Jesus says to us in Matthew , "When you fast..." not "If you fast". God made it clear through the prophet Joel that the last days outpouring of the Spirit will be in proportion to our fasting and crying out to God in humility, hunger and repentance. Even wicked King Ahab's fast moved God so that he did not bring full judgment down on him in his own lifetime (1 Kings ). The soulish pain is due to the conflict in the spiritual realm between your flesh and the Spirit of God. A little training in fasting soon clears up this misconception.2.You cannot use food as an emotional crutch to give pleasure, drowsiness, satisfaction and escape. You are brought face to face with other painful issues in your life.God reveals the need for you to forgive others, to repent of your wicked ways, to stop running from Him and start trusting Him.
We need to "bite the bullet" and embrace the correction God wants to apply to our souls. It is a major key to hearing God's voice (the other is true worship - the two are related). The world we live in is working overtime to distract us, to entice us, to win our hearts and minds, our focus, and to determine our vision.Fasting cuts out the world so we can tune into God.And of all the things we can do to enhance the power and focus of prayer, fasting is doubtless the most potent.This is where the power is at, because fasting puts us in harmony with an All Powerful God who demands humility from those who wish to be close to Him. When it is done for that purpose, it pleases the Spirit of God.The elders, prophets and teachers in Antioch fasted and ministered to God, which resulted in the launching of Paul and Barnabas' apostolic ministry to the Gentiles (Acts 13:2,3). The physical pain is due to the detoxification of our bodies.
Likewise we should fast and pray before getting involved in full time ministry and mission work. All the accumulate poison and garbage starts to come into our blood and we feel dreadful. With juice fasting you have some control on the speed of your body's detoxification. Most times our bodies are demanding food 3 times a day and complain that food is needed when they are denied.
Jesus fasted to begin his public ministry, and have the power of God and the anointing. Elijah needed to fast 40 days before he heard God's voice again.
(1 Kings 19:8)Moses fasted to receive the Ten Commandments and the Law of God, and to see God's glory and goodness.
God wants to do many amazing things, but He looks for those willing to urgently make the corrections needed to come into line with him.
God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
My love for him was unconditional, I always stood by through thick and thin. I believe it was his fear of committment to walk out the door, he told me that he has “lost faith in me”.