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We should model Christ’s example when fasting. When He was on earth, He had God’s anointing to meet people’s needs, but He still needed to fast. The Bible says, Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days.…When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time. Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit.(Luke 4: 1–2, 13–14, emphasis added) The Holy Spirit had come upon Jesus when He was baptized. (See Luke 3:21– 22.) Yet after fasting, He returned “in the power of the Spirit.”
Jesus didn’t receive the Holy Spirit after He fasted, but the Spirit within Him was manifested with new power. Although you received the Holy Spirit when you were born again, fasting ignites His power within you; you develop a hunger for intimacy with God, and the work of the Holy Spirit is manifested in your life. Witnessing about God’s love and grace brings you joy, and you serve God in ways you never expected.
Soon after His forty-day fast, Jesus encountered a demon-possessed
man. When you fast, God sends you challenges because you’re ready to handle them now through His Spirit. There are people to whom God wants you to minister, but they won’t cross your path until you’re equipped to help them. Fasting prepares you for ministry.
Prayer: Father, thank You for teaching me about the power that accompanies fasting. Please equip me for ministry as I consecrate myself to You.
In Jesus’ name, amen.
Thought: A fast ignites the power of the Spirit within you.
Reading: 2 Chronicles 28–29; John 17