Understanding Fasting

What is Fasting?
• It is the abstaining of things for the benefit of God’s power to change situations.

Why do we fast?
• The spiritual principle of giving up something for the sake of something better is common knowledge in the history of mankind. The act of sacrifice is worship, that draws the favor of God into your life and situation.

How does it make a difference?
• In marriage there is submission that is forced and there is submission that comes from the heart. Fasting calls upon God’s power like a soldier in battle calling for air cover or artillery. The power of God by fasting changes hearts so there is willingness in another person to follow the way of God.

What should I abstain from while fasting?
• You can abstain from one or more of the following and not limited to this list. The idea is the more you give up, the greater the outpouring of power after the fast is over.
• Single food item or multiple.
• Television
• News and Entertainment
• Social Media
• Hobbies

How long should I fast for?
• You should fast multiple times until you see the desired result.
• A good starter strategy is to fast for about 3 days every other week until you see the desired results. This way you do not burn out while trying to fast multiple weeks in a row.
• Fasts can vary from one day, weeks, months, or a year. It all depends on what kind of breakthrough you are looking for.

What should I fast for?
• The ways of God in your family.
• Relational health in marriage.
• Breaking the power of sin.
• Order in your workplace.
• Another person’s spiritual health or salvation.

Power for Breakthrough
One of the three desires God has for fasting is breakthrough power. When we fast it causes things that were seemingly closed or too difficult to change, to be opened up. The prophet Isaiah uses symbolic language to help us understand this in 4 descriptive words. These words are “to loose”, “to undo”, “go free”, and “break”. These are powerful words which help us understand that we can count on fasting to bring change for our situations.

Isaiah 58:6 – “Is this not the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke?”

Another great example is when Jesus fasted and was tempted in the desert. Right after the fast was over, we see in the book of Luke that He had power in the Spirit. Instead of just mentioning that Jesus returned to Galilee, Luke makes it clear there was a difference and that unlike before, there was now power. It was after this the public ministry of Jesus began.

Luke 4:14a “Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee”