Fasting can be done in various types and forms. There are no holier and less holier fasts. It is what is suitable for your given situation. The goal is that we seek the Lord and put our focus on him and are placed in the state of need of him. The simpler it is to implement the fast the better because the goal isn’t about what you eat or don’t eat; its about taking extra time to pray and focus. It’s also not about doing the minimum to scrape by the fasting time and counting down the time till you are done.
Fasting must have a purpose. If we don’t have a purpose to our fasts we are just going hungry. The most common purposes are to seek the Lord for breakthrough or answers in an area of your life. To strip back everything and hear what he is saying for the upcoming year. Or even just to refocus and redidicate your self to him and to reset bad habits.
This journey is between you and God. As scripture says its not about showing others, it’s about what we do when nobody is around. If you reach a stage where you have all that you set out to accomplish great! Keep seeking the Lord and taking time for him. But if you find the purpose of your fast is complete feel free to stop fasting. This time is a great opportunity to grow in the discipline of prayer and fasting not about being legalistic.
Knowing this we would really encourage you to take this time of fasting to hear what the Lord is saying and lets encourage each other by sharing what God is doing during this time!
Types of Fasts
Here you can see all the main types of fasting. Please take these as guides and seek the lord on what you find suitable to your given situation. This is a personal journey between you the Lord. Its about sticking to what you dedicate to him. Fasting is also a discipline to grow in. So it is okay to do it differently to the people around you.
Below we have a 5 day fasting devotional guide for anyone who would like a guide or direction for this fast.
This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, and bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.
In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water and/or tea with light juices as an extra option.
This fast is sometimes called the “Jewish Fast” and 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.
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.
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