Personal Stories from those affected by sexual sin
Fighting with Fasting
—by an Anonymous Male, age 58
There may be a demonic component to a problem like masturbation or other sexual sin which is very persistent. I found that when I finally resorted to fasting God finally responded by making the urgency and “pull” of the problem greatly reduced. I made a commitment to look at the clock whenever I would succumb to this scourge and begin a fast at that moment, for a specified period of time. It didn’t matter whether it was two o’clock in the morning--if I succumbed I was to look at the clock and begin a fast, a total fast. I suggest a 24 hour fast. Normally Biblical fasts begin at sunset but in this case I suggest looking at the clock. During the fast you should spend time in prayer and Bible Study. The commitment has to be strong enough to make you keep your promise; you can’t break your word.
Make the commitment for a period of time, such as for a month or two. The presence of the commitment may be enough of a deterrent (fasting is unpleasant) to help you to stop then and there, before you do it. But if you do succumb, do the fast. Fasting is a genuine spiritual exercise before God which does get His attention and is one of the ultimate things you can do to prove to Him that you mean business. I find that my problem simply subsided. He helped me, in other words, by keeping the temptations at a much lower level which I could control. It took a few times for this to take effect.
From time to time, as you go through life, a fast for general purposes is necessary. If it’s been a month or so since my last fast, I find that the temptations seem to crop up again and I realize I am going to have a problem. So do a PRE-EMPTIVE fast for 24 hours, one that you schedule in a convenient way. I think a fast every month or so is a genuine spiritual tonic if accompanied with prayer and Bible study.
Please read Isa. 58:1-10:
God will indeed respond to a sincere fast and the bonds of wickedness and the heavy burdens will be released.
And whatever you do, throw out the pornography immediately, turn away from it, do not do ANYTHING which might stir you up or cause you to become enflamed. Do not look at or lust after anything you should not--women, things on the Internet, or even think about such things. If you let this happen, the problem will gradually return. A key approach to remember is, NIP IT IN THE BUD. Put out the fire while it is still small.