Fasting

Photo by Jeriel Jella

Photo by Jeriel Jella

Fasting for spiritual reasons usually involves abstaining from all food, eating very little food, or avoiding specific types of food for a predetermined length of time.

In the Old Covenant, there were specific days set aside for fasting.

Jesus began His ministry by observing a 40 day fast. Prior to the fast, he was “filled with the Holy Spirit” according to Luke 4:1.

Following the time of fasting, “…Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit” as recorded in Luke 4:14.

7 Links to Articles on Fasting:

7 Books on fasting:

13 Things to Fast:

  • All food and drink – Total fast
  • All food, drinking only water – Water only fast
  • All food, drinking juice and water – Juice only fast
  • All food except fruits and vegetables (Sometimes called a Daniel fast)
  • All meat
  • Red meat
  • Specific types of food or ingredients such as sugar, caffeine, desserts, chocolate, treats, soft drinks, alcohol, etc.
  • Eating out, fast food, etc.
  • Total media fast (television, movies, secular music) including online activities – blogging, social networking, etc. Could also include all reading material other than the Bible
  • Secular television, movies, and music
  • Unnecessary online activities
  • Social networking i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, instant messaging, chat rooms, forums
  • Shopping for non-essentials
12 Benefits of Fasting

Based on Isaiah 58 as listed in The Hidden Power of Prayer and Fasting by Mahesh Chavdah (page 40)

  • Revelation
  • Healing and wholeness
  • Righteousness
  • The presence of the shekinah glory of God
  • Answered prayers
  • Continual guidance
  • Contentment
  • Refreshing
  • Strength
  • Work that endures (like an ever-flowing spring)
  • Raising up of future generations
  • Restoration

Starting the year with a fast has grown in popularity over the past few years. Websites, books, cookbooks, and blogs devoted to Daniel fasting have proliferated.

Is your fellowship participating in a joint Daniel fast (or other type of fast) to begin the New Year?