Fasting is essential because it answers our cry for more of God.
Fasting. It sounds difficult. Fasting every week? That sounds impossible! Our society considers hunger among the worst of fates, but God calls fasting part of basic Christianity. Hunger for God is not foreign to anyone who loves Jesus--it is an ache within that makes us desperate. What may be new to some is that fasting is a God-ordained way to tenderize our hearts to receive more from God.
In order to respond to God's invitation to fast, we must first discover the truth about the grace and discipline of fasting, including the joys of embracing voluntary weakness, the benefits of a fasted lifestyle and dangers to avoid along the way. Fasting increases our experience of God's love and the depth of our encounter with Jesus the Bridegroom, and equips us to operate in the power of the Holy Spirit in severe times in which we live. Fasting is not something we can neglect or avoid; we must embrace it wholeheartedly.