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By: James River Church08/16/23

21 Days of Fasting & Prayer Devotional – Day 16: The Privilege of Co-Laboring

Fasting is a spiritual discipline that holds immense significance in the life of a Christian. As you continue through this fast, you are discovering that beyond its physical benefits, fasting creates an opportunity for believers to deepen their relationship with God, seek His guidance, and experience spiritual growth. Today, 1 Corinthians 3 shares the connection between fasting and the privilege of co-laboring, shedding light on how this practice strengthens our understanding of partnering with God in His divine work.

The Bible refers to Christians as co-laborers, indicating that we have been invited to actively participate in God’s work on Earth. In 1 Corinthians 3:9, the apostle Paul writes, “For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.” This powerful metaphor portrays our role as partners with God, contributing to the growth and development of His Kingdom. And fasting, when approached with a Christ-centered mindset, can become a transformative practice that aligns us with God’s purpose and empowers us to co-labor alongside Him.

Fasting enables believers to detach themselves from worldly distractions and focus on spiritual nourishment. By intentionally setting aside time for fasting, we create space in our lives for prayer, worship, and reflection on God’s word, which fosters a deeper intimacy with Him and an alignment of our hearts with His. And as we draw closer to God through fasting, we become more sensitive to His leading and gain a greater understanding of how we can effectively co-labor with Him.

As we continue in this spiritual discipline, we recognize a sharpening in our discernment of God’s will. When we willingly set aside our physical desires, we position ourselves to hear God’s voice more clearly. Through fasting, we develop a heightened sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s guidance and direction. In the context of co-laboring, this enables us to discern the areas where God desires us to participate actively. Fasting creates a fertile ground for revelation, wisdom, and discernment, allowing us to align our efforts with God’s plans and purposes.

Fasting not only deepens our understanding of God’s will but also empowers us to carry out His work. As we deny ourselves physically during the period of fasting, we recognize our spiritual dependence on God’s strength and grace. This humility positions us to rely on His power rather than our own, acknowledging that true effectiveness in co-laboring comes from partnering with Him to serve others selflessly. So, through fasting and prayer, we find ourselves embracing the opportunity to co-labor with God in His redemptive mission.


1 Corinthians 3:9 (NIV)
” For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.”