Fasting 101

On Thursday as a church we are fasting together for the “advance” of God’s kingdom IN us and THROUGH us. Here are a few thoughts on fasting along with an excellent web site that goes in more detail: Your Personal Guide to Fasting and Prayer” –

Why fast?

  • To remind ourselves that we do not live on “bread” alone but ultimately upon God and His presence (Matthew 4:4; Psalm 73:26)
  • Because certain spiritual victories only come through fasting (Matthew 17:21; Ezra 8:21)
  • To heighten our sensitivity to God and His voice (Acts 13:2)

What should I fast from?

  • Something that you will consciously miss:
    • A meal or several meals
    • The use of Facebook or the internet or other social media
    • TV
    • Cokes, coffee, caffeine, sugar, or even meat
    • Limiting your diet to fruits and vegetables and juices (this is a good option for a longer fast)
What do I do while I fast or when I miss what I am fasting from?
  • By fasting you free attention and time to focus on the things of God (Colossians 3:1-3)
  • When you feel the desire to eat or watch TV or check Facebook or whatever you are fasting from, instead turn to God in prayer, Scripture reading, or worship music
Remember fasting is about turning from something so you can turn to Someone–God.
Any advice if I am fasting from food?
  • Drink plenty of fluids before and during your fast.
  • Do not “gorge” yourself on food the day before.
  • Get rest
  • During your fast, slow your pace down (don’t engage in strenuous physical activity for example).
  • Have a plan for what will do when your body says, “Feed me”. A few options are to drink water or juices, immediately turn to prayer and Bible reading, talk to other Christians who can help encourage you, etc.

 

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 Life IN Christ, The Mission

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