Why Fasting Is Critical To Growing In Grace

Did you know that according to the Bible, fasting increases the measure of Grace God imparts to you? Grace is God’s favor, power, and divine influence and being obedient to fast increases these amazing attributes of grace into the life of the believer, but why?

It comes down to humility. You see for starters, fasting is not an option for the true believer. Jesus never said, “if you fast“, He said, “when you fast” and equated its importance in the life of a believer to prayer. As surely as you know that you must pray, you must also obey to fast when He calls you to do so. Why? Because He said to.

“Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance:…” – Matthew‬ ‭6:16‬ ‭

“But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;” – Matthew‬ ‭6:17‬ ‭

Fasting is such a perfect picture of the relationship, reality, and function of faith and grace. God says to fast, in faith you humble yourself and obey by turning away from (or repenting of) food and as soon as you turn away the food in faith then God sends His grace to supernaturally strengthen you and empower you to walk this thing out when you otherwise could not!

“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” – Matthew‬ ‭4:4‬ ‭

You see, James 4:6 tells us that God gives more grace to the humble. However, what many do not realize is that you must humble yourself, God will not do it for you. Therefore, you can have as much grace as you want, if you want it enough to humble yourself for it by choosing to obey God in faith, pick up your cross, follow Him, and believe that He is able to get you through any wilderness that He leads you into. If you want to grow in grace as we are instructed to do in 2 Peter 3:18, you must humble your flesh by disciplining it, or as the Apostle Paul Said, by “putting it into submission”.

“But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” – 1 Corinthians‬ ‭9:27‬ ‭

Faith is a choice, you must choose whom you will serve, God or flesh/self. To choose God over self you must humble yourself. You must choose to humble yourself, God will not do it for you. God does not humble man while he lives, He may humiliate you in His mercy and effort to break your pride, but even then you must choose to either become humbled or hardened by the humiliation. All of scripture makes it very clear that you must humble yourself. You must choose to stop trusting in self, in flesh, and in the things of this carnal world, and put your faith (which encompasses trust, hope, and submission) in God alone.

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles‬ ‭7:14‬

“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:” – 1 Peter‬ ‭5:6‬ ‭

Fasting is a humbling. It is not something that the flesh wants to do. It’s an act of submission, sacrifice, obedience, faith, and love. It mortifies the flesh, it baffles the logic, it rejects self will and bows to God’s. It is in every way an act of faith that once stepped out in is completed only by God’s grace, which then builds your faith in His grace for greater things yet to come for those who truly believe in and live by every word He says!

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” – James‬ ‭4:10‬ ‭

“I humbled my soul with fasting;” – Psalms‬ ‭35:13‬ ‭

“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” – James‬ ‭4:6-7‬ ‭

“And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.” – Matthew‬ ‭17:20-21‬ ‭

“Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the Lord your God, and cry unto the Lord,” – Joel‬ ‭1:14‬ ‭

“Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God? Then will the Lord be jealous for his land, and pity his people.” – Joel‬ ‭2:16-18‬ ‭

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles‬ ‭7:14‬

“And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly. And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me? because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days:…” – 1 Kings‬ ‭21:27-29‬ ‭


2 thoughts on “Why Fasting Is Critical To Growing In Grace

    • Seek the Lord and wait for Him to show you. It can be for any length of time that God wants and He will also tell you what to fast. Sometimes it’s all food, sometimes it’s only certain foods, sometimes it not food but something that has a hold on you like an addiction or distraction. Whatever He calls you to give up and for ever how long He tells you to do it, obey and pray every day while you do it and you will see Spiritual growth like you never have experienced before.


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