THE POWER OF FASTING
There are 2 different types of fasting recorded in the bible.
Private fasts and public fasts.
God will bless you financially and heal your body as you fast and pray.
Different lengths of fasts in the bible
1 day – 3 days – 21 days – 40 days
Jesus taught his disciples to fast.
Mark 2:18 And John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting; and they came and said to Him, “Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?” 19 And Jesus said to them, “While the bridegroom is with them, the attendants of the bridegroom do not fast, do they? So long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. 20 “But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day.
There are many times when we should fast. One is at the beginning of the year.
Luke 4:1 And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led about by the Spirit in the wilderness 2. for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And He ate nothing during those days; and when they had ended, He became hungry.
The important thing to know is that as you fast unto the Lord he will bless you.
THERE ARE 3 IMPORTANT THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND AS WE PREPARE TO FAST
1. It is important that as we enter this fast we do it in humility before God, asking for forgiveness of sins.
2. Always remember victory comes after the fast not during.
Luke 4:14 And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit; and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district.
3. During the fast we are to pray and desire the gifts of the Spirit.
1 Cor. 12:31 But earnestly desire the greater gifts.
1 Cor. 14:1 Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.
Luke 21:29 And He told them a parable: “Behold the fig tree and all the trees; 30 as soon as they put forth leaves, you see it and know for yourselves that summer is now near. 31 “Even so you, too, when you see these things happening, recognize that the kingdom of God is near. 32 “Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all things take place. 33 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. 34 “Be on guard, that your hearts may not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day come on you suddenly like a trap;
KJV (surfeiting) – gluttony – overeating
NJB (debauchery) Excessive indulgence of the appetites; especially, excessive indulgence of lust; intemperance; sensuality; habitual lewdness.
Hearing the voice of God and direction is the most valuable thing you can have.
Understand there are 4 desires that greatly motivate people.
The desire for food, for sex, for money and the supernatural
CEV Luke 21:34 Don’t spend all of your time thinking about eating or drinking or worrying about life. If you do, the final day will suddenly catch you.
One of the things that begins to happen when you fast is that God gets a hold of your desires and he breaks down the idols.
FASTING IS POSITIONING ONESELF TO RELEASE GOD’S SUPERNATURAL POWER.