Fasting in this age of the absent Bridegroom is in expectation of His return. Come out to meet him. The time is now. There has been a resurgence of fasting in recent decades, as God calls His people to regular fasting as part of a normal Christian lifestyle. We must prepare ourselves adequately so that the fast can honor God and fulfill its purpose.
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These simple guidelines can help you start:. Part of fasting is to spend less time with food and more time with Him, so it can help to skip meal times and social gatherings, especially if you are new to fasting. Take a prayer walk or read your Bible during lunch—whatever keeps your mind on God and off food. When temptations come, or people invite you to eat, graciously decline and keep talking to the Father—the source of grace and strength to fast! Plan to fast regularly, one day per week if you can.
Some fast an entire day each week, such as Tuesdays; others do twenty-four hours, from dinner one day until dinner the next. Whichever way you choose, be sure to keep at it!
Regular fasting builds devotion and will impact your heart over time, bringing a good harvest see Galatians —9. A note on breaking your fast: Even one-day fasts should be broken gently, by eating a small meal and stopping at the first sign of feeling full. Eating less sugar and processed foods during the week can lessen hunger pangs and cravings during your fast.
Healthy eating habits are especially important if you want to fast more than one day per week or do longer fasts. Fasting is a divine exchange, where we give up the pleasures of food for the superior pleasures of knowing and loving God more. Only He can satisfy our deepest longings, and He alone is our greatest need John ; Luke Fasting does make us look different—we eat less and spend more time in prayer, worship, and study—but we are strengthening our inner man, our spirit, while weakening our flesh 2 Corinthians — Setting a vision for your fast—spiritual breakthrough, a renewed heart, or simply more of God—can help keep your focus on the Lord.
If possible, fast with a friend, so you can study and pray together and encourage one another. Use the time and money, if you are led that you would normally spend on food to give to God and His purposes Isaiah —12, for example. Sometimes intercession, evangelism, and prophetic words flow more easily during a fast because our spirits are more alert and our flesh is weakened. He also serves in the NightWatch overnight prayer hours and is active in evangelism.
He, and his wife Stephany, have a vision to reach people everywhere with the good news of Jesus Christ. Christ's suffering and death shout loudly of His ability to justly rule the earth in perfect meekness.
Gaze deeper at the cross to be reminded of the reasons His leadership can be fully trusted. Instead of retreating in fear or hoping things will go back to the way they were, conflicts are a divine opportunity for those who know the Lord to make Him known. Jesus has many names describing His character and nature. When He returns, the Bright and Morning Star will show forth the brilliance that dispels all forms of darkness.
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Straight Talk about Fasting
Why would the Bible tell us to go without food for a time? What is the benefit? And is it optional for Christians, or should it be a normal part of our walk? Join in as you are led! Dieting or Fasting? So how do we fast in our food-obsessed culture?
Fasting Guidelines and Information
Fasting is choosing to withhold something God has given you freedom to enjoy, in order to foster deeper intimacy with God in prayer. Often we withhold food, but it is possible to withhold any number of things, such as media usage Facebook, television , sleep, or social interaction. The point is to carve out time to focus in prayer, and to foster a hunger for intimacy with Jesus. When we fast food, it makes us physically weak. But when directed towards prayer, this weakness drives us to see our need for God, who we actually need more than we need food. The pain in our stomachs can remind us that we should hunger for God, more than anything else, because he can nourish us like no one else. Fasting is often coupled with an intentional season of spiritual mourning and repentance.
The Why and How of Fasting
Tagged: day fast , bickle , ihopkc , Lou Engle , Mike Bickle. Leave a Comment. You can subscribe to them here. But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast. Matthew With sobriety and joy, the leadership of IHOPKC has felt compelled by the Holy Spirit to enter into a day season of consecration , focused seeking, and fasting.
Tips for Fasting
These simple guidelines can help you start:. Part of fasting is to spend less time with food and more time with Him, so it can help to skip meal times and social gatherings, especially if you are new to fasting. Take a prayer walk or read your Bible during lunch—whatever keeps your mind on God and off food. When temptations come, or people invite you to eat, graciously decline and keep talking to the Father—the source of grace and strength to fast! Plan to fast regularly, one day per week if you can. Some fast an entire day each week, such as Tuesdays; others do twenty-four hours, from dinner one day until dinner the next.