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)
TYPES OF FASTS
Your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your body, your options, and most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.
In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.
This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, and bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.
This fast is sometimes called the “Jewish Fast” and involves abstaining from eating any type of food in the morning and afternoon. This can either correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown.
This fast is a great option if you do not have much experience fasting food, have health issues that prevent you from fasting food, or if you wish to refocus certain areas of your life that are out of balance. For example, you might choose to stop using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast and then carefully bring that element back into your life in healthy doses at the conclusion of the fast.
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.
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!
Week 1- Prayer For Our Families
Marriages. Unsaved children and spouses. Single Parents. Financial Breakthrough.
Week 2- Prayer For Our Church
Healthy Church. Unity. Community. Blessing on our Ministries. Financial Freedom. Salvations.
Week 3- Prayer for Our Nation
Local, State, and National Government. Servicemen and women in active duty. Repentance and Revival. A culture of lives restored.