If there was ever a spiritual discipline that is lacking or quite misunderstood, I would say it is the discipline of regular ‘Fasting’. Fasting is as vital to your spiritual walk of faith than many other essentials, such as reading the Bible daily, prayer, worship and fellowship with the saints. If you are wanting to deepen your walk with God and grow more intimately with Jesus then fasting cannot be neglected nor something that only happens once a year.
“As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I CONTINUED fasting and praying before the God of heaven.”
Notice how the English Standard Version says it?
Nehemiah CONTINUED fasting which means he was already in a fast.
I believe that Nehemiah wept and mourned with a broken heart because fasting enabled him to feel the heart of God at this time (which was that the walls of Jerusalem were being destroyed).
A few things we can learn from this one verse:
1. Fasting needs to be a regular practice in the life of a believer.
2. Fasting will make you more sensitive to God and what was going on around you.
3. Fasting goes hand in hand with prayer.
4. When you begin to fear, fast.
Jarrod is a passionate follower of Jesus Christ, who is fully devoted to the Word of God. Jarrod is married to Tamzyn and together they have one awesome boy, Malachi Josiah.