Psalm 37:4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.
Are you willing to forgo a Snicker's bar in the afternoon to over come a recurring sin in your life?
So what is fasting? It's the humbling of ourselves to draw closer to God.
Fasting must be coupled with prayer and reading of God's word. This three cord approach is what releases God's supernatural power into our life. Without all three, fasting is just dieting.
Fasting is NOT:
- A tool for weightloss.
- An attempt to arm twist God into our way of thinking.
- Advisable for those with medical conditions that are complicated from fasting.
True fasting is giving of our basic human nature completely over to the Lord. To allow Him to fill us up spiritually as we empty physically.
There are many ways to fast. You can fast from television. Or give up one meal a day. Or like, Daniel, fast certain foods. The Biblical fasts include fasting from food for one, three, ten, 21, and 40 day fasts.
In his book, Fasting, Jentezen Franklin, describes the types of fasts:
- Absolute Fast: Food and water fast. For only a limited time and under medical consultation.
- Normal Fast: No food, clear liquids, lots of water, 1 gal purified the first day, broth and juice when necessary.
- Partial Fast: The Daniel fast was vegatables and water.
If you have never fasted before, I would suggest trying out a one day fast. Forgo food from dawn to dusk. After sunset you join the family for a modest evening meal. This was the first kind of fast I participated in. It was amazing. This was the type of fasting I did during our annual fast last January.
This year I hear the Lord calling all of us that are able, to fast from food for seven days. I have prayed about how and what to pray for and the Lord is so good. He has given, Rosheeda, who will lead our fast next week, and me some general topics which to pray through.
Why do this corporately? We all are living in some difficult and challenging circumstances. When we pray and FAST together we bring down the power of God. We will also bring God into our planning for 2011.
So tomorrow we will cover the Top Ten of 2011 and what that is and looks like and why you want to be part of it.
Okay today, if you are feeling that excitement build, leave "I'm In" in the comments again. Also share any experiences you have had during a time of fasting. Your experiences can help others to be ready.
Additionally, I discovered some excellent information about the details of fasting on the Campus Crusade website. Take a look:
Stop in Tomorrow for the Top Ten 2011
Be blessed, Lynn