For Believers fasting is the abstinence from food, for a spiritual breakthrough. The ultimate objective is to draw closer to God. Fasting in the Bible involves setting aside the nourishment of the body for spiritual enhancement. Some have taught that to fast is not just abstaining from food, but the self-denial from anything that hinders our communion with God. While it is true that there are many things besides food that may hinder our communion with God, and it is also true that we need to practice self-denial (this is Consecration) the fact still remains that “to fast” primarily means “not to eat”. It is the setting aside of physical substance to tune yourself for spiritual direction.
Types of Fasts
Choosing your fasting plan is a very personal decision. We are all at different places in our walk with God and our spirituality should never be a cause for comparison or competition.
Listed below, are some options and variations of different types of fasts you can choose to engage in. As you read over the information provided here, please consider how it applies to your circumstances and convictions.
Fasting does require reasonable precautions. If you have any health concerns, please consult your physician prior to beginning your fast – especially if you are taking medication, have a chronic condition, or if you are pregnant or nursing.
The Normal Fast
Abstinence from food, but not water (Matthew 4:2). “He fasted forty days and forty nights and afterward he was hungry.”
The Partial Fast
The denial of solid foods – water, and juices are still consumed. We suggest 12:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. During the hours of 6:00 P.M. – 11:59 P.M., we eat one meal and drink plenty of liquids.
The denial of specific types of foods – no meats, no sweets, no bread etc.
The Media Fast
Refrain from any media that does not encourage positive thoughts. Be selective in what you engage in and do not entertain any “drama” or idle conversation.
Preparing For Your Fast
- Begin by drinking plenty of water, (squeeze fresh lemon juice in your water).
2. Begin cutting back on caffeine and sugar. Drinking plenty of water will help you get over the cravings for these two things.
Breaking Your Fast
- Please do not eagerly seek to eat everything you want at one minute past six. Slowly break the body in.
- Continue drinking plenty of liquids. Water is recommended.
- Once you feel your body has adjusted, begin eating small quantities of healthy foods.
Notes To Remember As You Fast
Drink plenty of water throughout the day while you are on your fast. (This is very important!)
You may experience headaches the first day or two as your body regulates to this change (if you are fasting from food).
Mints & gum helps your breath.( you may want to keep them available) .
This is a fast so use this time to read the WORD and listen to worship music, Christian broadcastings, teaching CDs or Videos. Surround yourself with sources that can strengthen your spirit and assemble with the saints for added support & strength.
Those with a medical condition related to eating or is under the treatment of a physician must consult their doctor prior to beginning the fast, or you may fast from something other than food (e.g. T.V, Face book, computer, video games, cell phone). Whatever you choose, please be consistent with it. This is not unto man, but unto God who sees all! (Proverbs 15:3- The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.)
Fasting is usually done individually, however we have set this time aside for a corporate fast as a congregation. Please take this time to not only build yourself up but support your fellow brothers and sisters as well. Positive words, deeds and prayers are needed sources of encouragement. Postings on social media will be done daily, if you are not fasting from social media; please use this time to elaborate on the scriptures or give encouragement. You may feel your words don’t matter, but they do. You may be the one to encourage someone to continue on.