What is fasting?
Fasting is a way we engage with God that is taught in the Bible. Jesus taught His followers to fast, and He said that God rewards fasting. Fasting means willingly removing your intake of food for a specific time and purpose for increased time for prayer and scripture.
16 “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. ~Matthew 6:16-18
Why do we fast?
- It gives us more time for focused prayer
- It positions our hearts to rely on God
- It signifies our deep desire while praying in faith
“Fasting does not force God’s hand, fasting simply prepares our hearts for his answer.”
Tips for fasting
Make a plan
Make a plan for how long you’ll fast, what you’re fasting from, and what you’ll be praying about during your fast. When doing a food fast, use the pockets of time you’d normally be eating to pray, read scripture, and worship. Having a list of important items to pray about is critical for a successful fast.
The bible is clear that we shouldn’t brag about our fasting or let others know how hungry we are. Fasting is personal and between you and God. Keep it personal and private.
Pray in faith. Anticipate a movement of God in your life. You may not receive the answer you want, but trust Him that it’s the answer you need.