Matthew 6 outlines three specific duties of a Christian:
There is a huge difference between fasting and hunger strikes/dieting!
Author Jentezen Franklin challenges us "Could we missing our greatest breakthroughs because we fail to fast?"
In Matthew 17: 15-21, a father tries everything to rid his sons of demons including bringing him to the disciples to cure him. He goes to Jesus and he is immediately cured! Jesus explains in verses 20 and 21 that because of the disciples' unbelief and refusal to fast and pray, they could not cast out the demon.
“You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible. But this kind of demon won’t leave except by prayer and fasting.
In other words, Jesus lived a life of fasting and praying, therefore nothing was impossible for Him!
Please note that belief is a key ingredient to everything scriptual. If you fast and in your heart you do not believe that there is power, don't expect to see any power!
For more references on the power of fasting, read Daniel 10. Daniel prayed, his answer was released immediately but the angel was delayed for 21 days. His decision to fast and pray released the angels of God and revealed the purpose of God!
Fasting ushers you into a place where you can hear God clearly. God still speaks to His people, the question is "are you listening?" Are you deafened by spiritual wax? Do you have too much mental clutter? Is your soul too noisy? Fasting brings you closer to God and allows for breakthrough. Nothing will be impossible for you!