I have experience with fasts. In fact, I’ve done them on occasion. Mostly one or two day fasts where our church family is praying, in a mighty way, over something or someone. A few years ago, I tried the Daniel’s Fast a “diet” that is taken from the the first chapter of Daniel in the bible, when Daniel prays fervently for God to do something and he fasts on fruits and vegetables with nothing else but water. He does this for 21 DAYS! On that day, an angel appears and says that he heard him on day 1 but he was stuck fighting a mighty force. Daniel’s constant prayer helped him through. Find out more about the Daniel Fast here.
There are all sorts of fasts. You can fast from food or drink, you can fast certain meals (breakfast and lunch, or dinner) you can fast certain types of foods (sweets, sodas) or you can fast things (facebook, texting, television.) What you fast depends on what you think may have a stronghold on you. Do you feel like you can’t go to sleep without doing ______? Or the first thing you do in the morning is __________? (Now I’m not talking about taking a shower, though I have heard of people fasting hot water)
Prayer is a powerful thing, and when coupled with fasting it can have even more force. Have you ever tried fasting over a difficulty in your life? When we show God that there is NOTHING more important than Him, He is able to do incredible things.
Check out my church blog, where Pastor Ashley and Conrad will be sharing messages of encouragement during the full 21 days of fasting for our church. Let me know if I can be praying for you in any ways too!
“And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” Matthew 6: 16-18