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What is Biblical Fasting?

Biblical fasting is a spiritual discipline that is defined as a voluntary abstinence from food with the purpose of realigning our heart’s desires according to God’s will for us. Life has the potential to make us lose focus on what matters most; even the calmest sea will make us drift. Therefore, it is important to ensure that we are anchored unto Jesus Christ (the author and finisher of our faith). Biblical fasting is sometimes like pushing the reset button.

How to Engage in Effective Fasting

Abstinence from food: This is a humbling experience, and it awakens the spirit to the things of God.

Prayer: Abstinence from food without prayer is close to starvation. The essence of fasting is to seek God’s face in prayer.

Bible reading and study: In your time of fasting, you should read and study God’s manual (the Bible) for a victorious life. It is also advisable to keep a journal of God’s revelation while fasting.

Confess your sins: This is a time to truly humble ourselves before God, confessing our sins and seeking help to be strong henceforth.

Thanksgiving and praises: Sing God’s praises. Your praises invoke God’s action force. 2 Chronicles 20: 21-22, NIV reads; 

After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: ‘Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever.’ As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.” 

Television and Social Media: You may abstain from watching TV and social media as much as possible during your fast.

There are 4 Ways You Can Engage in This Fast

Complete Fast: This fast calls for drinking only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.

Selective Fast: This fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, or bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.

Partial Fast: This fast is sometimes called the Jewish Fast and involves abstaining from eating any food in the morning and afternoon. This can either correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown.

Soul Fast: This fast is common for those who do not have much experience fasting food, who have health issues that prevent them from fasting food, or who wish to refocus certain areas of their life that are out of balance. For instance, someone might select to abstain from using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast, and then choose to carefully bring that element back into their life in an orderly fashion at the conclusion of the fast.

Please note: You are exempt from dietary fasting if you have medical conditions that requires you to eat, or if you are a pregnant or nursing mother. In this case, you may strictly adhere to abstinence from watching TV and engage in prayer, bible study and the other above mentioned exercises.  

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