"For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit."
As we begin Week 2 of fasting for the Roots Encounter, it's safe to assume we would like to advance in our spiritual walk and in our lives. We recognize that something more is needed to progress and grow. By fasting for supernatural breakthrough, we are following in the footsteps of Jesus. Likewise, we can expect great things as a result of closer, uninhibited fellowship with God.
Jesus explained that the only way for healing to come fully in certain circumstances was through prayer and fasting. He was essentially writing a prescription for freedom that was to come only through intimacy with the Father.
Christ himself, The Word Become Flesh, fasted for 40 days and nights apart from the distractions of people and the comfort of material things. The Son of God set out for an inhospitable wilderness to have communion with the Father.
Because of the time spent denying his flesh in the wasteland, miracles began to flow making his identity as the Messiah nearly undeniable.
Jesus became uncomfortable and that discomfort birthed breakthrough as a result of intimacy with God.
As we refine our focus from the world of earthly comforts to the things unseen, we rejoice in knowing that God's desire for us is to fully claim and partake of all that has been purchased.
"...I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."
1 John 10:10
"Prayer is reaching out after the unseen; fasting is letting go of all that is seen and temporal. Fasting helps express, deepen, confirm the resolution that we are ready to sacrifice anything, even ourselves to attain what we seek for the kingdom of God."