Prayer and Fasting 2022
Prayer and Fasting
+44 (0)7468 514739
27A, Morley Road
BOURNEMOUTH BH65 2JJ
Why should you fast?
There are a number of reasons why the practice of fasting can be spiritually beneficial.:-
Fasting is biblical. We see examples of biblical fasting in the lives of figures like Moses, Jesus, and King David.
Fasting is a way to humble yourself in the sight of God (Psalm 35:13, Ezra 8:21). David said, “I humbled my soul with fasting” (Psalm 69:10). You may find yourself relying on God more fully for strength when you fast.
Fasting and prayer can help us hear God more clearly. To listen to God as you fast, consider combining a time of fasting with a practice of listening prayer. Together, fasting and prayer can transform your prayer life into a richer and more personal experience of God.
Fasting enables the Holy Spirit to reveal your true spiritual condition. When you see your own brokenness more clearly, you’re able to move toward repentance.
When you experience revival in your own life through fasting, the grace and love of God can shine through you into the lives of others.
Types of fasting
Regular fast: A regular fast is when you abstain from all food and drink except for water (Matthew 4:2)
Partial fast: This is a type of fasting that involves abstaining from a particular type of food. Daniel’s diet while he was in Babylon is an example (Daniel 10:3). One popular type of partial fast is a liquid fast, removing certain types of drinks from your diet. This might include alcohol, caffeine, or energy drinks. Another form of partial fast is abstaining from one particular meal each day.
Absolute fast: An absolute fast is when you abstain from food and drink of any kind. You should only do this for a short period of time. Going longer than three days without eating or drinking can be dangerous.
Extended fast: There have been instances when God enabled someone to fast in ways that they could not do on their own. Moses abstaining from food and water for 40 days (Deuteronomy 9:9) is an example of this type of fasting in the Bible.
Spiritual preparation for fasting and prayer
In preparation for this special time with God, you can find a guide to fasting at cru.org where you are encouraged first examine your heart. Ask God to help you see your brokenness clearly so that you can confess your sins and repent. In Scripture, God frequently calls upon people to repent of their sins before listening to their prayers.
You can look to David’s example in Psalm 66:16-20:
“Come and hear, all you who fear God,
and I will tell what he has done for me.
I cried aloud to him,
and he was extolled with my tongue.
If I had cherished iniquity in my heart,
the Lord would not have listened.
But truly God has listened;
he has given heed to the words of my prayer.
Blessed be God,
because he has not rejected my prayer
or removed his steadfast love from me.”
In your prayers, confess not only obvious sins, but less obvious ones as well. Acknowledge the sins of omission (the right actions you haven’t taken) as well as the sins of commission (the wrong things you’ve done). What is standing in the way of your relationship with God? What is holding you back from living and loving like Jesus? It might be self-centredness, spiritual indifference, an unwillingness to share your faith with others, putting time spent in prayer and study of God’s Word low on your priority list, or struggling to love your neighbours and treat them with kindness. Confess your shortcomings and ask God to work in your heart during this time of prayer and fasting.
Your motive in fasting should ultimately be to glorify God, not to have an emotional experience or attain personal happiness. God will honour your seeking spirit. As you spend time in fasting and prayer, God will shape your heart and draw you closer to Christ.
How to fast safely
Fasting can be practiced safely. However, as you begin a time of fasting and prayer, friends and family may express concerns about how fasting could impact your health. And they are right to encourage you to safeguard your health. It may be a good idea to consult with your doctor before you begin a time of fasting and prayer. If you struggle with certain medical conditions, such as an eating disorder or being chronically underweight, you should not fast without the supervision of a health professional. In some cases, fasting from something other than food may be a better option.
But when practiced properly, fasting can be both a spiritual and physical blessing.
Safe fasting tips and guidelines:
Fasting until a specific time of day or skipping a specific meal each day is safer and more sustainable than a complete fast. For a fast that will be longer than 1-3 days, this is often a good option.
Consider fasting from a specific type of food instead of all food, especially if you want to fast for a long period of time or have health concerns.
A complete fast should be very short; it should not last longer than a few days.
Do not abstain from drinking water for long and only do so under your doctor’s supervision. The effects of dehydration are serious and your body may begin to experience them more quickly than the effects of hunger.
If fasting from food or drink isn’t a good option for you, you can still practice fasting. Choose something else in your life to fast from instead. For example, consider fasting from TV or social media.
BE inspired by christ
:Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
English Standard Version (ESV)
+44 (0)7468 514739
27A, Morley Road
BOURNEMOUTH BH65 2JJ