I am so excited that you have made a commitment to fast with us as we enter into a corporate 21 day fast. I believe the results will speak for themselves as we set aside time to seek God, not only for us, but also on behalf of others.
I believe the discipline of fasting releases the blessing, favor and anointing of God in the life of a Christian.
Here are a few HELPS we have put together to help you understand fasting. It's amazing the amount of illustrations, examples, benefits, rewards, victories there are in God's word when it comes to HIS people seeking Him through fasting & Prayer. Fasting is truly an opportunity for us to see our lives take on new meaning and purpose, as we begin to discover those things, which God desires to release into your life.
Jentezen Franklin (in his book FASTING- opening the door to a deeper, more intimate, more powerful relationship with God)- makes this quote.
'There are dimensions of our glorious Lord that will never be revealed to the casual, disinterested worshipper. There are walls of intercession that will never be scaled by dispassionate religious services, but when you take steps to break out of the ordinary and worship HIM as He deserves, you'll begin to see facets of His being you never knew existed. He'll begin to share secrets with you about Himself, His plans, and His desires for you. When you worship God as He deserves, He is magnified.'
Now when we read of God sharing secrets- it's NOT in the sense of Him desiring to hide things (or keep things hidden from us)...but in the sense of God placing certain things out of reach (on a higher shelf), protecting us from those things until we are spiritually ready and in the right place to receive them.
What is FASTING?
Fasting is simply- Refraining from something for a spiritual purpose.
There are so many misconceptions in regards to fasting that often cause many to shy away from entering into a fast. its not just doing without food, thats called starving yourself; and it's not just something done by fanatics.
-Fasting has always been a part of a normal relationship with God. it is a means to bring that individual into a deeper, more intimate and powerful relationship with God. When you eliminate food from your diet for a number of days, your spirit becomes uncluttered by the things of this world and amazingly sensitive to the things of God.
-Fasting is a new level of intimacy that when experienced will change your perspective as you begin to see God working in and upon your life.
-Fasting is a time where you tell God- 'YOU ARE JUST THAT MORE IMPORTANT TO ME! MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD.'
-Fasting is a time when once again we can prioritize our lives....this time the correct way.
-Fasting is when we realize that there is a secret source of power that can be found through times of sacrifice.
Points to consider as you prepare to fast-
1- What are my motives?
Why am I doing this? It has to be more than Pastor said so, or I want to lose some weight. What is it that I want to see at the other end of this fast? What am I believing for in regards to my life?
2- What is my BUCKET LIST?
What am I fasting for? I believe it's a good thing to be specific in your fast. Perhaps it's finances, for your children, your marriage, to find a spouse, for direction, for deliverance....be specific with God.
3- What is my plan for God?
How am I going to spend time with God during this fast? Fasting is a tool we use to empty our lives- where prayer is what we use to FILL our lives. it's important to set time aside each day to SEEK GOD.
What should I expect on the FAST?
As your body begins to empty itself of toxins, you will feel the effects. many can sustain headaches (usually these go away after a couple of days). You may feel sluggish and tired as your body craves those things you are depriving it from.
Fasting has been described as being a spring cleaning for the body. It is actually very healthy and can be the means of producing physical healings. These healings have been documented by professionals and range anywhere from stress related skin diseases to heart diseases. One doctor called fasting- A ROYAL ROAD TO HEALING.
Whenever you begin to fast remember-
-If it doesn't mean anything to you...it won't mean anything to God. Fasting involves a time of sacrifice.
-Without being combined with prayer and the WORD- fasting is little more than dieting. PLUS- Worship is such a powerful tool to use.
-Drink plenty of water at least one gallon a day. This will help flush your body form toxins
-Keep focussed on your goals, there are going to be times where you can't feel God, never mind hear him- remain focussed and continue the journey.
Let me encourage you to be a part of this awesome 21 days that we believe will change your life forever! Doing without anything is not going to be easy but when you focus on what your are REPLACING those things with sure can help! Keep looking towards those goals and believing God to produce miraculous breakthroughs. Remember you are not in this alone, but there are others joining with you believing for God to move.
When we fast, we are seriously seeking God's face. fasting disrupts business as usual. Is that what you're looking for? Are you desperate for God to do something in you that he has never done before? Are you tired of business as usual?
Get ready for 21 days that will change your life!