How to See God in a Greater Way


Go ahead. Grab your “fasting magnifying glass.” You’ll see God in a greater way!

One of the best birthday presents my parents ever gave me was a sling shot and a magnifying glass.  A magnifying glass was a dream come true because I could see details of things that I couldn't normally see—and I could burn a few leaves too!

Fasting is like using a magnifying glass in your spiritual life. It allows you to “see” God in a much closer way too. It enlarges your perception of Him so you can understand Him better.

The Hebrew word for fasting is kana and it means to “subdue or to bring low.” It is the scriptural word for either bringing down an enemy in combat or subduing your own soul in an action of humility.

In the first century, fasting twice a week was a regular practice. There were minor fasts (from sunrise to sundown) and there are examples in both the Old and New Testaments of fasting for just meals or even for many days. For example, Jesus fasted in the wilderness for 40 days.

While doing a study on fasting, I discovered that in addition to abstaining from food, kana can be practiced in other simple ways. For example, giving up sugar, sports for a weekend, television, or a relationship for a time can be considered fasting.

Through experience, I have discovered seven valuable and compelling reasons for fasting:

  1. Fasting enables the Holy Spirit to reveal your true spiritual condition.
  2. Fasting aligns your priorities with God’s desires.
  3. Fasting helps form a separation between what you want and what you need.
  4. Fasting stirs a hunger in your spirit that goes deeper than temporary hunger for food.
  5. Fasting can restore the loss of your “first love” and restore your intimate relationship with Christ.
  6. Fasting is a biblical way to truly humble yourself in the sight of God and become more dependent on Him.
  7. Fasting can result in God doing great things on your behalf.

In Matthew 6, Jesus gives some rules for fasting: “When you fast, don’t put on a sad face like the hypocrites.  They make their faces look sad to show people they are fasting.  I tell you the truth, those hypocrites already have their full reward.  So when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face. Then people will not know that you are fasting, but your Father, whom you cannot see, will see you. Your Father sees what is done in secret, and he will reward you.”

Fasting possesses great power. And God values it so much, that He rewards the one who fasts. If practiced with the right intention, fasting creates an intimacy with God and definitely allows you to see Him in a closer way. Go ahead. Grab your “fasting magnifying glass.” You’ll see God in a greater way!

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