Do not fool yourself, at its core, fasting is about hunger.
Here is a statement that qualifies as one of the all-time understatements that has ever been written: (Speaking of Jesus after his 40-day season of fasting) “And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.” (Matthew 4:2, NKJV).
Duh! No surprise from me.
But what may surprise you is that when tempted with food Jesus said no.
How in the world did he suppress a 40-day old hunger?! Answer: His fasting had developed a greater-than-food hunger, a hunger to please God by being a yielded vessel of honor.
Bottom line, this season of fasting is supposed to make you hungry. The question that must be answered is, “Hungry for what?”
- Prayer: Father God, I have been snacking between meals long enough. I’m tired of killing my appetite for you with “junk food” and not being hungry when you have prepared a meal for me. Let me be clear, I am fasting this season in order to conquer my cravings for lesser things and even harmful things. I want to come through this season hungrier for you than anything this world has to offer. I want to be healthy–physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Please help me.
John 4:32-34 (NKJV)
32 But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” 33 Therefore the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?” 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.