Wielding The Spiritual Weapon of Fasting

In our attempts to remove ourselves from the dead religion of many of our forefathers, we in the current church are sometimes guilty of casting out the good with the bad.  One such tradition that has been wrongly demonized by some is that of fasting.  Over my time in the church, I have often seen the topic of fasting abused or else excused by the very people for which it is meant as a blessing.  Using the Biblical text as our guide, I would like to take a moment to analyze what God intended for fasting and how we can utilize it to empower our walk with Christ.