AS OUR FAST BEGINS WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE FASTING AND PRAYING FOR DURING THE NEXT 21 DAYS! WE BELIEVE THE LORD WILL MOVE IN YOUR LIFE AND CAN NOT WAIT TO CELEBRATE WITH YOU ALL THE VICTORIES THE LORD HAS IN STORE!
FASTING IS A POWERFUL WAY TO DRAW CLOSE TO GOD.
“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” [Matthew 6:16-18 NIV]
Notice how Jesus talks about fasting. In this specific instance He doesn’t say “IF you fast...” He says “WHEN you fast…” This implies that fasting should be a regular practice in our walk with the Lord. He tells us that we should not be somber or ask for sympathy when we fast. Why? Because it’s not a punishment—it’s a privilege and opportunity to get closer to God. Fasting is the decision to disconnect from our dependence on the world and ourselves. It hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out.
TYPES OF FASTS
This fast calls for drinking only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.
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, or 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 common for those who do not have much experience fasting food, who have health issues that prevent them from fasting food, or who wish to refocus certain areas of their life that are out of balance. For instance, someone might select to abstain from using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast, and then choose to carefully bring that element back into their life in an orderly fashion at the conclusion of the fast.