02 Jan Fasting 101
What is fasting?
It is abstinence from food and drink other than water as an element of religious devotion for a period of time. It is the ultimate sign of humility and it also helps kill your flesh spiritually in order to receive the the holy spirit. Fasting has to be a willing sacrifice. If you don’t focus on God while fasting, you will not benefit from it. So prayer and fasting goes hand and hand to receive the holy spirit.
What are the best times to fast and for how long?
There are the times and lengths to fast depending on how long your body can take it. We suggest not to start off with 24 hour fasting if you have never fasted before or if your body is not used to it.
6:00 – 12:00 6 hour
6:00 – 15:00 (3pm ) 9 hour
6:00 – 18:00 (6pm) 12 hour
6:00 – 6:00 24 hour
While fasting you should pray more than usual. Every 3 hours is recommended. Ask the lord for strength and also thank him for the strength he has given you while fasting. Don’t watch or listen to anything that is not Godly such as drama shows, talk shows. Try to watch video or documents about God. Read your bible while your fasting. Keep your focus on God and your relationship with him while you fast.
Scriptures on Fasting
“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. – Matthew 6:16
“Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” – Esther 4:16
David pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and spent the nights lying in sackcloth on the ground. – 2 Samuel 12:16
“Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” – Joel 2:12
Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust. – Act 14:23
So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes. – Daniel 9:3
And then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. – Luke 2:37
On the twenty-fourth day of the same month, the Israelites gathered together, fasting and wearing sackcloth and putting dust on their heads. – Nehemiah 9:1
Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fists. You cannot fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on high. – Isaiah 58:4
The Importance of Fasting
Fasting is important for Christians because it is one way to humble yourself before God. In the Bible, fasting is often done in times of distress or trouble. Fasting is the fastest way to get answers to prayer requests. No matter how big or small your problem is, fasting helps your prayer to be answered. Even being great figures in the Bible, both Moses and Jesus fasted for 40 days and nights. As Hebrews in Bible relied on fasting to get a word from God, we as Christians should also rely on fasting as well.