Time to Fast?

The first of the year is a popular time to do an extended fast as a way of preparing for the months ahead. This past January I did a Daniel Fast, but now that half the year is gone, I have been sensing that I should do a mid-year fast.

People may choose to undergo a fast for a variety of reasons – discernment, favor, healing, freedom from a life-controlling issue, spiritual empowerment, or wisdom. When you fast, you deny yourself food, or certain foods, for a specified period of time as an act of surrender and worship. 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.”

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Matthew 5:6: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” God wants us to come to Him. He invites us to know Him more. The promise in this verse is clear: When we seek the Lord above all else, we will not lack anything.

Are there any situations in your life in which you desperately need the Lord’s help? If so, then consider doing a fast. Remember, the promise in Matthew 5:6 is for you. God is ready and waiting to bless you richly as you pursue Him through prayer and fasting.


  1. Kristen, I totally agree with you–we should use the tool of fasting and quieting our body not once a year, but as often as we are facing situations when we need extra guidance.

    My husband and I did the Daniel fast in the beginning of the year, but a few weeks ago we were facing some tough choices and needed extra help from the Lord, so we did a week of Daniel fast, but in this case eating only uncooked vegan foods. On the 6th day of the fast we received an answer from the Lord and it brought us peace to make the decision we had to make… Now we are making plans to make it come to pass.

    It’s in the time of disciplining our body when our spirit is the strongest 🙂

  2. Thanks for your comment, Elena. I especially like what you said at the end. That is good!