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By: James River Church08/17/23

21 Days of Fasting & Prayer Devotional – Day 17: Empowered by the Spirit

At this point of the fast, you understand just how significant and powerful it is when you fast and pray. This fast has not only served as a means to draw closer to God and seek His guidance, but it has also created the space for us to be more sensitive and open to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

In the beginning of the book of Acts, Jesus promised His disciples that they would receive power when the Holy Spirit came upon them. So, today we will look at the spiritual discipline of fasting in relation to Acts 1:8 and how it can strengthen our spiritual journey as Christians.

Jesus tells His followers in Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” This verse emphasizes the transformative nature of the Holy Spirit, empowering believers to share the message of Christ’s love and salvation with the world.

But the question is: How does fasting relate to this promise of power?

Fasting involves abstaining from food and certain activities for a specific period, dedicating that time to prayer, meditation, and seeking God’s presence. It is a spiritual discipline that allows us to detach from worldly distractions and focus on deepening our relationship with God. In doing so, we position ourselves to become more aware of the promptings of the Holy Spirit, leading us to a greater understanding of God’s will and empowering us to be effective witnesses for Christ. It helps us tune our hearts to God’s voice, heightening our sensitivity to His leading and guidance, and it opens our lives to the reality of His power at work through us.

The power promised in Acts 1:8 becomes more tangible in our lives as we yield to the Spirit’s leading, and fasting positions us to receive that power through a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit – empowering us to live out our faith boldly, to overcome spiritual obstacles, and to impact our world for Christ. And the exciting thing about this power from the Holy Spirit is that it isn’t temporary or confined just to this time of fasting. This power is to be available and can be at work throughout your life each and every day as you continue to be open and sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Recognize the significance of where this fast has positioned you and the power that is available to you. By denying your physical cravings and dedicating time to prayer and reflection, you are continually positioning yourself to receive divine wisdom, discernment, and power to do what you never could on your own. So, let this fast become so much more than just a physical discipline. Allow it to be the catalyst that facilitates a continual spiritual posture where you are open and hungry to be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit to reach as many people as possible for the Kingdom.


Acts 1:8 (NIV)
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”