What’s the purpose of Prayer & fasting?
The purpose of prayer and fasting is to draw nearer to God, spending more time in prayer and devotion to God and less time on our eating or other regular habits. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out. It also enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all the good things God desires to bring into our lives.
What does the bible say about prayer & fasting?
Matthew 6:16-18, Matthew 9:14-15, Luke 18:9-14, Acts 27:33-37, Nehemiah 9:1-3
Are there different kinds of fasts?
COMPLETE FAST – Drinking only liquids, typically water, with light juices as an option.
PARTIAL FAST – Sometimes called the Jewish Fast, a partial fast involves abstaining from eating any type of food in the morning and afternoon. This can either correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6:00 am to 3:00 pm or from sunup to sundown.
SELECTIVE FAST – Removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets or bread from your diet.
SOUL FAST – This fast is a great option if you do not have much experience fasting food, have health issues that prevent you from fasting food, or if you wish to refocus certain areas of your life that are out of balance. For example, you might choose to stop using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast and then carefully bring that element back into your life in healthy doses at the conclusion of the fast.
Remember, your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your body, your options, and most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.
We recommend consulting with your physician before beginning any type of fast.