WHAT ABOUT FASTING?

The backbone of any Congregation, Family or Ministry is PRAYER. Without it we cannot thrive or survive. Please join us as we pray for our Congregation, our Families, our Community, our Nation and Israel. Fasting and Prayer is a voluntary activity, and it is always appropriate for YHVH’s people to set aside devoted time to bring about an event, family members and problems before The Father. If you are unfamiliar with the practice of fasting, we ask that you read on to learn more, and then decide whether or not you want to fast while you pray!

What is Fasting?

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Fasting involves a Believer’s voluntary abstinence from food for spiritual purposes. It is a time of Spiritual Warfare against our own flesh and body; against our minds and against the forces of evil. Fasting is an act of humility, where we humble ourselves before The Father through prayer and petition.
Sometimes in the process of fasting, we can get so caught up in the the actual act of fasting, that we forget and neglect to spend time in prayer. Fasting without spending time with the Father, whether through praise & worship (through worship in song or studying scripture) or in prayer, is losing sight of the point
and done in vain. Let us not rob ourselves of the blessing that comes through fasting & prayer, by forgetting to spend time in actual prayer.

What can I Fast?

We can choose to fast from any activity that might get in the way of our spending quality time with YHVH in prayer. So, don’t shy away from fasting because you feel you will have a really hard time not eating or because for medical reasons you cannot go without food.

Consider fasting from this broader perspective and give up whatever it is that might distract you from having a quality, rich, deep prayer time with The Father! Here are some ideas of what you can fast:

  • Food & Water
  • Food Only (while drinking only water)
  • One or Two meals
  • Meat
  • Sweets
  • Caffeine
  • Talking on your cell phone
  • Watching TV
  • Listening to non-worshipful and secular songs.
  • Social media, Tweeting or Texting
  • Video Games
  • Sleeping

How long should I Fast?

One day prior to your fast, abstain from fatty and sugary foods, as this will only lead to withdrawal symptoms the next day, leaving you susceptible to headaches or low blood sugar. Instead, eat complex carbohydrates like fruits and vegetables and leafy greens. If you choose a food fast, you might decide to fast for 24 hours, beginning the fast after dinner on one day and ending the fast with dinner on the next day or from sundown to sundown. Please realize there is nothing more spiritual about embarking upon a more severe fast than a less severe one ā€” the point is not to torture yourself, but rather to abstain from something that might normally fill you or satisfy you instead of YHVH’s presence.
 

Fast with Someone Else or Corporately

Fasting with others always makes it easier. Pairing up with a support/accountability partner ā€” someone who will pray with you on that day, and who will fast alongside you. This may help you to increase your diligence in praying and fasting.