Why should I fast?

We believe that when you give God your first through fasting, prayer and giving at the beginning of the year, you set the course for the entire year.

What is Fasting?

Simply Stated, Biblical Fasting is refraining from food for a spiritual purpose. Biblical fasting takes discipline and strength, therefore fasting helps you develop the discipline of depending on God for your strength rather than your own self.

Benefits of Fasting

  • Do you need the tender touch of God in your life?
  • Are you in need of a fresh encounter with God?
  • Do you desire a deeper, more intimate and powerful relationship with the Lord?
  • Do you desire to know God’s will for your life?
  • Are you ready to have heightened sensitivity to the desires of God?
  • Do you need to break away from bondages that have been holding you hostage?

Scriptures Concerning Fasting

1 Timothy 2:1-2

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”

Romans 12:1

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.”

Matthew 6:33

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Isaiah 58:6

“[Is] not this the fast that I have chosen to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?”

What to Expect

When you fast your body detoxifies, eliminating toxins from your system. This can cause mild discomfort such as headaches and irritability during withdrawal from caffeine and sugars. And naturally, you will have hunger pains. Limit your activity and exercise moderately. Take time to rest. Fasting brings about miraculous results. You are following Jesus’ example when you fast. Spend time listening to praise and worship. Pray as often as you can throughout the day. Get away from the normal distractions as much as possible and keep your heart and mind set on seeking God’s face.

Deciding What to Fast

We encourage you to seek the Lord in prayer and let your decisions about your biblical fasting come from Him. The type of fasting you choose is up to you. You could go on a full fast in which you only drink liquids, or you may desire to fast like Daniel, who abstained from sweets and meats, and the only liquid he drank was water. Remember to replace that time with prayer and Bible study.

Preparing Spiritually

Confess your sins to God. Forgive all who have offended you and ask forgiveness from those you may have offended (Mark 11:25; Luke 11:4; 17:3-4). Surrender your life fully to Jesus Christ and reject the worldly desires that try to hinder you (Romans 12:1-2). Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal areas of spiritual weakness.

How to Begin

Ask the Lord to show you areas to target during your time of fasting and prayer. Start with a clear goal. Be specific. Why are you fasting? Do you need direction, healing, restoration of marriage or family issues? Are you facing financial difficulties? Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. Pray daily and read the Bible.

How to End Your Fast

Do not overeat when the time comes to end your fast. Begin eating solid food gradually; eat small portions or snacks.

Suggested Reading

Fasting

By, Jentezen Franklin

In this New York Times Best-Seller and one of the best available books on the topic, Jentezen Franklin explains the spiritual power of fasting and offers a deeper understanding of God’s plan for fasting and the benefits available to those who participate. The book contains inspiring and practical information that readers need to know in order to access the power of biblical fasting. Those who seek God through fasting can expect tremendous rewards for their personal lives as well as for the church. They will see breakthroughs in many areas such as healing, finances, unhealthy dependencies and family relationships. This book also gives stories of those who have reaped miraculous rewards from this simple act of faith.