When you eliminate food from your diet for a number of days, your spirit becomes uncluttered by the things of this world and amazingly sensitive to the things of God.
Jesus said, "When you give....When you pray..... When you fast...."
This passage in Matthew six is where Jesus made it clear that fasting, like giving and praying, is a normal part of the believer's life.
On January 2-6 we will fast as a community of believers. There are many different ways to fast. Last year we set out several examples of fasts and I want to list them here again today. Please begin to pray and ask God to prepare you and to point you to the fast that will work for you.
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 weight-loss.
- 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 vegetables 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.
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.
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:
We will be sharing the focus of our fast for the week on Friday. See you then.
Be blessed, Lynn