What is Fasting?

A biblical fast can be defined as simply abstaining from food for spiritual purposes. It was encouraged and expected by Jesus that believers would fast (Matt. 6:17-18, Matt. 9:15). Many abstain from food, television and other forms of entertainment during this time and spend that time drawing closer to God instead. What makes this time of fasting rich is by using the time to pray, read the Bible and worship God. Simply said – if fasting is not coupled with prayer and Bible reading its simply a diet.

SET YOUR OBJECTIVE

Why are you fasting? Is it for spiritual renewal, for guidance, for healing, for the resolution of problems?  Ask the Holy Spirit to clarify His leading and objectives for your prayer fast. This will enable you to pray more specifically and strategically.

MAKE YOUR COMMITMENT

Pray about what kind of fast you want to do and commit to it. Making these commitments ahead of time will help you sustain your fast when physical temptations and life’s pressures tempt you to abandon it.

PREPARE SPIRITUALLY

Ask God for help with this fast. Repent, ask for forgiveness. Forgive those who have wronged you. Read scripture or find a Bible study to go though while you are on your fast.

PREPARE PHYSICALLY

Fasting requires reasonable precautions. Consult your physician first, especially if you take prescription medication or have a chronic ailment. Some persons should never fast without professional supervision.

SCHEDULE IT

If you are fasting food, use your normal food breaks to pray. If you are fasting entertainment or other items schedule your time to pray. If you don't make the time it most likely will not happen.

EXPECT RESULTS

Fasting is not a cure all but God will meet you right where you are at. Expect refreshing, a spiritual renewal and to be closer to the Lord through your fast.

JANUARY 22 - FEBRUARY 12

Sundown to sundown

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