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.
If you do not already know of the power and importance of fasting, here are some very important facts:
- Fasting was an expected discipline in both the Old and New Testament eras. For example, Moses fasted at least two recorded forty-day periods. Jesus fasted 40 days and reminded His followers to fast, “when you fast,” not if you fast.
- Fasting and prayer can restore the loss of the “first love” for your Lord and result in a more intimate relationship with Christ.
- Fasting is a biblical way to truly humble yourself in the sight of God (Psalm 35:13; Ezra 8:21). King David said, “I humble myself through fasting.”
- Fasting enables the Holy Spirit to reveal your true spiritual condition, resulting in brokenness, repentance, and a transformed life.
- The Holy Spirit will quicken the Word of God in your heart and His truth will become more meaningful to you!
- Fasting can transform your prayer life into a richer and more personal experience.
- Fasting can result in a dynamic personal revival in your own life-and make you a channel of revival to others.
- Fasting and prayer are the only disciplines that fulfill the requirements of II Chronicles 7:14:
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”