Fasting in March

Skip one meal (or snack time) each day of March.

Prayer Focus: Romans 14:17-18

We must diligently feed on God’s Word. Sometimes the best thing we can possibly do is starve our flesh and feed our spirit through fasting and reading God’s Word.

What is Fasting? The Webster Dictionary defines fasting as “to eat sparingly or abstain from food.” A fast can be interpreted many ways. It usually involves giving up particular foods and drinks for an extended period of time. (See Daniel, chapters 1 and 10) Fasting is not giving up television, radio, computer games, surfing the internet, or other events and things. It is good to put those things down for a time of consecration if they are interfering with your prayer life, with your study of God’s Word, or you’re ministering to the needs of others, but technically, that is not fasting. Fasting is a sacrifice- giving up food, seeking God, and studying His Word. Everywhere that it mentions fasting in the Bible, it talks about giving up food and praying, not giving up material things.

In Matthew 6, Jesus provided the pattern by which each of us is to live as a child of God. The pattern addressed three specific duties of a Christian: giving, praying, and fasting. He made it clear that fasting, like giving and praying, was a normal part of Christian life. When giving, praying, and fasting are practiced together in the life of a believer, it creates a type of threefold cord that is not easily broken. (Read Matthew 6:1-8 and 17:14-21)

The more serious you are about the fast, the more seriously God will respond. Your heart has to be in the fast, and when your heart is in it, there will come a fellowship with God like you have never known before. When we fast, we submit our bodies to God.

Question: Could we be missing our greatest breakthrough be cause we fail to fast?

Here are some times when you should fast:
1. To seek God’s favor in the time of crisis, when there is trouble in your life (Read Esther 4 and 5)
2. To receive focus or clarity from God, to get a breakthrough, or to gain understanding of a dream or vision (Read Daniel 10:2-3 and Habakkuk 2:3)
3. For self-examination and consecration, for a spiritual checkup, to draw closer to God (Read Jeremiah 36:6)
4. Before going into a battle: expanding your business, getting a promotion, or any new initiative (Read Judges 20)
5. Intercession: to lift God’s judgment from someone else’s life (Read 1 Kings 21:20-29)
6. For healing (Read Isaiah 58:6-9)
7. To have dominion and authority, to make you tough in the spirit, to take away fear (Read Matthew 4)

Helpful Tips While fasting:

*While fasting, refrain from critical speaking, spreading negative words about or to anyone else.
*Limit how much TV you watch and how much time you spend on things that are distracting.
*Have your favorite worship music available and spend time worshiping God
*Establish some form of accountability with someone else who is fasting or a prayer partner.
*Stay prayed up because Satan hates when you fast, and he will try to attack you.

(Excerpts from “Fasting” by Jentezen Franklin)