Information on Fasting
The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God. Biblical fasting always has to do with
eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul
and renews us from the inside out. It also enables us to celebrate the goodness and
mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all that God wants to do in our lives.
TYPES OF FASTS
Your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to
know your body, your options, and most importantly, to seek God in prayer and
follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do. Here are a few options to choose from:
In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an
This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example
of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, and
bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and
vegetables for food.
This fast is sometimes called the “Jewish Fast” and involves abstaining from eating
any type of food in the morning and afternoon. This can either correlate to specific
times of the day, such as 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown.
This fast is a great option if you do not have much experience fasting food, have
health issues that prevent you from fasting food, or if you wish to refocus certain
areas of your life that are out of balance. For example, you might choose to stop
using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast and then
carefully bring that element back into your life in healthy doses at the conclusion
of the fast.
15 Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.
13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’
14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
For more information on Prayer and Fasting:
• Dr. Bill Bright’s article: Personal Guide to Prayer and Fasting