Day 10


Isaiah 58:3-7, Luke 4:1-4, Matthew 6:16-18, Matthew 9:14-17, John 4:31-38, John 6:48-51, Revelation 19:6-10

BY Tameshia Williams

“Don’t fill up on bread,” I warn myself when dining out. Then my waiter brings a basket of freshly baked rolls, glistening with melted butter, and I forget my earlier caution. A blended aroma of honey, vanilla, and yeast drifts under my nose, as I raise the bread to my mouth. One bite into the warm, pillowy dough and my eyes nearly roll back. As my taste buds savor the last bite, I discover that I am full.   

God has given us food to both enjoy and sustain our bodies. But at times He calls us away from our daily sustenance so we can more fully engage with Him. This is especially challenging for me, a self-proclaimed foodie who relishes restaurant menus like they’re “hot off the press” bestsellers. However, I answer God’s call, metaphorically turning my plate over because I desire continued spiritual growth.

For the last three years, my church community has fasted once a month for twenty-four-hour intervals. Fasting is not a punishment inflicted on our bodies or a measure of our piety. Instead, God invites us as believers to give up something that is good for something even greater. We step away from the rhythms of our routines to pay more attention to His Word, deepening our relationship with Him.    

The Gospels record Jesus’s forty-day stay in the wilderness, where He spent time alone with God and prepared for ministry through prayer and fasting. When Satan challenged Him to satisfy His hunger supernaturally, Jesus refused. Instead, He demonstrated His dependence on God with these words: “Man must not live on bread alone” (Luke 4:4). 

When I fast, I agree with Jesus and recognize God as the ultimate source of both my physical and spiritual needs. Like our Savior did, I communicate my desire for the fulfillment of God’s will by positioning myself to be in fellowship with Him, without distractions (Luke 4:1). And when I do, He fills my heart and satisfies my soul in ways that physical food and earthly activities cannot (John 6:51). 

It may seem counterintuitive, but when we regularly abstain from certain habits to pursue God, He refreshes us and refuels our passion for serving Him. We also grow more aware of the Spirit’s presence and more readily approach God in humility, relying on His strength to overcome sin in our lives. 

What are the things that compete for our undivided attention above God? Is it social media or television? How about our smartphones or the time we invest in our relationships? Perhaps food is the culprit. Whatever the distraction, Jesus calls us to focus less on things that bring temporary fulfillment and more on Him, the true Bread of Life (John 6:48–50). He has many good things in store for us—things far more satisfying than any activity and better than the most delicious bread.

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100 thoughts on "Fasting"

  1. Celena L.Stewart says:

    Fasting is new to me. I will have to pray and see where God puts me.

  2. Michelle Martin says:

    Lord, let my first desire be you. May I hunger for more of you-recognizing that I can’t live on earthly bread alone.

  3. Yadira Rohrer says:

    “Lift up your eyes and see that the fields are white for harvest.”
    This was so convicting to me, I know I need to lift up my eyes from the distractions that are entangling me and see the harvest around me. It’s been a while I since I shared the gospel with an unbeliever.

  4. Melodye Phillips says:

    I agree that I am glad she made me think of non-food fasting. Fasting from food is an area that can be troublesome for the vast majority of us- especially for anyone who has or is struggling with an eating disorder. There is so much more to say on this!

  5. Joy P says:

    I desire to fellowship with God without distraction – whether that be physical food, media, my phone etc. I choose to let go and let Him be in control of everything.

  6. Kate Emmert says:

    I and feeling so anxious right now and trying to focus on Gods good. I know there are distractions in the world I need to rid myself of. Please pray for me!

  7. Cristi Caston says:

    What an amazing testimony of His goodness and faithfulness! So glad they’re both ok!

  8. K L says:

    I’m glad that she mentioned a few non-food ways to fast, especially for those of us who have struggled/are struggling with eating disorders.

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