Topic Benefits of Fasting [Open Heavens for Teens 22 March 2019]
Memorise: “And he said unto them, this kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.” – Mark 9:29
Read: Matthew 6:16-18
16 And whenever you are fasting, do not look gloomy and sour and dreary like the hypocrites, for they put on a dismal countenance, that their fasting may be apparent to and seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full already.
17 But when you fast, perfume your head and wash your face,
18 So that your fasting may not be noticed by men but by your Father, Who sees in secret; and your Father, Who sees in secret, will reward you in the open.
Bible In One Year: Joshua 7-8, Luke 2:25-52
Many teenagers see fasting as something meant for adults alone, most of the teenagers who even fast don’t know why they do so. Many think that fasting is a spiritual duty to God, but it isn’t. Fasting is a spiritual duty to yourself. When people fast, they place emphasis on what they are giving up when in actual fact, fasting is about what you are getting; you are making your spirit man more awake and sensitive to receive from God.
Fasting cleanses the soul, and the cleaner a person’s soul is, the larger its capacity to take in more of the Holy Spirit who in turn empowers you to live a life pleasing to God and beyond the natural.
When you fast, you shut down all the noise around you and become more sensitive to God’s voice. As a teenager, nothing beats striving to hear God’s voice as early as possible to know what exactly your purpose in life is.
Action Point: Take out a day in every week to fast and pray.
1. There shall be showers of blessing
This is the promise of love;
There shall be season refreshing
Sent from the Savior above
Showers of blessing,
Showers of blessing we need;
Mercy drop ’round are falling,
But for the showers we plead.
2. There shall be showers of blessing
Precious reviving again;
Over the hills and the valleys,
Sound of abundance of rain.
3. There shall be showers of blessing
Send them upon us O Lord
Grant to us a refreshing;
Come now and honor Thy Word.
4. There shall be showers of blessing
Oh that today thy might fall,
Now as to God we are confessing,
Now as on Jesus we call!
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.