Matthew 4:1-4 & Pslam 23:1
Updated: Feb 4
"Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread." But He answered, "It is written, "'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'""
- Matthew 4:1-4 (ESV)
Jesus gives us an example of literally leaving day to day distractions and even day to day necessities, in this case food, to be with and rely on God. When the Spirit led Jesus to the desert, Jesus had an idea of the pain to come, but 40 days? Fasting for 40 days is not even a little bit easy. I have struggled in fasts that only last for a day. 40 days. Wow, He is faithful. He could have fallen to the temptations of Satan, but instead He turned to the Father to sustain Him. Jesus is the model and perfecter of our faith! If He is the model, let's challenge ourselves to imitate His practices!
(This is a topic I am speaking on from personal experience! I am still learning in the area of fasting. I am not a biblical expert or fasting expert by any means, as I have just started this practice. I would encourage you to dive into further research to fully grasp this practice along with me!)
People fast in different ways for different reasons, but at the end of the day the idea is to rely on God. Recently, I fasted to find direction in a certain situation but to mainly be reminded to keep my eyes on Jesus in every moment. When I found myself being tempted to give in to the desires of my mind, I lifted up a prayer to Jesus. It is, in fact, scripture. Like Jesus, I fought the desires with the Word of God.
"The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing."
- Psalm 23:1 (NIV)
Over and over again I lifted up this scripture to God, but also for my own strength. Since my last fast, I often times find myself reciting this scripture when I am chasing my own desires even as they appear in my thoughts. I challenge you to use this verse, or memorize a verse that speaks into your life, to fight off the enemy in your life. The Word is truth!