Is fasting something you do on a regular basis?
For the past year, my church has been having regular fasting days at the end of every month. The last Tuesday-Thursday of each month was dedicated to prayer and fasting as a church body.
I also am part of a community of women who spend one day in prayer and fasting each month.
At the end of each fasting period, there have been many testimonies of God’s provisions and victories.
“He answered, “Because of your little faith [your lack of trust and confidence in the power of God]; for I assure you and most solemnly say to you, if you have [living] faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and [if it is God’s will] it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. [But this kind of demon does not go out except by prayer and fasting.]” Matthew 17:20-22 AMP
Let me ask you again. Do you fast on a regular basis?
Fasting is a way to remind us that we need to be totally dependent on God for all things. Every time you feel hungry during a fast, that is a prompt to keep praying. That is a reminder that you are human and are in need of a mighty God.
Esther called for a fast before pleading for the lives of her people. God granted her an amazing victory and the people were saved!
Are you in need of divine provision and protection? Do you need God’s guidance? Looking for a way to express grief or repentance? Do you need a breakthrough like yesterday?
Maybe you need to go on a fast.
Fasting is very personal. How long and what to fast from are really between you and God. But here are a few general principles to get you started.
Have a purpose for fasting
It’s important to know why you are fasting. Otherwise, you won’t make it. There are many reasons to fast. If you aren’t sure of your why, here are a few things to consider:
- to strengthen your prayers
- to ask God for direction
- to express grief/repentance
- to ask for deliverance or protection
- to be humble before the Lord
- to overcome temptation
Set a length
The Bible is full of fasts of varying lengths of time. There is no right or wrong length to a fast. Often your circumstances and purpose will dictate the length of your fast. Here are some options:
- set numbers of days (7, 14, 40)
- a consistent day each month (every Monday, the last Friday, etc)
- fasting until you get what you are seeking from God
Choose your type of fast
- dedicating a specific time to prayer and silence before God
- media fast
- fasting from negative thoughts
- no sweets (or your favorite treat)