You may be a believer who had a passion for the Lord but somewhere along the way you lost the fire. Fasting and prayer are the tools that will bring you back in line. It releases so much more in your life than you can comprehend.
When you choose to begin a fast, you are doing something out of the ordinary. You are breaking out the norm, the everyday routine. You can’t keep doing the same thing and expect to have different results. Fasting is doing things differently and expecting God to move in a supernatural way!
When we can control the appetite we can control the flesh-king of our body. Fasting gives us a holy sense of true values. So as you go into your time of fasting watch how you begin to die to the fleshly desires that were becoming hindrances in your life and threatened to destroy you.
There are several types of fasting, the one you choose is between you and God. He will honor your best sacrifice. I encourage you to seek the Lord in prayer and let your decisions about your biblical fasting come from Him. Ask the Lord to show you areas to target during your time of fasting and prayer. There must be purpose in your fasting.
God will reward you in fasting if you seek Him with the right motives and in a scriptural way.
Get your plan prepared. Be sure you have a clear goal for your fast. Is it direction, restoration of a relationship, healing or financial breakthrough? Moses fasted before receiving the Ten Commandments. Hannah fasted and prayed to have a child. Jesus fasted forty days in the wilderness. Why are you fasting?
Begin with a clear goal. Be specific. Why are you fasting? Do you need direction, healing, restoration of marriage or family issues? Are you facing financial difficulties? Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. Read the Bible and pray as often as you can throughout the day. Get away from the normal distractions as much as possible and keep your heart and mind set on seeking God's face.
Fasting without prayer, without time spent humbling yourself before the Lord, will just leave you empty. But a heart poured out before God will be full
Will you interrupt your lives and your routines enough to regain the fire and truly become broken before the Lord? Remember when you fast, it is common to experience headaches and irritability as your body detox and experience withdrawals from caffeine and sugar. Of course you will feel hungry, but use these moments as a reminder of why you’re fasting and pause to pray and seek the Lord.
Don’t wait for the perfect time to begin and don’t quit if you stumble. Remember, it is the attitude of a heart sincerely seeking Him to which God responds with. May God bless you as you dedicate this time to prayer and fasting.
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The Word of God is living and active. If you confess the Word of God over your heart and life, it will not return void. We encourage you to meditate on these confessions.
And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people. (Isaiah 51:16)
The Lord has put His words in my mouth therefore I shall be his mouthpiece, and because He covers me I shall not be afraid to speak.
- A Christian who loves to write about christian living, natural health and self improvement. I pray daily that the love and grace of God will be poured out through my life to others. I remind myself daily that whether or not I have "witnessed" I am still a witness in everything I do.