Fasting is abstaining from something for a period of time as a way to cleanse your body, mind and spirit. Fasting is also when your prayers should be strong, increased, more reflective and thoughtful. This isn’t a time for those quick, soft, begging prayers because when you fast, the enemy’s attack become more intense because you are leaving a void that has to be filled. See fasting is essentially getting rid of toxins that are harmful to the longevity of your spiritual life. And where there’s emptiness, the enemy sees an invitation. And the more you fast, the more it feel like things are working against you. You try to get rid of the smoking addiction but it not only comes back stronger, it shows up with the desire to smoke, drink, club, lust, cuss, anger and lying. You try to clean up your lazy spirit and you’ve been doing well. You’ve attended church, been on the prayer calls, held to the fast and all. But then all of a sudden, you have this tingling in your spirit that says, “You still ain’t doing enough.” It’s not your fault but you left an empty space so clean that it looked like flashing lights beckoning the enemy to come over. And he didn’t come by himself, he brought worry, unworthiness, fear, second guessing, shame, anxiety and separation.
Beloved it’s not you. The enemy is seeking to fill a void. Matthew 12:43-44, “When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, but finds none. Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds the house empty, swept, and put in order.” How do you fix it? By your worship, your service and humility. You don’t have to trust my word but trust God’s because when Jesus was fasting and being harassed by the enemy, He says in Matthew 4:11, “Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the LORD your God and serve only him.” I know some days gets hard but humble yourself. 1 Peter 5:6, “So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.” And when it gets harder, serve. 1 Samuel 12:24, “Only fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you.” These things fill the void and they benefit your mind, body and spirit because what’s the sense of fasting without it paying off for your greater good?