How We Fast?
1. The length of the fast is from December 1 – 21, 2020.
2. The time of fasting is from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 pm everyday.
3. You will receive fasting information in your email each day with recommendations for:
a. Daily reading from which you can also journal or write down your thoughts concerning the reading.
b. Fasting breaks habits, behaviors, strongholds. It will also mention what the church is fasting to break that day. Pray with us.
c. Informs you of the gathering for that evening (FB, UTUBE, Livestream, etc.
4. A prayer partner is someone who will pray with you and for you during the fast. They are also able to answer any questions you may have if you are not familiar with fasting. If you are not contacted by a prayer partner, please text (210) 239-7296.
5. Be sure to connect every evening during the fast. It will encourage you and help you get through the fast.
6. DRINK LOTS OF WATER WHEN FASTING, especially if you are fasting food.
7. Text (210) 239-7296 if you have a question about fasting and someone will call you back.
THE PHYSICAL BENEFITS OF FASTING
A Biblical definition of fasting is going without food or sustenance for a specific period of time. There are various types of fasts:
Regular fasts – abstaining from food/drink (lots of water). When abstaining from food:
1. Drink lots of water (pure water, not carbonated or mineral), herbal teas, or black coffee.
2. Eat high-fiber foods, such as nuts, beans, fruits and vegetables and high protein foods, fish, poultry, tofu during your eating window. Minimize the intake of red meats.
3. Minimize your intake of foods that are high in carbohydrates (potatoes, rice, flour, sugar, candy, cakes, etc.). These foods increase hunger.
4. It is common to have slight headaches for the first 2 days, which is due to the toxins being released from your body. The headaches should dissipate by day 3.
6. Before you begin eating at 6:00 pm each day, take a moments and give God thanks for keeping you during that day. Gently break your fast, either with a piece of fruit or a small amount of juice.
7. Fasting promotes detoxification and allows your system to burn unused fats and releases toxins from the body.
8. Fasting promotes the healing of inflammatory diseases in the body.
9. Fasting reduces blood sugar.
10. Fasting corrects high blood pressure.
SPIRITUAL BENEFITS OF FASTING
Today, when we talking about fasting, we voluntarily go without food, drinking water only.
Isaiah 58:1-14 tells of the kind of fast that God has chosen. The Hebrews understood the term “afflict thy soul” (Isaiah 58:5) to mean going without food. They choose to deny themselves something else of value to them such as fasting television or fasting social media.
Since fasting involves humility and the attitude of our hearts, the abstinence we choose should bring us closer to God as we trust Him during this fasting period. When we are fasting for spiritual breakthroughs in our lives, we will reap benefits that we may not expect.
Deeper Intimacy with God
Fasting and prayer will deepen our relationship with God and when we willingly give up food to spend time with Him, we will develop a deeper intimacy with Him.
In our time of fasting and prayer, we will have that deeper intimacy with God.
Answers to Fervent Prayer
Sometimes we do not see the results we are seeking in our regular prayers. While we cannot control or manipulate God to answering our prayers the way we want, God will see your heart and respond according to His plan.
Develop Humility before God
Fasting food for any length of time is humbling. We need food to survive. So when believers voluntarily “afflict their soul” with the fasting of food, they are humbling themselves. When the attitude of your heart is one of truly seeking God, He will see your motive and respond to your heart’s cry.
Gain Wisdom and Understanding
When Daniel sought the LORD for help, he fasted for 21 days to gain understanding and wisdom for his situation. Daniel 10:12; 14 tells us that God heard Daniel’s heart and saw his humility in fasting and sent the angel to help him understand.
As you spend time in fasting and prayer, believe that God will give you wisdom and understanding. Not only in the thing you are praying for but also for every area of your life. He will give you a clear mind and better understanding.
Authority over Demonic Strongholds
You may be fasting to break the devil’s strongholds in areas of your life or others. While strongholds can be broken through commanding the evil spirits along with using the name of Jesus, fasting can add more spiritual power to the breaking of strongholds.
Some strongholds are stronger than others, meaning that they may have been nagging the believer much longer than others, or, they are stronger simply because the evil spirits are stronger.
Either way, fasting and prayer will equip you in breaking the bonds of wickedness.
Repentance and Salvation
Jonah 3:4-10 tells when Jonah reluctantly obeyed God and gave the people of Nineveh the message from God…to repent of their wicked ways. That message resulted in the entire city repenting before God. Their change of heart caused God to spare them for 100 years.
You may be earnestly seeking salvation for loved ones through times of fasting and prayer. The result may be immediate, soon after or even weeks or months later but God will answer.
Personal Victories in Your Life
Another of the many benefits of fasting and prayer is receiving personal victories in your own life. You may be praying for self-control or self-discipline in a certain area of your life and soon after your time of fasting, you may begin to notice the victory in that area.
Seeing Things the Way God Sees It
Look again at Isaiah 58:1-14. From God’s perspective, He saw the outward appearance of the people fasting but their hearts were in the wrong place. They were not taking their fast seriously as they were enjoying their daily pleasures.
When we fast, God expects us to humble ourselves, 2 Chronicles 7:14, so that we can see the situation as God sees it. He sees the big picture and has a specific time for everything to be accomplished.
As we spend time seeking God in fasting and prayer, we will begin to see two things: ourselves the way He sees us and the situation we’re praying for as He sees it.
God’s Protection and Help
When we fast and pray, another benefit is receiving God’s intervention in our circumstances. We are targeted by the enemy and need God’s divine help in winning the victory.
King Jehoshaphat and his people fasted before they went into battle. God said to them, 2 Chronicles 20:15, that the battle was not theirs but His. He would be with them and He would deliver them, 2 Chronicles 20:17. Their fasting and seeking God resulted in a dramatic deliverance.
Direction in Ministry
The teachers and prophets along with several other men, in Acts 13:1-3, spent time in fasting as they sought the Lord for direction. The Holy Spirit responded with the direction to send out Barnabas and Saul for ministry to where He was calling them.
Then, if you notice in Acts 13:3, they fasted a second time before sending them out. This time they also laid hands on them before sending them out into the mission field.
God may be calling you into a new area of ministry. If so, it would be wise to spend time in fasting and prayer to seek His will. You may even ask others to join you as you seek God’s will for your life.