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” –
- 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
- 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)
- 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
- 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.