Daily Archives: May 3, 2009

Fasting for Victory over Temptation

In his book on Spiritual disciplines Donald Whitney writes, “There are times we struggle with temptation, or we anticipate grappling with it, when we need extra spiritual strength to overcome it.” (p175) These are times when we may want to fast as a means of drawing near to God and gaining spiritual strength for the battle.
When Jesus was prepared to begin his ministry he first went to John the Baptist in order to be baptized. During that Baptism, the Father revealed Jesus to John as the Messiah by sending the Holy Spirit to come upon him in the form of a dove; together with a voice from God himself saying, “This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.” As Jesus, now filled and empowered by God’s Spirit comes up out of the water the Holy Spirit directs him to walk off into the lonely desert regions. The reason for his Spirit lead journey was for the single purpose that Jesus would be tempted. Over the next forty days and nights Jesus endured unremitting temptation while fasting.
The book of Hebrews tells us that, “Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered.” (Heb 5:8 NAU) This period of fasting and testing was an extreme period of intense training for the road ahead.