FASTING BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE
1st August, 2019
IPR DAILY DEVOTION
Psalm 35:13 (KJV)
But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.
There comes a time in our walk with God, when our prayer would need to be coupled with fasting, especially when we sense that our soul is yielding more to the flesh than to the spirit.
Fasting is voluntarily going without food (or drink). In Christianity, fasting is abstinence from food or drink, and giving one’s self to activities that deepen our intimacy and communion with God. Fasting is not the reserve of some selected few; it is a part of our spiritual curriculum for spiritual growth and progress in the things of God.
The Psalmist in our theme Scripture gave the reason why he fasted; he said, he humbled his soul with fasting. Your soul is made up of your mind, your will, and your emotions. What does it mean to humble one’s soul? To humble means, to bring under; to subjugate; to make submissive. This means, fasting is a way of bringing your soul under the control of your spirit; it is to make your soul submissive to your spirit. We will expound on why your soul needs to be submissive to your spirit in our subsequent devotions. But given the Psalmist’s assertion, that he humbled his soul with fasting, could it not be that Apostle James was talking about fasting when he said in James 4:8-10( KJV):
“ Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.  Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” Could it also not be, that Apostle Peter was talking about fasting when he said in 1 Peter 5:6 (KJV): “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time”?
When we get to understand how the Holy Spirit flows from within our spirit, and ultimately expresses Himself through our body faculties, we’d see the need to introduce fasting into our spiritual curriculum from time to time.