Then his servants said to him, “What is this thing that you have done? While the child was alive, you fasted and wept; but when the child died, you arose and ate food.” He said, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, ‘Who knows, the Lord may be gracious to me, that the child may live.’ But now he has died; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.” 2 Samuel 12:21-23
I’ve spent most of my adult life fasting periodically for people and for my own spiritual growth. King David gives an excellent and simply opportunity for us to understand how fasting works. Let’s take a closer look…
First, you must have a clear understanding of why you’re fasting. It’s not about you, it’s about God working through you as an intercessor. See the end result before you start, it builds your faith.
Second, you must follow your planned fast from start to finish. Don’t deviate, make excuses, or quit. Stay focused, with mental and spiritual accuracy.
Third, know when it’s over–and call it done. Your fasting is with purpose, so when the answer comes from the Spirit and you know it’s complete, stop. It’s time to move on, whether you received the answer or not.
Don’t wait till all Hell breaks loose to decide “hey, we need to fast about this”. When you develop a fasting lifestyle, it will come natural for when, where, and how you fast.