Fasting For The Messiah

15th JUNE 2024

Christ for Youth International
2 min readJun 15, 2024


Christ for Youth International

“…and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.” [Luke 2:37 NIV]

In the quiet corners of the Gospel of Luke, we find a beautiful story tucked among the angels and shepherds — the story of Anna [Luke 2:37]. This elderly woman, a widow for most of her life, dedicated herself entirely to God. The verse tells us, “She never left the temple, but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.”

Anna’s devotion was remarkable. Fasting, as we see in her context, was not just about abstaining from food. It was a physical expression of a deep spiritual yearning. Anna longed for the coming of the Messiah, the promised Saviour. It is safe to say with every rumble in her empty stomach, she reminded herself of this hope, this anticipation that fuelled her prayers.

Fasting is a practice woven throughout the Bible, from the Old Testament to the New. Even Jesus, the revealed Christ that Anna was in the temple yearning to see, also fasted. Fasting is a tool for focusing our hearts and minds on God.

When we deny ourselves physical comfort, we open ourselves to greater spiritual and personal growth.

Perhaps, like Anna, you also have a deep longing in your heart. Maybe it is for healing, guidance, or a renewed sense of God’s presence. Consider using fasting as a way to intensify your prayers. It does not have to be elaborate — skip a meal, give up a daily treat, or simply avoid distractions like social media for a set period.

Let the physical hunger become a reminder of your spiritual hunger. Let it fuel your prayers and open your heart to hear God’s voice. Just like Anna, in that sacred space of sacrifice, you might just encounter the answer you have been waiting for.

Lord, grant me the dedication of Anna. As I enter into this season of awakening, help me focus on You and the desires of my heart that You have given me. Fill the emptiness with Your presence and guide me in Your holy ways. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Further Reading: Psalm 42:1–2

Bible In One Year: Psalm [75–78]