He Fights for You

“For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.” – Deuteronomy 20:4

Most of us have witnessed a child throwing a temper tantrum. It’s not a pleasant sight, especially when the little rebel thrashing around on the floor is your own flesh and blood. The same type of battle occurs when you fast. Your body behaves like a disobedient child. It resists your efforts to make it do something it doesn’t want to do, kicking and screaming the whole way in protest.

Fasting is the restriction of food, or certain foods, for a specified period of time as an act of surrender and worship to the Lord. People may choose to fast and pray for a variety of reasons – discernment, favor, healing, freedom from a life-controlling issue, spiritual empowerment, or wisdom. You are, in essence, saying, “God, I have to have your help in this situation. I don’t know what to do, and I’m willing to sacrifice my time, my physical comfort, and my desires so I can hear from you.”

When you tell your body, “No,” and deny one of its favorite indulgences, you will probably encounter uncomfortable physical consequences, such as hunger pangs, headaches, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, or overall weakness. Spiritually, you will also face fierce opposition from the enemy of your soul, who doesn’t want you to grow closer to God. He will do everything he can to defeat you.

If you are fasting right now, you are not alone. Be encouraged by Exodus 14:14, which says, “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” The battle you’re in is not yours, but the Lord’s. All you need to do is put your trust in Him to take care of you.

However, if you haven’t yet committed to a fast, why are you waiting? Don’t let doubt and fear rob you of a deeper connection with God. Listen to the voice of your Savior, who is calling you to humble yourself before Him.

Fasting is a unique opportunity to draw near to God and experience the wonders of His great love. The Lord invites us to deny ourselves through this spiritual discipline, so that we might experience the joy of seeking Him above all else.