How do I fast?

To make sure you are not simply giving up eating, set aside intentional time to focus on God. Read scripture and pray during the time you would normally be eating or preparing food.


Some people have medical issues that prohibit them from fasting from food. Ask the Lord if there is another way in which you can fast. Maybe, fast from social media or streaming tv shows and use that time to pray and read God's word.


Types of Fasts


Full Fast: Drink only liquids (you establish the number of days).

Daniel Fast: Eat no meat, no sweets, and no bread. Drink water and juice. Eat fruits and vegetables (21 Days).

Intermittent or Partial Fast: Limit the hours of the day when you eat. A partial fast can be 6:00am-3:00pm, from sunup to sundown, or from 8:00pm to 12:00pm the next day. You can select from three types of fasting—a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or giving up at least one item of food (21 Days).

Media Fast: Eliminate any choice of media influence–television, movies, Internet, gaming systems, cell phones, etc. or some other regular enjoyment that would bend your heart toward greater enjoyment of Jesus (21 Days).


Practical Tips for Fasting:


1. Start slow. If you’ve never fasted before, begin with just one meal.

2. Continue to drink water to stay hydrated. While some individuals in the Bible fasted from both food and water, this choice can be dangerous if you’re not experienced with fasting or haven’t consulted a medical professional.

3. If you’re accustomed to drinking caffeine, don’t stop suddenly. Decrease your intake for a few days before you begin your fast or you may have headaches.

4. Don’t overeat before or after your fast. Eat smaller, healthier meals before and after.

5. Tell only people that you must, but try to be considerate of others in your schedule if you fast (Remember Matthew 6:16-18).

6. Make a firm, prayerful commitment before you begin that you can remember while you’re fasting. Your commitment to fast is between you and God, so be sure to make a sincere, wholehearted commitment. 

7. Consciously reflect on Scripture and your experience. Your physical response will often reveal spiritual truths. Write these down so you can reflect on how you heard from God and what He said.


Prayer Walk

As you prayerwalk, your prayers extend beyond your own concerns, focusing directly on the needs of others and opening yourself to see them with God’s eyes and heart.


If you are in a Neighborhood...

Pray for the families that live in the house you pass.
Pray that they know Jesus or will come to know him soon.
Pray that the Lord would keep the enemy from prevailing in these homes and that these families will overcome the situations they are in.
If you see for sale signs, pray that the Lord will bring someone to this neighborhood who will be a light for the people on this street.


If you pass a local school

Pray for the students.

Pray for the teachers, administration, and other employees.

Pray that the Lord will rise up leaders for our city who honor Him.


If you pass places of business
Pray for the employers and employees that they know Jesus and will walk in his ways.

If you pass city entities...
Pray for our city officials as they lead and make decision that affect us on the local level.
Pray for our first responders.

If you pass other Churches...
Pray for their leadership.
Pray that they remain faithful to the Word of God.
Pray that this local body of believers will grow in discipleship and make disciples.

 


Pray with Purpose.

  • Pray for the present-hour needs of people and places that you see.
  • Pray quietly or aloud.
  • If asked, explain: “We’re praying God’s blessing on the neighborhood. And ask if there specific ways we can pray for you or others?"
  • Be persistent. You’ll often find that your prayers deepen and your concern and awareness of God’s heart for people increases.


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