Fasting & Prayer
THROUGH FASTING & PRAYER THE HOLY SPIRIT
What is Fasting
Fasting is the deliberate abstinence from some form of physical gratification, for a period of time, in order to achieve a greater spiritual goal. Fasting usually involves setting aside food, but we can fast from any physical appetite, including sex within marriage (only if spouses are in agreement), television, Internet, social media, etc. The idea is to devote the time we would ordinarily spend on these activities to prayer and worship before the Lord.
Here are some common elements to fasting in scripture:
Humility – Then I proclaimed a fast . . . that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from Him. (Ezra 8:21)
Prayer – So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer. (Ezra 8:23)
Praise & Worship – They sat there before the Lord and fasted that day until evening, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord. (Judges 20:26)
Abstinence from physical gratification – Let neither man nor beast, heard nor flock, taste anything. Let them not feed or drink water . . . and let them call out mightily to God. (Jonah 3:7-8)
Fasting is a way of prostrating ourselves before God. As we say no to fleshly gratifications and “then you will call, and the LORD will answer; You will cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’ (Isaiah 58:9)
Note: This fast is not required and neither expected of IRMinistries members or anyone else who may want to participate. The fast is completely voluntary. We ask that all who choose to participate should seek the advice of their physician/healthcare provider before participating in this fast. The 21 day fast is not required, and participants may stop at any time during the fast.
*If you have a medical condition, are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should consult with your doctor before trying intermittent fasting. If you are underweight or have a history of eating disorders, you should not fast without consulting with a health professional first.
This is particularly important if you:
Have problems with blood sugar regulation.
Have low blood pressure.
Have a history of eating disorders.
Are a woman who is trying to conceive.
Are a woman with a history of amenorrhea.
Are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Remember: Biblical fasting takes a lot of discipline and strength—strength which you can only receive from God. In the book of Matthew, the bible speaks concerning how private discipline brings you rewards in Heaven.
Over the next 21 days you will undoubtedly discover some amazing benefits of fasting. As God blesses your life, we encourage you to write down your prayers and experiences. Praise God for the renewed relationship you have with Him and for the works He is doing in your life. Prepare to experience the power of a refreshed perspective for the things He has in store for your life in 2021!