Fasting is the way of denying ourselves the things we personally like the most to focus and rely on God for wisdom, strength and provision. It is a means of getting our minds back on the reality that we are not self-sufficient but, depend on things beyond ourselves i.e. God and Him alone. It also help us to reconnect with God and completely surrender our whole being to Him. Great men of faith in the Bible like Moses, David, Daniel, Elijah and Jesus Himself fasted to draw closer to God.

Moses fasted for 40 days and nights before he received the law from God (Exodus 34:28). God wanted Moses to focus only on Him when He was given the Ten Commandments without any destruction.

After Jesus was baptised, He fasted for 40 days and nights in preparation to temptation by the by the devil. Through His reconnection to God the Father by fasting, He was given the Spirit to withstand the temptations of the devil (Matthew 4:1-11). Jesus knew that His disciples will need to fast to regain and renew their zeal, to serve Him once He is taken away. As Jesus’ disciples we are expected to now and again regain and renew our zeal for God through fasting (Mark 2:18-20).

Fasting goes with prayer, reading of the Bible and meditation on the Word. It is through the meditation on the Word through the Holy Spirit that we draw near to God and come know His will for our lives. As we are getting into Lent, let us draw near to God with fasting and prayer so that we can renew and regain our strength in the knowledge of Him who created us.

I pray that God may grant us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him; may He enlighten the eyes of our understanding so that we may know the hope for which He has called us through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen!

Mathibela Selepe