Types of Fasting
Fasting involves making a spiritual commitment to God. “Daniel proposed in his heart that he would not defile himself” (Dan. 1:8). Throughout Scripture there are many examples of different types of fasts.
- Regular Fast – in this type of fast you will fast all foods and consume only liquids.
- Daniel Fast – in this fast you would eat no meat, no sweets, no bread and drink water and juice. Eat fruit and vegetables. (veggie burgers are an option as well if you are not allergic to soy) Some people drink Ensure, Instant Breakfast, etc.
- Partial Fast – in this type of fast you would fast for a specific period of time; for instance, from sun up to sun down. Or you could even selectively choose something specific to fast from.
- Sacrificial Fast – in this type of a fast you would give up something that would be a sacrifice to you personally; for instance, watching television, going shopping, sleeping in.
The ultimate goal of any fast is to draw nearer to God through prayer. When fasting I would encourage you to replace the time given to eating or the item you are sacrificially fasting and replace that with both planned and prepared moments of prayer and as well as spontaneous moments of intercession.
Please consult your doctor, especially if you have health problems or you are taking special medications. Limit physical exercise when going on any type of fast. We encourage prayer and study of the Word while Fasting. If this is your first fast, please consider combining the Fasts.