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.