Why should anyone fast?
Fasting prepares you to do the work God created you to do for His glory. Dr. Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, listed several reasons to fast in his book, Why You Should Fast.
- Fasting was an expected practice in both the Old and New Testament eras. For example, Moses fasted for at least two recorded 40-day periods. Jesus fasted 40 days and reminded His followers to fast. He said, “When you fast,” not, “If you fast” (Matthew 6:16).
- Fasting and prayer can restore the loss of your “first love” for the Lord (Revelation 2:4) and result in a more intimate relationship with Christ.
- Fasting is a biblical way to truly humble yourself in the sight of God (Ezra 8:21). King David said, “I … humbled myself with fasting” (Psalm 35:13, New International Version).
- Fasting enables the Holy Spirit to reveal your true spiritual condition, resulting in brokenness, repentance and a transformed life.
- Through fasting, the Holy Spirit will imprint God’s Word deeper on your heart, and His truth will become more meaningful to you.
- Fasting can transform your prayer life into a richer and more personal experience.
- Fasting can result in a dynamic personal revival and make you a channel of life change to others.
What will our fast look like?
- We fast one Saturday a month
- The 24-hour fast consists of water only. Don’t let that frighten you. It can be scary to think about going without food for 24 hours but remember you will be feasting on God’s Word, so rely on Him to sustain you during the fast. If there are health concerns, people can modify the fast and still participate, so consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet.
- We fast from noon on the designated Saturday until after the morning service on Sunday. We will allow ourselves to be hungry for the things of God; therefore, we will FEAST on the spiritual food provided through the preached Word before filling our stomachs with physical food.
- We should enter the fast expecting to hear from God and see the manifestations of His power work in us, through us, and around us during and after the fast.