“Commit your works to the LORD and your plans will be established” (Proverbs 16:3).
Some of our mountains of affliction have been with us a very long time. Some have occurred very recently. How do we fast, and for how long? You fast until you receive a breakthrough. Sometimes the result is immediate. Sometimes sin has been entwined in our lives for so long that God may need to progressively erode it.
You may decide that because something is all consuming, you will fast one meal a day. However, you haven’t really fasted if you gorge yourself at lunch so that you don’t feel hungry at dinner. Without hunger, you haven’t sacrificed. The point is to deny your body. You are demonstrating to God that He is m ore important than your body.
You fast based on your own inclination. There is no biblical rule for how often you fast. There is a biblical question—how serious are you? You may fast one day a week. You may fast two days a month. Do you have to fast from food? You can fast from TV for a period of time. However, if you just delay gratification and program your DVR, you really aren’t sacrificing anything.
Fasting is like hammering a cement wall. You may not notice anything for a while, but soon you will see hairline cracks. Then the hairline cracks become spider-web cracks—a little here and a little there. Suddenly, there will be larger cracks, then chips, and then chunks.