(-: FASTING 🙂
Fasting is not what we have to do; it is what we get to do !!!
We fast to grow in intimacy with God and pray His Kingdom come. When we fast we set our hearts to encounters His love, and we partner with God in His acts of Justice in people lives. As Holy Clubs we should set our hearts to a rhythm of fasting where other lives will be transformed. Suggestions: fast twice weekly.
- First, a Bridegroom fast; this is a fast of intimacy with Jesus the Bridegeroom; longing for the presence of God (Matthew 9:15), this allows us to grow in the 1st commandment.
- Secondly, a Luke 18 Justice fast; asking God to release heavenly Justice into the earth (Luke 18:1-8); this is a 2nd commandment fast.
Why should I fast?
1 – Jesus fasted; Fasting is, by definition, abstaining from food, and it is part of the normal Christian life. Many believers consider this an optional discipline. Jesus said, “When you fast,” implying that fasting occurred in the regular course of a disciple’s life (Matt.6:16).
2 – Rewards; Jesus called us to fast because He knows that its rewards will far outweigh its difficulties. With boldness, Jesus emphasized that the Father will reward fasting (Mt. 6:17). This proclamation alone makes fasting very important. God rewards fasting, yet we do not earn these rewards. Some of the rewards are external, as our circumstances are touched by God’s power. Some of our rewards are internal, as our hearts encounter Him in a new depth. We fast both to walk in more of God’s power to change the world, and to encounter more of His heart to change our heart!
3- Is Fasting trying to earn God’s favor? We do not fast to prove anything to God or to deserve His favor. We fast to position ourselves to receive freely from His grace and be wholly consumed with Jesus and His will.
HOW DO WE FAST?
1 – Schedule; set a day to fast and get some friends to do it with you. (pick a day) __________________
2 – Grow; learn what Jesus said about fasting, and learn from those that have a fruitful, biblical life of fasting. For more of this check out “tools” at miamiuholy.wordpress.com
3 – GRACE; ask God for Grace. The grace of fasting is a gift to the Church. God gives grace to fast, and we will receive it as we ask for it (2 Pet. 1:2; 3:18).
4 – Long Term; we have to set our hearts over the long term not the short run.
5 – Friends; fasting goes better with friends, consider a group of three and write down their name.
Friends #1 Friend #2
WHAT CAN I FAST FROM?
1 – Food; we can fast on water, juice, or a Daniel fast; no meats, no sweets, and limited portions.
2 – Finances; we give our money to build the kingdom of God.
3 – Time; it important to set aside time for God. We need to consider what we do with our time.
4 – Words; there are times when we can fast from talking. This allows us to silence the conversations around us and focus our hearts on God’s thoughts towards us.
5 – Social Media; we have to consider what we are doing with our time and how it will affect our lives. Fasting from social media will not only help our grades, but it will also build up our life in God.
7 TYPES OF BIBLICAL FASTING
We fast to experience the power of God in personal ministry – When the disciples could not set a demonized boy free, Jesus told them that kind of demon does not go out except by prayer and fasting (Mt. 17:21). The power of john the Baptist’s preaching was connected to his fasted lifestyle (Mt. 11:18). The early church fasted twice a week (Wednesdays and Fridays) to experience more power. Fasting was a regular part of Paul’s life (2 Cor. 6:5; 11:27; Acts 9:9).
Many who led the great revivals practiced regular fasting. Examples include John Wesley, George Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards, David Brainerd, and Charles Finney. John G. Lake (1870-1935) sought god with much prayer and fasting. God released powerful miracles through him.
We fast for prophetic revelation of the end times – Daniel sought God with fasting and prayer and received revelation of Israel’s end-time destiny (Dan. 9:1-3, 20-23; 10:1-3, 12-14).
We fast for the fulfillment of God’s promises to our city or nation – The Lord has prophetic plans and promises for each city and nation. We must actively seek the Lord for their fulfillment. Daniel prayed and fasted for the fulfillment of God’s promise to release Israel from captivity to return to their land (Dan. 9:1-3; 10:1-4).
We fast to stop a crisis (individual or national) – (Individual) the mother of Samuel, being distressed by her barrenness, entered into prayer with fasting, and God answered her by giving her a son who grew up to become a prophet (1 Sam. 1:7). (National) The story of Jonah gives us eternal Hope for any city of America. Jonah warned the wicked city of Nineveh that God was going to destroy them. When Nineveh repented with fasting, the Lord showed mercy and spared the city (Jon. 3:3-9).
We fast for protection – Ezra and Esther are firm biblical examples of God protecting people that fasted and prayed (Ezra 8:21-23) (Esth. 3:13; 4:7).
We fast for direction – Throughout the New Testament, the church fasted for supernatural wisdom and direction (Acts 13:1-2).
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
Will you commit to pray, ask God for grace to fast, and stay accountable for 6 months with a friend? If so, have you and your fasting accountability partner sign here.
Your name friend