Fasting

Fasting

 

The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God. Biblical fasting always  has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out. It also allows us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all the good things God desires to bring into our lives. Remember, your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your body, your options, and, most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.

 

 

Types of Fasts

Fast (verb) – to voluntarily go without food or other items in order to focus on prayer and fellowship with God.

 

Selective Fast

This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One Example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, and bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.

 

Partial Fast

This fast you will be abstaining from certain foods for a portion of the day. For example, fast one specific meal every day during the fast or you may also choose to fast sun-up to sundown.

 

Total Fast

In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.

 

Soul Fast

This fast is a great option if you do not have much experience fasting food, have health issues that prevent you from fasting food, or if you wish to refocus certain areas of your life that are out of balance. for example, you might choose to stop using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast and then carefully bring that element back into your life in healthy doses at the conclusion of the fast.

 

Timing of a Fast

We are encouraging fasting for 21 days each year in the month of February. This is part of 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting, a season of focused prayer as a church family. You may also choose to fast at other times during the year for your own spiritual development. It’s very typical to fast a single meal, a whole day, or three days or more. The timing of your fast is not as important as the strength of your focus on God as you fast.

 

Scripture References

-Matthew 6:16-18

-Matthew 9:14-15

-Luke 18:9-14

-Acts 27:33-37

-Nehemiah 9:1-3