If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
– James 2:15-16
There is no level of grace you get to where you will no longer need to eat and rest. After fasting for even long periods, one will eventually have to.
Today’s text is usually interpreted in the light of faith without works. But here is another angle to look at this scripture, James calls food, clothing things needful to the body. In other words, no level of prayer or spirituality can replace these things.
Ignoring natural laws leaves one open to harmful complications and consequences. Do not see these laws as contradictory to the supernatural, but as complementary to each other, instead. Heeding these laws does not make you unspiritual, it simply means you are wise.
When God created the earth, he set in motion natural laws that guide the workings of every human being, such as the seasons, eating, labour and harvest, etc. Like I always say, man was not designed to live by miracles but by principles.
The late Kenneth Hagin once told a story of a preacher who preached for hours every day without rest, so much that he damaged his voice box and was unable to speak for a whole year. That could have been avoided by regular resting periods and spacing out preaching engagements. It is great to walk in the supernatural, but never to the extreme where we ignore the place of natural laws.
In Mark 5:31, we see Jesus raising Jairus’ daughter from the dead. However, after the miracle, Jesus asks that she be given food. Jesus acknowledged the place of natural laws, and so also, we should too. Rest when you need to. Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Have regular check-ups and take good care of yourself.