Fasting is a discipline Christian’s use abstaining from food to spend time concentrating on God to sustain them. Fasting can take place for a meal, a day or more. The desire is to spend more time with God, reading the Bible and praying.
Why should Christians fast?
Jesus talked about fasting as something His followers would regularly do, Matthew 6:16 He says, "Whenever you fast…” notice there is a clear assumption that a believer would participate in fasting, it’s doesn’t say “If you fast…”
Fasting can grow your prayer life into a richer experience.
Fasting helps us navigate life’s difficult situations, repeatedly in the Bible we see God’s people fasting for God to help them.
There is no greater way to recharge yourself spiritually than to take time and fast.
You can be empowered by the Holy Spirit through intentional times of fasting.
How do I fast?
Set an intentional amount of time to focus on God and abstain from eating food, but be sure to drink plenty of water.
Take as much time as you can to pray and read the Bible. See Jeremiah 36:6.
Have a list of things you will be praying for; persons you want to come to faith in Jesus and situations that require Christ’ intervention.
Be purposeful to avoid watching movies/shows, being on social media but disconnect to remove any distractions from your time with God.
Be wise. You may have a medical condition that prohibits from fasting. Ask the Lord is there is another way you can participate. If you don’t feel right, stop fasting - remember it’s not a strongman competition.
tips for fasting
Fasting does not have to be for long periods of time, you can begin slow, with a meal or a day.
You should continually drink water to stay hydrated.
You may want to decrease the amount of caffeine you drink before a fast to avoid any related headaches.
Be sure not to overeat after you finish your fast.