What is Christian Fasting and Why Should You Fast?


I want to start by saying that today’s blog is specifically for someone reading. Someone that the Lord is impressing to fast, I don’t know who, but this is a subject I have talked about before. But I just felt led to speak about it again. Which isn’t surprising since it is such a vital part of our Christian walk that very few people know much about.

 So what is fasting? There is much debate about what a true fast is or is not, and I am not here to debate it but rather to share my opinion. Basically biblical fasting is refraining from food for a spiritual purpose. And it is not limited to ministers and special occasions.

 From the beginning fasting has been a normal part of a relationship with God. God says when you put him first he will put you first. Basically when you fast you are telling God that he is more important to you than whatever you gave up. When Jesus went up on the Mount in Matthew Ch 6 There were three requirements of a Christian; giving, praying and fasting. He said, “when you give, pray and fast” not IF.

 These can also be viewed as what is called a three fold cord. Solomon made the point that a cord, or rope braided with 3strands is not easily broken. Eccl 4:12. Likewise when giving, praying and fasting are practiced together in the life of a believer it creates a type of 3fold cord that is not easily broken. Most of us have the giving and praying down pat, but many of us don’t fast. And personally I think we don’t fast because we don’t have the understanding of what it really is and why we need to do it.

 So hopefully I can expand your knowledge of fasting. Did you know that every major bible character fasted? From Moses being the first, to Daniel, Esther and David, just to name a few. And lets not forget of course Jesus! Jesus was baptized and then he went into the wilderness and fasted  40 days while the devil tempted Him. But when He returned that’s when He started His ministry and that’s when He started performing Miracles! Coincidence? Not likely.

 So why should you fast? If you genuinely want a desire for deeper intimacy with the Lord, If you want to know Gods perfect will for your life (direction.) If you need a  break through , a miracle or salvation for a loved one. If you need healing or if you want supernatural blessings in your life. It will also release the anointing, the favor and the blessings of God in your life.

 It will also help break (all) addictions and there is no limitations here. Whatever you can think of and cannot break on your own, you can be free through fasting and prayer! Poverty, divorce, drugs, alcoholism, smoking, overeating, homosexuality and pornography are just a few to mention. God wants you to be free of anything keeping you in bondage.

 Remember that bondage is from the enemy and he will keep you there as long as he can to prevent you from living in victory and living your purpose in Christ

 I firmly believe that if God is asking you to fast specifically it is because He wants to do more in your life spiritually. Paul says in Romans 12 “Present you bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Remember when I talked about, giving, praying and fasting? That is how you “present” your body to God as a living sacrifice. Fasting keeps you sensitive to his spirit enabling you to live Holy.

 When you fast your spirit becomes uncluttered and extremely sensitive to the things of God. So how to get started; first pray and ask for Gods direction during the fast. Ask God to reveal anything to you that needs to be dealt with, issues etc. before beginning your fast. If you are truly after Gods heart you will do whatever it takes to make things right before Him.

  So what to fast?- Again pray about it, that’s between you and God, just remember whatever is a sacrifice for you will be a sacrifice to Him. Some examples may be coffee, alcohol, sweets, bread, etc.

When to Fast?- Truthfully there is no perfect time to fast, just make up your mind and do it. If your fasting there will always be dinner parties, lunch dates and birthdays and you will find any excuse not to fast. So just do it!

How to Fast?- Start off small with one item of food and choose how long you will fast it. Or fast one meal for a period of time, work your way up to one whole day. (the easiest way to fast one whole day is to fast from sun up to sundown) You can even fast half days, fast from morning till 3pm, that’s not too hard and it’s the easiest to start with.

 These are considered partial fast. If you decide to do a full fast of no food, make sure you drink water at least. You can also drink 100% juice, i.e. grape juice. They recommend only drinking 100% juice because it doesn’t have all the other junk that causes your stomach to go into hungry mode. Don’t drink citrus though because it may irritate your stomach. Drink juice In small amounts throughout the day as needed or desired.

 There is even a Daniel Fast which is found In Daniel 1:12, Eat no sweets, no meat and no bread. So basically your eating fruits and vegetables and whole grains. No sweeteners and no food with any chemicals, processed etc. This is the fast I will be on this year beginning Jan 10th-30th 2010. And I am very excited about what God is wanting to do. Truth be told I have never tried a 21 day fast. I have barely made 3 full days. (And Only by Gods grace was that possible, cause lets face it, we all like to eat, or at least I do.)

 Truthfully there is no real formula I can give you to help you decide which type or length of fast is right for you. Just pray about it and the Lord will guide you. But remember when ever you fast if it doesn’t mean anything to you it wont mean anything to God. Without being combined with prayer and the Word, fasting is little more than dieting. But I want you to realize something very important, fasting itself is a continual prayer before God. But if you should break your fast, don’t beat yourself up, just keep trying. God sees your sacrifice. In closing, fasting is what prepares you for a new anointing. Fasting prepares the way for God to give you fresh revelation, fresh vision, and clear purpose. I would also encourage you to write down whatever it is your believing God for and be specific! That way you can pray for them daily as you fast and you will begin to see Gods favor on your life and prayers being answered.

So what are you waiting for? Get going and Happy fasting.

*Fasting is safe and recommended by doctors and health professionals  but if you have any health conditions you are concerned about, ask your doctor. Do not stop taking medications while fasting unless directed by your doctor.

If you need more information on fasting you can go to www.jentezenfranklin.org

Or check out the Daniel Fast Blogger here on WordPress… Be blessed.

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