Learning Resource Center - Fasting Tips

 

 

WARNING
If you are an expectant mother, diabetic and/or have a history of medical problems, or taking any medications, please consult your physician before beginning any type of fast.

Scriptural Foundations

"Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you."
- Matthew 6:1,16-18

Here is the way I want you to fast.you will call out to me for help and I will answer you. - Isaiah 58:6-9

 

Allow the Holy Sprit to use selected scriptures to guide you as you pray
The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity. - Proverbs 11:3

Prepare your own heart. Trust God to hear and answer your prayers
This is the confidence we have in approaching God, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask we know that we have what we asked of Him. - I John 5:14-15

Pray daily for the Bishop and church ministries
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. - Colossians 1:9

Pray for each member of our church family
But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is Godly for himself, the Lord will hear when I call unto him. - Psalm 4:3

Set your Objective
Through fasting and prayer we humble ourselves before God so the Holy Spirit will stir our souls, awaken our churches and heal our land according to.(II Chronicles 7:14)

Make your Commitment
Making a commitment ahead of time will help you sustain your fast when physical temptations and life's pressures tempt you to abandon it.

Prepare yourself Spiritually
The very foundation of fasting and prayer is repentance. Begin your time of fasting and prayer with an expectant heart. (Hebrews 11:6)

Prepare yourself Physically
Fasting requires reasonable precautions. Consult your physician first, especially if you take prescription medication. Some persons should never fast without professional supervision.

Put yourself on a Schedule
For maximum spiritual benefit, set aside ample time to be alone with the Lord. Listen for His leading. The more time you spend with Him, the more meaningful your fast will be.