Why we fast?
Christian fasting is for three basic reasons. We fast in repentance for revival. We fast and pray personally for our nation and for the church worldwide. (2 Chronicles 7:14, Daniel 9:3-19). Christian fasting is for personal relationship with Jesus and a deeper revelation of his person. (Matthew 6:16-18; 9:15). We fast for empowerment for service. Jesus fasted and prayed at the onset of His own ministry (Matthew 4:2), and His fast was followed with angelic visitation and Holy Spirit power (Matthew 4:11, Luke 4:14). There is also an empowerment for deliverance of others in prayer and fasting. (Isaiah 58:6, Mark 9:29)
Set Spiritual Goals: “Why am I fasting?, How long will I Fast?, What method will I use?”
Pray & Study the Bible: Ask God to reveal to you things you need to change, repent of, or pursue in your Christian life. Set a schedule for time alone with God.
Prepare for Opposition: Satan doesn’t want you to pursue God for yourself and others. Expect opposition. Pray for a good attitude (Some folks get quite cranky!)
Exercise Cautiously: Walk, don’t overdo it. Gradually cut back on food intake, before you fast.
End your Fast: Gradually start back eating small meals.
See a physician: Some physical conditions prohibit fasting from food!
To “fast” simply means “to discipline by abstinence.” There are four basic kids of fasts.
Normal Fast: going without food for a limited time. Only drink liquids.
Absolute Fast: No food or water at all (No more than 3 days-consult with your physician; not for diabetics, those on strong medicines, etc.)
Partial Fast: Sometimes called a “Daniel fast” (Daniel 1:8, 11-15; 10:3) Limiting certain foods and meals, such as one meal per day or eating only vegetables and soup broths.
Separation Fast: Abstaining from distractions for the purpose of family revival and personal pursuit of God (i.e. t.v., media, computer games, etc.)
Monday : Government
Psalm 1:1 Make their hearts and ears attentive to godly counsel.
Proverbs 2:10 Let wisdom enter their hearts, and let knowledge be pleasant to them.
Tuesday : The Church
Hebrews 13:9 That we’re not carried about with various and strange doctrines.
2 Timothy 2:15 But we study, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.
Wednesday : Family
1 Thessalonians 5:11 I pray that we encourage one another, comfort, edify,
Acts 20:32 and build one another up.
Thursday : Healing
Matthew 8:17 He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.
Psalm 107:20 He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
Friday : Unity/Brotherhood
1 Peter 1:22 Let us all fervently love one another with a pure heart,
2 John 1:8 so that we do not lose the things we have worked for.
Saturday : Boldness
Matthew 13:38 Give us your spirit of boldness for spreading the good news of the Gospel,
Matthew 24:14 in our communities, this country and around the world.
Sunday : Military
John 15:13 Reward them for their sacrificial love as they are willing to lay down their lives for others.
2 Timothy 4:17-18 Strengthen them with your spirit. Deliver them from every evil work & preserve them.