I woke up in the morning to pray and the Lord led me to pray about my finances. After some time in prayer, He introduced me to this concept of financial fasting.
In this article, I’ll tell you what it is and what its purpose is in the life of a believer. The aim of this article is to help you get into a new financial realm in God.
We are already familiar with what fasting is. All you do is deny yourself something as a bargain for something greater from God.
In most cases, fasting has something to do with denying ourselves food. As we know, food is a basic need. By denying ourselves food, it shows God just how much desire we have for the thing we are asking for. In other words, we desire what we are asking for more than food.
Financial fasting is simply abstaining from using your money. For the days you embark on a financial fast, you don’t spend a cent or you can set a maximum amount of money you can spend in a day.
It is the same as with food fasting; you can go absolutely dry, fluids only, fruits only, water only, one meal a day and many other variables. The decision is yours.
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You will realize that when you take a financial fast, it may force you to take a food fast too. When you don’t spend money to buy food, you will have to eat only what is available.
This is the type of fast the Jesus put the 72 on when he sent them out to different cities. He told them to carry no money with them.
4 Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.
7 Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house.
Luke 10:4, 7
In the end, when He asked them if any of them lacked, none of them said they lacked anything.
35 Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?” “Nothing,” they answered.
Purpose of Financial Fasting
The purpose of a financial fast is to help us become faithful stewards of the riches of the kingdom of God. Just as a servant cannot spend money that belongs to the master without the master’s approval so we should not spend money without God’s approval.
God is the provider of all the money that we have. We are only stewards. The only time we can spend the money we have as we like is when God tells us to spend a certain amount on whatever we want.
The amazing thing about being a servant of God is the assurance of daily bread. Just as the children of Israel neither planted nor harvested anything for the forty years they were in the wilderness yet they ate to their fill, those who trust in God’s provision will have plenty.
The cost of enjoying the abundance of God’s provision begins with laying down your spending plans to Him. Being the master, He can tell you to use your money to pay rent for your neighbor. When you do, He instructs a real estate manager to give you a free apartment.
The reward for surrendering your money to God will ALWAYS be greater than what you could achieve with the same money. The key is to act on God’s instructions.
Giving your money to church activity is good but unless God has asked you to do it, you won’t enjoy the full glory of God’s provision. Get instructions from Him.
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When you are taking a financial fast, your attitude should be ‘I want to be a faithful steward.’ The more faithful you are with what God has given you, the more He can entrust you with more.
Faith and Action
During your financial fast, you will see miracles start to manifest provided you do the fast with pure intentions. To sustain those miracles in your life, you have to fully surrender your finances to God.
Jesus was able to change water into wine and multiply fish together with bread because of His full submission in the area of provisions. In other words, He was only doing what His master had instructed Him to do. Jesus GAVE THANKS and the food multiplied.
When you allow God full control of your provisions, He can perform as many miracles as He wants. Your work will be to collect the remaining baskets and count them.
To keep the provision miracles going, you have to make sure you take every action God gives you concerning the possessions you have. How did God provide a lamb on mount Moriah? It was only when Abraham obeyed God in offering his only son Isaac.
It was God who gave Isaac to Abraham but Abraham put himself in the position of a steward with the task of taking care of Isaac. When the master asked for the child, Abraham was ready to give.
The good news is that God will always give you faith whenever He gives you a financial instruction. Provided you are fully submitted to God in your finances, you won’t struggle with any instruction.
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God may instruct you to order food yet you don’t have money to pay for it. Just like Esther, say ‘If I perish I perish’ and order that food. Whatever happens next is none of your business.
Work on your financial submission until you get to the point where Jesus was. Jesus didn’t even have a place to lay His head but all His needs were met.
God is indeed a provider but we have to meet the conditions that warrant His provision. You’ll only be able to multiply the widow’s oil if God has sent you.
Surrender! Surrender! Surrender!
God bless you!