Jeremiah 32:27 -
the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing to hard for me?
WHAT DO I PRAY WHILE I'M FASTING?
WHAT CAN I DRINK WHILE FASTING?
HOW MANY DAYS SHOULD I FAST?
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I FAST?
WHAT IS FASTING?
FASTING - How and Why to Fast
Why Fast? Because, according to scripture, God hears your prayers when you fast.
Isaiah 58:4 -
"Behold, you fast for contention and strife and to strike with a wicked fist. You do not fast like you do today to make your voice heard on high.
I can tell you personally that for me, when I needed a miracle, Fasting was like "Bringing out the BIG GUNS" against Satan! Fasting, like persistence, is very powerful! But, make sure your prayers are lined up according to God's will during fasting.
There are a few different points to the above scripture if you read it and the verses that follow it, but for the immediate purpose, I will just point out only that, "When you fast, it makes your voice heard on high!" If you are in a crisis, If you need a miracle or answers to prayer, you will want your voice heard on high.
Don't misinterpret me. The greatest mistake that most Christians make, is that they are all looking for the "Magic formula" or the "Magic prayer". They want the one thing that they can do or some ritual they can perform that will make something instantly happen. (Sorry, that's called witchcraft)
There is no substitute for a personal relationship, or one on one time with God! Sorry, not even the Lords prayer! The Lords prayer was something Jesus gave to us to show us "How" to pray, not "What" to pray! God does not like repetitious prayer.
To fast or deny ourselves something such as food or sex, is to show reverence to God. (Putting him first) It puts us in the right spiritual frame of mind and gives us the right attitude to approach God and say: "Please help me in this area". And it works!
There is not a set amount of days that one should fast. Throughout the bible, different people fasted in different ways. (but they did it) Esther asked all the Jews in Susa, to fast for her, three days and three nights. She asked that they also not drink anything.
Esther 4:16 -
"Go, assemble all the Jews who are found in Susa, and fast for me; do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maidens also will fast in the same way. And thus I will go in to the king, which is not according to the law; and if I perish, I perish."
The Pharisee that Jesus spoke of fasted twice a week. Since Pharisee's were the very religious people of that time, we can assume that this was the acceptable amount of time in that day.
Luke 18:12 -
'I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.'
Another example was when all the sons of Israel fasted for only the best part of one day.
Judges 20:26 -
Then all the sons of Israel and all the people went up and came to Bethel and wept; thus they remained there before the LORD and fasted that day until evening. And they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.
Then there is the most famous example of fasting, when Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
Matthew 4:2 -
And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry.
As far as "fasting" there is no formula to follow. It is different for everyone. I once fasted for 30 to 40 days when I was going through a very difficult time. (I don’t recommend that, especially to anyone with health problems, without first consulting a doctor) Some people will fast for a day or simply skip a meal and consider it fasting. (and for them - it is)
HOW MANY DAYS SHOULD YOU FAST?
I once heard Pat Robertson say to have some broth. Personally, I drank any liquids that I wanted to while I was fasting. My best advice to you is, like giving, do what is in your heart to do. You might want to try it just for a day, then try two days...and so on. There are no particular days that are better than others. Again, do what is purposed in your heart to do. Then just talk to God!
Talk to him just like you would talk to anyone else. You don’t have to use a bunch of thee’s and thou’s. (God knows you don’t normally talk like that) I don’t know what your particular problems are, but lets pretend for a moment that your real life father was the richest man in the world and had all the political contacts you could imagine. If you went to him for help, how would you ask him? I recommend talking to God the same way.
WHAT TO DRINK WHILE FASTING
In ancient days, they used to wear sackcloth and throw ashes on themselves and even sleep in them. However, Jesus under the new covenant says quite the opposite.
Matthew 6:16 -
"Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.
Matthew 6:17 -
"But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face
Matthew 6:18 -
so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
Again - this is a personal thing between you and God. It's not about what "you" do or what people can see you doing, it's all about having a spiritual connection and being in the right frame of mind to talk to God so he will listen to you. (and he does!)
Is your problem spiritual or demonic? All the more reason to fast.
Matthew 17:21 -
["But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting."]
As I stated above, there is no magic prayer! However, fasting puts you in a position that God will hear your prayers. "Canned speeches don't work!". Neither do eloquent rehearsed prayers laced with allot of thee's and thou's! You speak with your mouth, but God hears your heart!
This isn't a high school or college essay and your not being graded! Your success doesn't depend on quality of literature, it depends on quantity and sincerity of personal communication with God. Talk to him normally, like you would talk to anyone else. This is something you can do anywhere at any time.
WHAT TO PRAY WHILE FASTING?
Actually the question is: "Would God lie to you?" If you really want to make fasting work for you, do it exactly as God instructed.
Isaiah 58:5 -
"Is it a fast like this which I choose, a day for a man to humble himself? Is it for bowing one's head like a reed And for spreading out sackcloth and ashes as a bed? Will you call this a fast, even an acceptable day to the LORD?
Isaiah 58:6 -
"Is this not the fast which I choose, To loosen the bonds of wickedness, To undo the bands of the yoke, And to let the oppressed go free And break every yoke?
Isaiah 58:7 -
"Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry And bring the homeless poor into the house; When you see the naked, to cover him; And not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
Isaiah 58:8 -
"Then your light will break out like the dawn, And your recovery will speedily spring forth; And your righteousness will go before you; The glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.
Isaiah 58:9 -
"Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; You will cry, and He will say, 'Here I am.' If you remove the yoke from your midst, The pointing of the finger and speaking wickedness,
Isaiah 58:10 -
And if you give yourself to the hungry And satisfy the desire of the afflicted, Then your light will rise in darkness And your gloom will become like midday.
Isaiah 58:11 -
"And the LORD will continually guide you, And satisfy your desire in scorched places, And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.
The magic words here are in
Isaiah 58:8 -
"And your recovery will speedily spring forth". What do "you" need recovery from? Failing marriage? Failing Health? Failing finances? Sure this does not appear to be easy, but there is a promise attached when you do it!
I'm not saying, if you don't follow the advice in scriptures
, your prayers will not be heard, but I am suggesting that you think of it as an insurance policy if you do. Why? Because it pleases God! Lets recap
and see what is pleasing to God
A day for a man to humble himself and bow his head
To loosen the bonds of wickedness, To undo the bands of the yoke (Captivity)
Too feed the hungry and give shelter and clothes to the poor
When you fast according to these three steps above, It does come with promises from God.
Your recovery will speedily spring forth and God will cover your back
God promises to answer quickly when you call
Your light will rise in darkness.
(If your ever in court being falsely accused, you'll then know what this means)
The Lord will continually guide you through future troubles
Joel 2:12 -
"Yet even now," declares the LORD, "Return to Me with all your heart, And with fasting, weeping and mourning;
Are you still wondering how to get a miracle? These principles not only worked for me, God has blessed me beyond measure! Why? Because I am so holy? Because I have led such a blameless, sinless life from birth? The answer is No, absolutely not! When I really needed God, I fell on my face, begged, pleaded, prayed, fasted and asked people to pray for me.
To put it short, I used Faith! One does not waste time praying to a God he doesn't believe exists! One does not beg, plead, fast etc.. if he doesn't believe that God is able and willing to help them
If you are doing these things, regardless of what you are thinking or what your mind is telling you, you "are" putting faith into action, and you are pleasing God! And among other things, this is how you get a miracle.
Dan Douglass (I Have Spoken)
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