FASTING

“But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
Matthew 6:16-18
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WHAT IS FASTING?

The goal of fasting is to make room for God and to draw near to him. It is the choice to voluntarily give something up and to focus on Jesus. Fasting helps us appreciate God’s goodness and mercy, getting our hearts ready for the good things He wants to bring into our lives. 

Various forms of fasting exist, ranging from abstaining from specific foods to taking breaks from indulgences like social media. The overarching objective is to nurture our connection with God. Fasting is frequently intertwined with prayer and meditation, serving as a means to cultivate self-control, humility, and practice self-discipline.

 

FASTING IN THE BIBLE

Engaging in Biblical fasting requires a serious and sincere approach, distinct from fasting for medical reasons. During this practice, we willingly forgo nourishment and the pleasure of food, with our hearts and minds fully focused on God as the ultimate source of strength throughout the fasting period.  We should never fast to impress anyone, or somehow prove ourselves to God, in fact, it says in Matthew 6:16-18 that we shouldn’t make it obvious to others when we are fasting. 

Here are some more scriptures that reference fasting:

Matthew 6:16-19, Matthew 9:14-15, Luke18:19-14, Acts 27:33-37, 

 

TYPES OF FASTING

Fasts may vary in duration—ranging from one day to three, seven, or more. It’s essential to seek the Lord’s guidance on the fasting duration, with a clear understanding of the intended purpose. If opting for a food fast, ensure sufficient water intake, and if health conditions prevent a food fast, consider alternative fasting methods.Various Types of Fasts include:

  • Full Fast: Consuming only liquids for a specified number of days.
  • Three-Day Fast: Involves either a complete fast or abstaining from at least one type of food.
  • Partial Fast: Typically observed from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm or sunrise to sunset, offering flexibility with options like a Full Fast, Daniel Fast, or giving up a specific food item.
  • Media Fast: Restricting exposure to media influences such as tv, films, social media, gaming, or scrolling on our phones. 

 

 

MORE ON FASTING

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