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.


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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