Topic: Benefits Of Fasting [Teens’ Open Heavens 15, April 2018]
Memorise:Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. –Matthew 7:21
Read: Matthew 6:16-18 (KJV)
16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;
18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
Bible In One Year: 1 Samuel 17-18, Luke 15:1-10
I know that when fasting is mentioned among teenagers, you try to cover your ears, or even say that your parents are fasting on your behalf. But nobody can fast for you; they can pray for you, but they cannot fast for you. When someone fasts, the benefits of fasting comes to them and not someone else. Don’t mind those fake prophets that say they can fast for people, they are all liars. One major benefit of fasting is that it recharges your spiritual batteries. When you fast, you become more spiritually alert, you can connect better to the Spirit of God. Because of this connection, it is easier for you to know God’s mind concerning issues and for you to receive answers to your prayers too
Fasting also has immense health benefits. The body works non-stop to breakdown the food we take in. If we keep loading the body with food at every meal time, it won’t be able to break it all down, and it will be overworked, so that when there is a battle to sickness, it is too weak to fight against it. I am an old man now, and the reason I am still as strong and healthy as I am is because of God’s grace and the fact that I fast regularly.
Action Point: Set aside a day every week to fast and pray.
If you missed yesterday devotional, please click to read “Teen Open Heavens Daily Devotional by Pastor Adeboye’’
1. I am Thine 0 Lord, I have heard Thy voice,
And it told Thy love to me;
But I long to rise in the arms of faith
And be closer drawn to Thee.
Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord
To the cross where Thou hast died;
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord,
To Thy precious, bleeding side.
2. Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord,
By the pow’r of grace divine;
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope,
And my will be lost in Thine.
3. Oh, the pure delight of a single hour
That before Thy throne I spend,
When I kneel in prayer, and with Thee, my God
I commune as friend with friend!
4. There are depths of love that I cannot know
Till I cross the narrow sea;
There are heights of joy that I may not reach
Till I rest in peace with Thee.
Daily Devotional for Teen’s guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.