Friday, August 24, 2012

Practical Guidelines on Fasting

This is the last in a three-part series about the guidelines for prayer and fasting. These are modified from Rick Shepherd's, Seeking God. To read part one go here and part two here.

HOW IS A FAST TO BE DONE?

First of all, the heart attitude and motive must be right. Fasting is directed to the Lord, not to the people (Matthew 6:16-18).

Secondly, let the Lord lead you as to the timing and length of a fast. Remember, it is the heart attitude. We can't go on a "holy hunger strike" and expect the Lord to "give in" to our desires.

Thirdly, here are some PRACTICAL Guidelines:

  • Keep your focus on the Lord, trusting him in the situation and need.
  • Stay in the attitude of prayer throughout the day. Set aside specific times for prayer and pray often.
  • Read Scripture much during your time of prayer and fasting. Remember that prayer is as much listening as talking.
  • Write down specific requests in a journal, also record any insight given.
  • Concerning meals, skipping one, two, or three meals is a normal fast. Some may choose to do two or three days. Drink plenty of liquids.
  • For those on medication, be cautious and get medical approval before fasting.
  • Some are not able to fast due to physical condition. Remember the Lord may lead you to fast from certain foods for a time.
  • Sometimes there may be a little dizziness, headache, or nausea from not eating. Do not be alarmed. Remember to drink plenty of liquids and it helps to eat fruit when the fast is finished.

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