Preparing To Fast

“My spiritual drought ended, but this taste for the majesty of god only made me thirst for more of HIM” – John Piper

1. Set your objective and commit to a type of fast.

Why are you fasting? Is it for spiritual renewal, for guidance, for healing, for the resolution of problems, for special grace to handle a difficult situation? ask the Holy Spirit to clarify His leading and objectives for your prayer fast. Once you know the reason you have for fasting, you must make a commitment. Pray about the kind of fast you should undertake.

  • Choose the type of fast God wants you to undertake (such as water only, water and juices, what kinds of juices you will drink and how often).
  • Determine how much time each day you will devote to prayer and God’s word.

2. We should be expectant.

Be reminded that the Lord listens to a prayer from the heart. Be true and contrite as we expect results from our God.

3. Prepare yourself spiritually.

The very foundation of fasting is repentance. Unconfessed sin will hinder your prayers. Seek forgiveness from all whom you have offended and forgive all who have hurt you. Make restitution as the Holy Spirit leads you.

4. Prepare yourself physically.

Fasting requires physical precautions. For those who are taking medication or have a chronic ailment, it is advisable to consult your physician first before beginning the fast.

5. Lessen physical activities.

Limit your physical and social activities during these period. You need to conserve physical energy and you need to devote more time to prayer and reading the Bible.

6. Be in faith.

Be strong and vigilant in prayer as you dedicate more time in fellowship with the Father. Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. Be clear and specific about your faith goals in your personal life. family, finances, and church. These are what you will be believing God for during the fast and the entire year. expect God to answer. Maintain a thankful heart throughout and after the fast.

Source: Pastor Tan- Chi (2011) One week of prayer and fasting and spiritual feasting 2011, Praying earnestly, accomplishing much.

This fasting devotional was given to me by Pastor Lowi Alegre Tepase. Thank you Kuya.

Do you have a hunger for God?

“Do you have a hunger for God?
If we don’t feel strong desires
for the manifestation of the glory of God,
it is not because we have
drunk deeply and are satisfied.
It is because we have nibbled so long
at the table of the world.
Our soul is stuffed with small things,
and there is no room for the great.
If we are full of what the world offers,
then perhaps a fast might express, or
even increase, our soul’s appetite for God.
Between the dangers of
self-denial and self- indulgence is
the path of pleasant pain called fasting”

– John Piper

Why Fast?

“Let fasting be done unto the Lord with our eye singly fixed on Him. Let our intention herein be this, and this alone, to glorify our Father which is in heaven” – John Wesley

1. God expects us to fast.

Matthew 6: 16-17 16 “And whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance in order to be seen fasting by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face.”

Jesus said, “When you fast”, not if you fast. This means that fasting, like prayer, is not an option. Fasting is something that is part of the Christian life.

2. Jesus fasted.

Matthew 4:2 And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry.

Before He began His ministry, Jesus fasted for forty days. He knew He was going to need spiritual strength to fulfill His purposes. Fasting may make us feel physically weak, but we will become spiritually stronger and more prepared to do God’s work.

3. The early church fasted.

Acts 13:3 Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

The church fasted for Paul and Barnabas whom the Holy Spirit had set apart for His use. Later, Paul and Barnabas appointed leaders in various churches and then fasted and prayed before commending these leaders to the Lord.

4. Fasting demonstrates humility before God.

Psalm 35:13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth; I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer kept returning to my bosom.

Humility allows us to experience the grace of God, who delights in answering the prayers of His children. When we humble ourselves in prayer and turn from our wicked ways, God promises to hear us and answer us according to His perfect will.

5. Fasting makes us sensitive to the leading and power of the Holy Spirit.

Luke 4:1-2 1″And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led about by the Spirit in the wilderness 2for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And He ate nothing during those days; and when they had ended, He became hungry.”

We are prone to forget our priorities. Fasting is a visible reminder to us that God takes precedence over all our needs. Fasting lifts up the matter at hand to God who is able to bring about awesome works that bring Him great glory.

6. Fasting brings about personal and national spiritual revival.

2 Chronicles 7:14 if My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Daniel 9:3 So I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.

Fasting prompts revival to an individual and to a country. It brings forth a stirring that will heal and change us and prepare us for greater things in God’s kingdom.

7. Fasting is good for our health.

Fasting improves our physical condition. Many impurities in the body are burned up when the body is denied food, thus, clearing the mind, cleansing and healing the body. Many bible teachers say that a three-day fast is especially beneficial for spiritual cleansing and also for breaking addictive habits.

(What Does the Bible Say About Fasting?, Christ Unlimited Ministries, http://www.bible.com)

Lord, I ask for the strength to endure this act of worship, for You. ♥