The Spiritual Benefits of Fasting - Day 6
January 12, 2018
Welcome to day 6 of the 21-day fast. Congratulations! You are more than a quarter of the way through.
The Spiritual Benefits of Fasting
Today we will discuss the spiritual benefit of fasting. Fasting food can be difficult, and you may be asking yourself, after 6 days of fasting, “Why am I doing this?” or “How will fasting benefit me?” After a few days of denying yourself those go-to comfort foods and daily routines of morning coffee or afternoon snacks, you can begin to lose your motivation and inspiration for fasting. Remember your why! What is the underlying reason for your fast? Is it a specific person, or situation? Is it to grow your personal relationship with God? Is it for healing or breakthrough?
At almost a week into your fast, whether it’s a full fast, Daniel Fast, or partial fast, it’s easy to get distracted and discouraged if you don’t see the results you’ve been praying for. Don’t give up now! Lean into this commitment and your rewards will be great! There are spiritual benefits to fasting that you may have not even considered.
If I could sum it up in one word, it would be “increase.” God wants to bring increase into all areas of your physical and spiritual life. It begins with an increase in intimacy with Him. There is no greater benefit to fasting than getting closer to God. When we fast, all of the things in our life we put before God are revealed. This gives us the opportunity to clean out the “stuff” keeping us from a closer, more meaningful walk with The Lord.
Often, fasting will reveal to us what I like to call placeholders. These are like substitutes for the real thing. It may be in the form of a habit, addiction, material possession or even a person who we gravitate towards for a sense of peace or pleasure in place of the true peace and satisfaction only God can provide. These placeholders give us a false reliance on our flesh, and can even lead to self-destructive behavior.
For instance, I recently felt impressed by the Holy Spirit to fast sugar for thirty days. I wasn’t sure why, but I knew it was something The Lord was leading me to do. Within two weeks, a long-time pain in my knee disappeared. Within 30 days, an arthritic pain in my knuckles was 90% gone. For months I had been praying for God to heal these problems. And He did! But my healing came in a way that showed me a behavior I needed to change.
Time and time again, people have shared stories similar to this. During their fast, they felt God leading them to do unusual things, call someone they had not spoken to in years, ask for a raise, make an unplanned stop, only to realize it was part of God’s plan to provide answers to their prayers! As we fast, we become more sensitive to the Holy Spirit and more open to hear and see God at work around us.
As your intimacy with God increases, doors begin to open for physical increase as well. Increase in health and healing, strategies to increase finances, pathways to increase your joy, and so much more. God desires to increase you in both the physical and the spiritual realms of your life.
What about you?
Are you beginning to see God at work around you or through you during this fast? Have you already seen answers to specific prayers, or is God doing some unexpected things? Sign in to respond below.
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account_circle Andy Andrews
Please Agree With us . Praying for our boys hearts to be impacted in greater and deeper way forever changed set on fire for Jesus 3 boys heading to church camps Ages 13,11 and 8. Our 6 year old is staying home believing also for miracles for him No attitude Lol.Believing for 18 yr old to come back to Jesus .Miracle healings in friends & family Cancer be healed.Arthritis be healed.Knees shoulders and Joints be New. Spleen and Kidneys be created. Total healing from cerebal palsy, epilepsy and physical impairement and brain damage. Restoration in relationships finances.debts cancelled. Marriage be healed.Employment come.Favour in all areas.Blessed in city and country. Going out coming in.Walking in fullness of Blessing in all areas.This is our year 2018.Increase come.Overflow come. IN JESUS MIGHTY NAME He is our Jubilee .
account_circle Miracle Lotus
✨HEAVENLY FATHER! I come to YOU in the name of JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH, The Author and Finisher of my FAITH.Please open the window of Heaven and pour out on us a flood of Financial Blessing so great that we don't even have room enough to receive✨ ✨Father! I pray for all of my Brothers and Sisters in Christ, who are going through a financial crisis right now will be blessed in JESUS's name✨ ✨FATHER! I pray for the blessing of Ephesians 3:20 over my life, my children,my family, my friends and for all of Your Sons and Daughters on this Earth.That You will do exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ask or think or imagine✨ ✨FATHER! I come to YOU today in the name above all name that Jesus Christ is My Lord and Savior. He is my Hight Priest in Heavenly Places. Whatever I ask on Earth in HIS Name, IT SHALL BE DONE And RELEASE IN HEAVEN✨ ✨FATHER! Please Release Archangel MICHAEL to work on OUR behavior, to clear up the way for YOUR BLESSING to come to us NOW as I pray✨ ✨FATHER! Let Your Angelic Hosts move all the demonic strongholds that holding back our Blessings from YOU in spiritual realms Be Lose Right NOW IN the Name of Jesus✨ ✨FATHER! Let Your Words Be Manifest in our life so the world can see it's not us as Human but it's YOU who working through us for YOUR OWN GLORY✨ ✨FATHER! I ask for Supernatural Breakthroughs in Financial, Healing and Restoration, Revival and Miracles are coming on our ways in the name of JESUS✨ ✨FATHER! I prayer in the name of Jesus, all of the illegal demonic principalities that holding us back in spiritual realms, keep us away from fulfilling our calls to Your higher Good for all Mankind will be broken right now in the name of JESUS✨ ✨FATHER! Let everything YOU have for us be upon us right NOW in the name of JESUS.Let The Power of The HOLY SPIRIT.The Anointing of GOD be Upon Us Today and Always✨ ✨FATHER! Thank you for Your Angels are legions surrounding us to guarded and protected us all the days of our lives. ✨FATHER! In YOU we live we move and have our being. We are Sons and Daughters of THE ALMIGHTY GOD. We refuse to bow down to anything else but YOU,OUR HEAVENLY FATHER IN THE HIGH PLACES. In JESUS's name I Pray.AMEN🙏🏻❤️🌍🕊
account_circle Karla Cole
All praises to God, I had a throbbing pain in my right calf that started day 5 of fast, it concerned me and of course the enemy started speaking lies BUT I immediately cast them down with the word of God (2 Cor 10:5), and I thought on good things (Phil 4:8) and I claimed my healing (Isaiah 53:4-5, Matt 8:17, & 1 Peter 2:24). Throughout the rest of night and throughout the day I read my God’s promises, kept confessing and EXPECTING my healing. My God is not a God who should lie. Praise God the pain left sometime late in th evening. Some of you may say that’s small or simple, but if I’m concerned about it, My father is too. Scripture says if he knows the number of hairs on my head why wouldn’t he be concerned about my little things? So brothers and sisters trust God and EXPECT answers to your prayers when you pray believing you will receive the answer(s). As I read everyone’s blog post I am praying for you all. Stay encouraged and be blessed! We serve an awesome God.
account_circle Joan Young
Today is the day that I seem the increase in relationship with God as I increase in my relationship with Him he is opening doors of increased relationship with FAMILY members and my children I thank God for His love and forgiveness His mercy His Grace what a privilege we are given as believers to be in relationship with the King of all Kings the creator of the Universe I am in awe and eternally grateful to God
account_circle Rosemary Turner
Soo grateful to God I get to see this day and I acknowledge (I need You Jesus). So grateful to be a part of this Faith Body of believers in Christ. One observation I noticed thus far is the Amplitude of God's Voice is Closer (NOT Yelling), just Closer and Clearer. To God be the glory! There was a Christian movie showing at my church this evening. I WANTED TO GO!! I thought about the people who would be there and I thought it was a sensible way to spend a Friday evening. After pondering on it, however, I made the decision to press in and spend the evening with my ABBA Daddy. It wasn't until I walked into the apartment, that I had a peace that I made the right decision. So many negative voices were screaming about what I was about to miss. Then I remembered this morning in a devotional, I read to "Let my (ABBA,) Heavenly Father be the most important person in my life. He approves me and accepts me and says I am His masterpiece. It seemed as if He was whispering to me, "So glad you chose to spend the evening with Me." Thank You JESUS!! Thank you Body of Believers. Not by (my) might or by power but by My (God's) Spirit says the Lord of Hosts. Zech 4:6. So grateful for the Holy Spirit giving me/us strength courage and peace. In Jesus Name, Amen
account_circle Joe Carter
Thank you for leading the way with the 21 day fast. This is my first year joining my wife in the fast. Grateful from Pennsylvania!
account_circle Sandra Early
Praying for all of us to hear the still small voice, the Holy Spirit that Jesus promised would be with us to lead us in all Truth.
account_circle ROXANN Wilson
Please pray for my family to heal
account_circle James Onderko
i live in Michigan and on day 4 a previous employer called to inform me that they recently performed an audit and they found that they owed me $900 and some change, Praise God! I sowed it into 3 Ministries that are currently close to my heart. Free Chapel is one of them!
account_circle John and Kim Neill
Although something I have been praying about became a more serious situation on Jan 10th and 11th , the peace about it has increased. Have you heard the joke that if you want to make God laugh, then tell Him your plans? I was suggesting "plans" to my husband this morning about the situation and knew God must being saying, " Ya'll need to stop that." I have also seen some unexpected things happen that I feel are those "winks" from God reminding me that He isn't as far away as I sometimes feel He is. But I can see that a fast would correct that because just getting my focus where it should be would be the answer. It's just too easy to get off track with life. The first fast I participated in was shorter and although there were answered prayers, this one seems different. Hunger pangs and all, I'm really enjoying it.
account_circle Ntombi Xamela
I c God at work already in my life. Answering some prayers. God is good all the time.
account_circle Deedy Williams
Hello Family! So encouraged by this word today.. "Increase". Its amazing, when you devout time to fasting and prayer, the attacks that come, and for me at the financial attack heightened 2 days ago, but I am thanking God, nevertheless, at His Word, for the increase. Thank you Jesus. Have a Blessed and Prosperous day!
account_circle Barbara McKee
Good morning. So far the Lord has been working with me on what I put in my body like what I am eating. I studied the Daniel way of eating awhile back and started and then life got in the way and I got side tracked. Now that I started again its seems so good to put healthy things in my body. Most people are not good at Always putting the right stuff in their bodies and body type or weight has little to do with that. A skinny person can be just as unhealthy in their diet as a heavier person. In some cases worse. Secondly God is working with me in what to feed my mind and my Spirit and what to Not feed it. What we feed into we become. It is very important to realise this fact. For example if we feed on anger, impurity.. .etc we become that. If we feed on purity, love, honesty, etc. We become that. Its all in our choices in life. As far as finances God wants us all to know that if we are not faithful and wise with little we wont get more. A Lord gave 3 different people money. One 5 coins, one 3 or 2, and 1 one coin. The first two increased their coins and the Lord honoured that and blessed with more and the joy of the Lord. The third did not so the Lord took his one and gave it to the one with 10. Now its just figuring out how to honour the Lord with my money. I know about giving the first part of everything to the Lord. Its just working out the rest. God gives us the ability to make money yet He is still our source. Without Him we could not draw our next breath. Please pray for my weaknesses. Much love to all.
account_circle Renee West
Good morning family it's a blessing to be here among God's people. This fast is bringing me in alignment with God's perfect will for my life. My daliy devotion is different my reading, praying I trust God our father to take me further and higher than I've ever being before. My daughter will come to accept Jesus Christ has her savior my sister and my mother too in fact evey member of my bloodline I want them to meet at the feet of Jesus singing songs of praise. I am seeking God in this fast like never before cause I know once I have him every good thing he will add to my life.
account_circle Charlotte and Ruby Edwards
God has revealed a couple of things to me while fasting...one was to write letters of wisdom and encouragement to my nephews that are incarcerated. God is really speaking and revealing things to me!
account_circle Karen Johnson
The attacks have been heavy already during this fast but the immediate responses from God and answers to pray have been heavier! God is speaking to me like never before. The dialogue is unbelievable. He is instructing me and commanding me with how to deal with the attacks. I have complete peace. This is my 5th fast with Free Chapel and probably the most intense in terms of seeing the forces of Good and evil right before me, which means I know the favor is upon me. I see it right in front of me clear as day. My eyes are wide open. I received desired pregnancy 2 years ago as a result of a fast and named my baby Grace Grace. I recently received the news of the Free Chapel Atlanta Campus which was a result from all my years of fasting. I fully embrace this fast. The physical sacrifices have literally become easy. I can’t wait to share my testimony at the end. I know that He can and I know that He will. I just continue to thank Him for what He is doing. God Bless.
account_circle Kelly Granitz
I always see miracles when I am fasting. I keep a "Blessing Jar” to add a stone to for God's blessings. Someone had stolen my winter coat last winter, so I have been relying on sweaters and little jackets. A client came in the other night with a fur-lined coat for me. It brought me to tears...the next morning in one of Jentezen's Fasting journals, the verses on that day were, “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” Matt. 6:28-30 He loves us SO very much and shows us how close He is to us when we draw closer to Him.
account_circle Carlos Martinez
I have seen changes. I'm fasting to stop gambling and have closer walk with Jesus. I want the Lord to be my friend an to reveal truth in my life and to do his will.
account_circle Joan Young
God has answered a life changing prayer for me I have made significant step toward embracing a project that God is supervising with regard to my residential status and enrolment for a Business Degree I am beginning to train which has happened before I expected it today as a community I ask for prayer that I stay focused on God so that as He reveals each step I take them with Him synchronised with Him.
account_circle ROXANN Wilson
Please pray for my strength I am feeling sad and weak
account_circle Angel Mac
I also wish if you could post a scripture reading for each day to give me more to read, thanks
account_circle Angel Mac
Praise the Lord I'm still here. The most important thing happening so far is increase in intimacy with God. I'm praying more and seeking. I'm being encouraged through meditations on sermon, the blogs, scripture reading. God also favoured me this week as a speech therapist im seeking help from for my Daughter will be in my area twice a week, amen. Still learning more and waiting!. Amen
account_circle Maria Barnes
I have seen a peaceful demeanor in dealing with some stressful situations, had I not been fasting I would have blown up Thank you God for inner peace,
account_circle Mary Phosa
Yesterday i was meditating on Ephesians 3 :20 then it hit me how God by consequence of His action with His Power which works within us is able to do superabundant. Its common scripture but if meditate in this power you start to tie loose ends. I cannot wait to understand more of His POWER. Hungry i am yes! but forward i go
account_circle Ntombizodwa Maria Mavundla
God has healed my son after months struggling with ring worms. On Monday morning i ask God to heal the sores that were surfacing on his scalp in a very bad way. Im happy to say that God has done it for me, the sore are healing nicely. God has done many great things in my life. His Mighty name be praised.
account_circle ROXANN Wilson
Yes he has broken down a communication barrier we are on the path of healing
account_circle Ziningi SHOBA
I am hearing from God the way I haven't in months. I can feel the mountains moving that have been blocking me to see things that are hidden in my life. I praise God
account_circle Wanga Mosha
Yesterday was the hardest day. I called my mentor whom I had informed that I would be fasting. I told her I am giving up. 5 days and nothing!!! Am I not supposed to hear God speak. Reading what you have written makes me realise I was looking outward and not inward. I will stay still and dedicate the next days to hear him speak to me.