We as that every member of the Eastern Missouri Department of Women join us, as you are medically able, in our National Church of God in Christ prayer and fasting days!
Information on Fasting
What is Fasting?
To fast simply means to voluntarily abstain from eating and/or drinking for an extended period of time. Biblical fasting is a discipline of voluntarily denying one’s self of the basics of eating in order to be available for prayer and communion with the Lord. Since it is an ultimate act of self-denial, you are simply entering into an intense training in righteousness. Why Fast? Listed below are some of the reasons why people in the Bible fasted:
• Repentance: Jonah 3:5 and Daniel 6:18
• Ultimate denial of the flesh: Matthew 4:2
• Spiritual power: Mark 9:29
• Wisdom: Acts 14:23
• Set aside self for holiness: 1 Corinthians 7:5
• Answered prayer: Acts 10:30-31
What is the number one thing you trust in for your survival, your very existence?
What is the one thing, above everything else, that you can’t do without, not only for days but even hours?
What is the one thing that will give you an “attitude” if you don’t receive it, when and how you want it?
What do you spend hours preparing for and is the center of your social and recreational life?
What is the one thing that is “a given” in your daily schedule, such “a given” that you would never question skipping it for any serious length of time?
Well, you might have realized by now that the answer is food. Jesus said in Matthew 6:33, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.” “Seek ye first,” not second, not third or fourth, the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, not food. The kingdom of God is His absolute rule in your life.
Preparing For Your Fast. Take time to confess your sins, before and during your fast, knowing that He is faithful and just to forgive you and cleanse you of all unrighteousness (1John 1:9). Remember, fasting is a time for cleansing. The Bible says in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Preparation of Your Physical Body. It is important to prepare your physical body for your fast. You will begin by decreasing the size of your food intake as you prepare to abstain from food.
Examine Yourself. Your motives for conducting a fast will play a large role in the goals you establish. I have talked to several people who have expressed a hesitation to fast because they thought they would be doing it for selfish reasons. Some wanted to lose weight to become more attractive or they wanted to fast just to get a blessing.
Selfish or Blessing? Using this same logic, ask yourself this question: “Why do you pray, read your Bible or go to church?” It’s to be obedient to what God calls us to do and to be blessed! The Lord has been graciously dealing with you since your sinful beginning. The only reason “you love Him is because He first loved you” (1 John 4:10). Your fasting will not and cannot make Him love you any more than He already does. You are not going to trick or force Him into blessing you against His will.
Social Tensions. A frequently asked question about fasting is: “Should you tell people that you are fasting?” Since fasting is a discipline of self-denial and consecration unto the Lord, constant discussion about it will be a distraction. For maximum benefit, it would be best for you not to tell anyone about your fast. Jesus was against the religious leaders drawing attention to themselves by giving people the impression they were suffering for the Lord (Matthew 6:16-18).
After Your Fast. Ending your fast properly is just as important as beginning your fast properly. Just as you prepared yourself to begin a fast, you must prepare yourself to stop or break your fast. Here are a few questions you can ask yourself as you end your fast: • What are the key lessons learned? • What new habits or disciplines do you want to keep? • What new dietary rules will you follow? • What foods will you begin eating and not eat anymore? • What dreams and visions have you seen pertaining to your personal walk with the Lord or your ministry?
Miles Ahead Ministry. San Diego: 1997. © 11/11/40 PRAYER GUIDEBOOK. Church Of God In Christ, Inc., 2012. Updated 2017 Reproduction without permission prohibited by law
© 11/11/40 PRAYER GUIDEBOOK. Church Of God In Christ, Inc., 2012. Updated 2017 Reproduction without permission prohibited by law.