You mean, there are benefits of fasting? You better believe it. Not just benefits, but immediate, long-lasting, and powerful benefits.
For anyone who has enjoyed the benefits of fasting, the powerful physical and spiritual benefits far outweigh the burden.
Here are some of the powerful benefits of fasting.
1. Powerful Health Benefits of Fasting
Fasting will detoxify your body, including your bloodstream, organs, and brain. With this detox you will see huge energy bursts. You will be able to think more clearly as the "brain fog" clears.
Fasting has been shown to build immunity to cancer and other diseases. Fasting and can even kill cancer cells and reverse the effects of cancer.
Fasting is a great way to lose weight.
Dr. J. Harold Smith was a preacher mightily used of God in the 20th Century, and a former medical doctor. He gave himself to fasting and prayer during his ministry. J. Harold Smith wrote a thorough book about fasting entitled, "Fast Your Way To Health". You can purchase it on Amazon.com for as little as $1.54.
For safety reasons, we highly recommend reading "Fast Your Way To Health" before doing any extended fasting.
In his book, J. Harold Smith said,
”A lust for food has sent many an individual to an early grave: a grave dug with a fork…Fasting is not nearly so deadly as feasting.” - J. Harold Smith
If done correctly, fasting has powerful and long-lasting health benefits. God promised to those who fast His way,
Isaiah 58: "…thine health shall spring forth speedily…"
2. Powerful Spiritual Benefits of Fasting
Fasting helps us to hunger for God more than we hunger for anything else. (Matthew 5:6)
Fasting removes our culinary comfort zone and helps us get down to business with God.
During fasting, God un-masks sin in our hearts so we can deal with that sin and break free of its power. As you deal with these sins, you will experience transformation, freedom, and victory that you didn't know were possible.
David Brainerd, missionary to Native Americans, gave testimony of sweet victories gained by fasting.
The Lord visited me marvelously in prayer…I felt no restraint, for the treasures of God’s grace were opened to me…I was under a sense of divine love, and went to bed in such a frame of mind, with my heart set on God. - David Brainerd
3. Powerful Prayer Benefits of Fasting
Jesus made this promise to those who fast and pray in secret,
"…thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly." - Matthew 6:18
Fasting will crush strong demonic influences. (Mark 9:29, Daniel 10:2-13)
Fasting will deepen and strengthen your prayer life.
Fasting will make you a better intercessor. You will engage in more serious, heart-felt intercessory prayer while fasting. (Nehemiah 1:3-4)
If prayer is the fire, fasting is the high-octane fuel that makes that fire rage.
I believe the most powerful benefit of fasting is this: Fasting will remove road-blocks and distractions in your prayer life and thus will intensify your prayer life, drawing you closer to God.
What are your thoughts about the benefits of fasting? Feel free to contact me and we may publish your thoughts in a later article.