What’s going on lately? Do you need healing? Do you need clarity on a decision? Do you feel tension in the home front? At the
workplace? Are you in spiritual warfare?
Biblical, Christ-centered fasting is a chosen weapon against spiritual forces in a way to humble ourselves before the Lord, and display what I would consider a mere tiny bit of self-sacrifice.
Fasting doesn’t guarantee anything other than our desire to humble ourselves and seek the Lord. I have no idea if He’ll answer. But I want to seek Him in a more intentional manner and become weak to be made
Just as Jesus said in John 4:24 “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth,” and James says “draw near to God and he will draw near to you.” James 4:8
Some examples of fasting we see in the bible:
– Moses fasted for intimate fellowship with God (Exodus 34:28)
– David fasted for his sick child (2 Samuel 12:16)
– Ezra called a fast for humility and to ask for God’s provisions (Ezra 8:21-23)
– Daniel fasted to discern God’s will and seek God’s counsel (Daniel 10:2-3)
– Jesus fasted before beginning his public ministry (Matthew 4:2)
– Church leaders in Antioch fasted for God’s divine help (Acts 13:3)
– Paul fasted as a servant of God for those he served (2 Corinthians 6:5)
Let thy hunger remind us why we are fasting…to pray specifically.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:7-11)
Let us submit ourselves physically to the throne of Grace in times of need…
“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that
we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:14-16)
Let the Holy Spirit reveal to us our blind spots and sins…
“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” Romans 8:26
Let’s begin this intentional, deliberate time by repenting of any sins the Holy Spirit brings to mind and asking for God’s forgiveness. This is essential to ensure that sin is not hindering our communication with God.
HOW TO (multiple ways)
Partial (for example: just veggies, or just protein, or just one meal, or just a few hours); or Full (Sundown to sundown with just water)
Should you fast if you have health issues?
As health trainers we know the risk for individuals with contraindicating health issues like anemia, diabetes, or pregnant women. It’s why we mainly only discuss fasting on an individual level. The good news is you don’t have to do a full fast. We’ll talk you through this and more, like my bonus tip of the most effective way I’ve found to fast for health results, and the difference between health and faith fasting (although both are linked).
Zoom Call To Discuss More Tomorrow (Friday 10:30am)
Let us pray for a breakthrough
We, the church as the body of Christ
directed by Jesus as the head, seek
corporately to hear from God. It is time
directed and empowered by the Holy Spirit
intended to yield spiritual growth and seek
guidance for answered prayers. We draw
near to God the Father; we seek to follow
Jesus; and we pray guidance by the Holy
Israel incorporated fasting and
praying within their relationship to the
living Lord. Jesus prayed and fasted in the
wilderness before He began His ministry.
The church of Acts continued the practice,
and so do we. Thus, we invite you to join
our church family during this Spirit-prompted time as led by the Holy Spirit with prayer & fasting in behalf of yourself, family,
friends, and our church.