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Fasting Information Sheet

Fasting Defined

The essence of a fast is self-denial in order to focus     on God. Traditionally this has been the decision not to eat food for a certain length of time so that we can set aside time to pray.

A broader definition of fasting includes voluntarily “fasting” from certain foods, choosing a simple diet or even choosing not to watch television, or certain other activities.

Time and concentration normally directed toward meal planning, preparation and consumption is freed up to focus on God. Our hunger reveals our attachment to food and other things that control us. As we humbly come to grips with the “stuff” God surfaces in our lives, we hear Him more clearly.

Since our spirit and bodies are interconnected, the benefits go beyond the spiritual realm. From both the scriptural and the scientific point of view, we can have confidence that fasting is not harmful, but rather beneficial when properly carried out.

Examples of Fasting

Nehemiah, David, Jesus, Anna, Paul and Barnabas participated in normal fasts, abstaining from all food but not water. Daniel entered into a partial fast, restricting his diet without total abstention. Queen Esther chose an absolute fast, avoiding all food and water for three days. Moses and Elijah experienced supernatural fasts, eating no bread and drinking no water for 40 days and nights.

Motives Matter Most

What matters more than the duration or the type of fast is the heart behind it. The prophet Isaiah rebuked the house of Jacob for going through the outward motions of fasting without sincerity. Jesus re-emphasized motives in Matthew 6. When – not if – they fasted, God was the one who would see and reward them.

Health Concerns

If you have a medical condition, it is important that you check with your doctor before fasting. It is essential to keep up water intake, whatever type of fast you choose.

Children who want to fast must be very carefully supervised. Watch fluid intake and exercise levels. During a school week, a full fast of all food would be unwise. Maybe they could choose to skip dessert or one meal a day. Since the motive is important, it must be voluntary. We cannot impose a fast on other family members. We need to respect the choices of each other.

Some Types of Fast

Our 14 Days of Prayer and Fasting at Hope City Church starts on Sunday, March 12th and ends on Saturday March 25th 2017.

You could choose one of the following options or create your own “fast”.

  1. Eat no food, but have fluids (water and juices)
  2. Eat only simple meals all week – no rich foods
  3. Choose to skip one meal each day – eg breakfast or lunch or dinner
  4. Eat no desserts
  5. Cut out a favourite drink or food
  6. Eat no food for one day of the week
  7. Watch no television
  8. Your idea ……….

*******Remember to keep up fluids*******

Public Prayer

Come and join us in prayer & worship each Tuesday evening at Grovely State School between 7:00 to 8:00pm.

Why not try it?

Why not skip a meal and direct your hunger toward God?