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There are several types of fasting. The one you choose is between you and God. He will honor your best sacrifice.

  • Drink only liquids (you establish the number of days)
  • No meats, no sweets, and no bread. Drink water and juice. Eat fruits and vegetables. (min. 21 days)
  •  This fast can be a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.
  • A Partial Fast is from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm or from sun up to sun down. You can select from three types of fasting: 1) Full Fast, 2) Daniel Fast, 3) Give up at least one item of food.


The Meaning Of Fasting
Jesus did not say if you fast: He said when you fast because fasting is a part of the Christian life. It is a part of our Christian walk. "Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” (Matthew 6:16-18, emphasis added) . When I say fast, I am not talking about a hunger strike. I am talking about fasting. Some people go on a hunger strike and try to push God into a corner. They try to force Him to do what they want to see done in their lives. The principles of fasting in the Bible have nothing to do with hunger strikes.

The Word of God teaches us about fasting and the spiritual principles connected with it. You must know five things before you fast. Ask yourself these five questions:
1. Is it God led?
2. What are your motives for fasting?
3. What specific needs are you fasting for?
4. What results are you looking for?
5. Are you determined to minister to the Lord while fasting?

What is the purpose of fasting? Fasting brings the flesh and self off the throne.
In 1 Corinthians 9:27 Paul says, “I bring my body under subjection.” Fasting brings the flesh under subjection. Fasting will not allow the flesh to rule in your life. The one thing that brought Adam down is the lust of the flesh. The one thing the devil will try to arouse in you just as he did in Adam is the lust of the flesh. Fasting strengthens your spirit man so that you can stay focused as you serve the Lord.

Power In Fasting
When you begin fasting, you are going to begin to see changes in your Christian walk. The presence of God will become closer, dearer, and nearer to you. Every time I fast, I get closer to God. Every time. It seems my prayer life takes on greater power when I fast. There is power in fasting like there is power in prayer.
In the books of Acts we find where the apostles fasted on the same day of atonement. In the days of the reformation, Martin Luther told the converts to fast once a week, and then the Catholic church went further, and many Christians began fasting twice a week. I’m not for fasting because men tell you to fast, or some church tells you to fast. I believe we need a regular fast for spiritual examination; a time with God alone.

Whether you fast once a year, once a month or once a week fast unto the Lord. My mother fasts every Friday. She has fasted every Friday for years and years. And you know what? It’s amazing how much God shows her. There’s times when I don’t know what to do that I say to my mother, “Mama, ask God.” And, every time she’s right on target. There is mighty power in prayer and fasting.

God Answers Prayer
"It shall come to pass That before they call, I will answer; And while they are still speaking, I will hear.”  (Isaiah 65:24) God declares the day will come when the harvest will come or overtake you before you can sow for it. God will give you what you are asking for before you ask it. How would you like to receive from the Lord before you even ask? As you develop your relationship with Him through prayer and fasting, and build that covenant, God will begin to give you things you have not asked for. He will say, like with Abraham, Shall I hide from them what I am about to do? Abraham never asked for God to show him what he was about to do. However, God said, Abraham kept covenant with me. I am about to show him things he has never even asked me for. The prophet says, before they call, I will answer. Isaiah declared that God will begin to answer before you call. The harvest comes before you sow. As you connect with heaven, you will disconnect with earth. If you will today, set your affections on things above, you will lose the desire for things of this earth.

A Prayer For Transformation
You can lift your heart to heaven right now in prayer and say, “Father touch me deeply today. Holy Spirit, move in my life. I want to know You. Lord Jesus, right now take my eyes and turn them away from the things of the world. Place them on You. Turn them away from beholding vanities. Let me see You, Lord. Let me behold You, Lord. Take out of my heart the world and all that is in it. Disconnect me, Lord, from earthly things and connect me, Lord, to heavenly things. Empty my heart of all that is earthly and worldly and let my heart be filled with Your glory. Holy Spirit, if there is anything in me that grieves You or that displeases You, take it out in Jesus’ name. Transform me, cleanse me, purify me and bring me closer to You, Master. Help me to run the race and win in Jesus name. Amen”


Helpful Tips On How To Begin, During, and End Your Fast

How To Begin
Start with a clear goal. Be specific. Why are you fasting? Do you need direction, healing, restoration of marriage or family issues? Are you facing financial difficulties? Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. Pray daily and read the Bible.

Preparing Spiritually
Confess your sins to God. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal areas of weakness. Forgive all who have offended you and ask forgiveness from those you may have offended (Mark 11:25Luke 11:417:3-4). Surrender your life fully to Jesus Christ and reject the worldly desires that try to hinder you (Romans 12:1-2).

Deciding What To Fast
The type of fasting you choose is up to you. You could go on a full fast in which you only drink liquids, or you may desire to fast like Daniel, who abstained from sweets and meats, and the only liquid he drank was water. Remember to replace that time with prayer and Bible study.

Deciding How Long
You may fast as long as you like. Most can easily fast from one to three days, but you may feel the grace to go longer, even as much as 21 to 40 days. Use wisdom and pray for guidance. Beginners are advised to start slow.

What To Expect
When you fast your body detoxifies, eliminating toxins from your system. This can cause mild discomfort such as headaches and irritability during withdrawal from caffeine and sugars. And naturally, you will have hunger pains. Limit your activity and exercise moderately. Take time to rest. Fasting brings about miraculous results. You are following Jesus’ example when you fast. Spend time listening to praise and worship. Pray as often as you can throughout the day. Get away from the normal distractions as much as possible and keep your heart and mind set on seeking God’s face.

How To End
Don’t overeat when the time comes to end your fast. Begin eating solid food gradually; eat small portions or snack.


How To Stay On Track & Be Successful When Fasting
Fasting & Prayer:
  1. 7 Basic Steps to Successful Fasting and Prayer
  2. How to Begin Your Fast
  3. While You Fast
  4. Breaking Your Fast
  5. A Final Word
  6. How to Experience and Maintain Personal Revival
  7. 6 Vital Questions About Prayer

How you begin and conduct your fast will largely determine your success. By following these seven basic steps to fasting, you will make your time with the Lord more meaningful and spiritually rewarding. STEP 1: Set Your Objective! 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. This will enable you to pray more specifically and strategically. Through fasting and prayer we humble ourselves before God so the Holy Spirit will stir our souls, awaken our churches, and heal our land according to 2 Chronicles 7:14. Make this a priority in your fasting. STEP 2: Make Your Commitment! Pray about the kind of fast you should undertake. Jesus implied that all of His followers should fast (Matthew 6:16-18; 9:14,15) For Him it was a matter of when believers would fast, not if they would do it. Before you fast, decide the following up front:
  • How long you will fast - one meal, one day, a week, several weeks, forty days (Beginners should start slowly, building up to longer fasts.)
  • The type of fast God wants you to undertake (such as water only, or water and juices; what kinds of juices you will drink and how often)
  • What physical or social activities you will restrict
  • How much time each day you will devote to prayer and God's Word

Making these commitments ahead of time will help you sustain your fast when physical temptations and life's pressures tempt you to abandon it. STEP 3: Prepare Yourself Spiritually! The very foundation of fasting and prayer is repentance. Unconfessed sin will hinder your prayers. Here are several things you can do to prepare your heart:
  • Ask God to help you make a comprehensive list of your sins.
  • Confess every sin that the Holy Spirit calls to your remembrance and accept God's forgiveness (1 John 1:9).
  • Seek forgiveness from all whom you have offended, and forgive all who have hurt you (Mark 11:25; Luke 11:4; 17:3,4).
  • Make restitution as the Holy Spirit leads you.
  • Ask God to fill you with His Holy Spirit according to His command in Ephesians5:18 and His promise in 1 John 5:14,15.
  • Surrender your life fully to Jesus Christ as your Lord and Master; refuse to obey your worldly nature (Romans 12:1,2).
  • Meditate on the attributes of God, His love, sovereignty, power, wisdom, faithfulness, grace, compassion, and others (Psalm 48:9,10; 103:1-8, 11-13).
  • Begin your time of fasting and prayer with an expectant heart (Hebrews 11:6).
  • Do not underestimate spiritual opposition. Satan sometimes intensifies the natural battle between body and spirit (Galatians 5:16,17).

STEP 4: Prepare Yourself Physically! Fasting requires reasonable precautions. Consult your physician first, especially if you take prescription medication or have a chronic ailment. Some persons should never fast without professional supervision.Physical preparation makes the drastic change in your eating routine a little easier so that you can turn your full attention to the Lord in prayer.
  • Do not rush into your fast.
  • Prepare your body. Eat smaller meals before starting a fast. Avoid high-fat and sugary foods.
  • Eat raw fruit and vegetables for two days before starting a fast.

Your time of fasting and prayer has come. You are abstaining from all solid foods and have begun to seek the Lord. Here are some helpful suggestions to consider:
  • Avoid drugs, even natural herbal drugs and homeopathic remedies. Medication should be withdrawn only with your physician's supervision.
  • Limit your activity.
  • Exercise only moderately. Walk one to three miles each day if convenient and comfortable.
  • Rest as much as your schedule will permit.
  • Prepare yourself for temporary mental discomforts, such as impatience, crankiness, and anxiety.
  • Expect some physical discomforts, especially on the second day. You may have fleeting hunger pains, dizziness, or the "blahs." Withdrawal from caffeine and sugar may cause headaches. Physical annoyances may also include weakness, tiredness, or sleeplessness.
The first two or three days are usually the hardest. As you continue to fast, you will likely experience a sense of well-being both physically and spiritually. However, should you feel hunger pains, increase your liquid intake.

STEP 5: Put Yourself on a Schedule!
For maximum spiritual benefit, set aside ample time to be alone with the Lord. Listen for His leading. The more time you spend with Him, the more meaningful your fast will be.

Morning
  • Begin your day in praise and worship.
  • Read and meditate on God's Word, preferably on your knees.
  • Invite the Holy Spirit to work in you to will and to do His good pleasure according to Philippians 2:13.
  • Invite God to use you. Ask Him to show you how to influence your world, your family, your church, your community, your country, and beyond.
  • Pray for His vision for your life and empowerment to do His will.

Noon
  • Return to prayer and God's Word.
  • Take a short prayer walk.
  • Spend time in intercessory prayer for your community's and nation's leaders, for the world's unreached millions, for your family or special needs.

Evening
  • Get alone for an unhurried time of "seeking His face."
  • If others are fasting with you, meet together for prayer.
  • Avoid television or any other distraction that may dampen your spiritual focus.

When possible, begin and end each day on your knees with your spouse for a brief time of praise and thanksgiving to God. Longer periods of time with our Lord in prayer and study of His Word are often better spent alone.
A dietary routine is vital as well. Dr. Julio C. Ruibal - a nutritionist, pastor, and specialist in fasting and prayer - suggests a daily schedule and list of juices you may find useful and satisfying. Modify this schedule and the drinks you take to suit your circumstances and tastes.

5 a.m. - 8 a.m.
  • Fruit juices, preferably freshly squeezed or blended and diluted in 50 percent distilled water if the fruit is acid. Apple, pear, grapefruit, papaya, watermelon, or other fruit juices are generally preferred. If you cannot do your own juicing, buy juices without sugar or additives.

10:30 a.m. - noon
  • Fresh vegetable juice made from lettuce, celery, and carrots in three equal parts.

2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Herb tea with a drop of honey. Avoid black tea or any tea with caffeine.

6 pm - 8:30pm
  • Broth made from boiling potatoes, celery, and carrots with no salt. After boiling about half an hour, pour the water into a container and drink it.

Tips On Juice Fasting
  • Drinking fruit juice will decrease your hunger pains and give you some natural sugar energy. The taste and lift will motivate and strengthen you to continue.
  • The best juices are made from fresh watermelon, lemons, grapes, apples, cabbage, beets, carrots, celery, or leafy green vegetables. In cold weather, you may enjoy a warm vegetable broth.
  • Mix acidic juices (orange and tomato) with water for your stomach's sake.
  • Avoid caffeinated drinks. And avoid chewing gum or mints, even if your breath is bad. They stimulate digestive action in your stomach.