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But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do.

1 Corinthians 8:8 (NIV)

When we fast and draw closer to the Lord, it’s not because of a lack of food. Instead, it’s a change of focus from things of the flesh to the Spirit. I see fasting as a means of forcing a spiritual discipline on our weak flesh. Although, we cannot successfully fast and physically deny ourselves without relying upon the Lord. Whether or not we fast, we don’t gain God’s approval or favor because we eat or do not eat. Again, the point of fasting is to focus more on the Spirit than on the flesh.

If we focus more on the flesh than the Spirit, it’s time to make a change. While that change could be fasting, there’s no point in fasting if we only have a shift in focus during the fast and go back to where we were before it. That is, focusing more on the flesh than the Spirit. Hence, making the Spirit the center of our daily walk is better than a short fasting period. By regularly focusing more on the Spirit, we can fast to improve our daily spiritual focus instead of trying to supplement or replace it with fasting.

Father, I praise and exalt you for who you are. Please help me to daily focus on Spiritual things and less on worldly things. Lord, when I am not giving you my all, please show me and help me to surrender myself entirely to you. Thank you, Lord, for doing this. In Jesus’ name, I pray.