Some helpful resources on fasting
Fasting, as foreign as it might be to our culture, ought to be a lifestyle for all disciples of Jesus. Fasting humbles us (Ps. 69:10), awakens spiritual hunger (1 Cor. 6:12, Phil. 3:19, Phil. 3:8), empowers prayer (Ezra 8:23, Joel 2:12, Jonah 3:10), and breaks through demonic powers (Dan. 10, Matt. 17:19-21).
Fasting is foremost a Biblical practice: Moses, David, Elijah, Daniel, Esther, Hannah, and Anna all gave themselves to fasting (Dan. 10, Jonah 3, 2 Chron. 20, 1 Kings 19). Fasting was also a practice found throughout Church history. The early church fasted twice a week, along with others like John Wesley, George Whitefield, Luther, Knox, Brainerd. Our fathers of the faith were all joined in fasting. Most significantly, our Lord Jesus Himself gave the command to His disciples, not "if" you fast, but "when" you fast (Matt. 6:16-18). Before He began the most explosive ministry the world had ever seen (the Original Jesus Movement), Our Lord Himself was first impelled into the wilderness to fast and pray for forty days.
So it is true in our day. Before there can be any Jesus Movement, there must come first the Jesus Fast.
40-DAY FAST SUGGESTIONS
- Daniel Fast: "no tasty foods" (no meats, no sweets)
*MOST RECOMMENDED FOR STUDENTS*
- Liquid Fast: no solids (soups, juices, smoothies, etc.)
- Juice Fast: clear liquids (vegetable juice; sugary fruit juices not advised)
- Water Fast: no food, only water (Please consult medical and spiritual advice before proceeding)
- Media Fast: no movies, YouTube, etc. (Ps. 101:3)
- Social Media Fast: no FB, no Instagram, no Twitter, etc.
40 DAY DEVOTIONAL
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The following are trusted resources on Fasting and Prayer from across the Body of Christ (all Free!).