Things are always changing around us. We go from season to season in life – Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall – and just as the seasons change so does every other aspect of life. But even though we must accept that change is constant, it doesn’t mean it is easy.
Change always brings both excitement and uncertainty as we try to navigate the new opportunity or challenge in front of us. This is why fasting is so important during seasons of transition and change. As we look through Scripture, we often see that new seasons of God’s favor and work were preceded by fasting.
Moses fasted before he received the Law (Exodus 34:28).
Jesus fasted before the start of His earthly ministry (Matthew 4:2).
Paul fasted before the start of his missionary ministry (Acts 13:2).
Wherever you are at during your season of change, fasting will bring clarity, confidence, and commitment to stick it out. Fasting brings a fresh anointing of power for the new seasons of life.
Exodus 34:28 NIV
28Moses was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights without eating bread or drinking water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant—the Ten Commandments.
Matthew 4:2 NIV
2After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.
Acts 13:2 NIV
2While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”
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