If you want to supercharge your prayer life, try fasting. Fasting is prayer’s best friend forever! Fasting is simply the act of giving up something for a spiritual purpose. Throughout the Bible fasting involved food, but it could by applied to media or talking or interaction with others or any number of other ideas as long as the intention is to become more absorbed in spiritual activity.
Jesus sets the expectation that you will fast and gives specific instructions in Matthew 6:16-17. Fasting is a means to tune your heart to God. It increases the intensity and passion of your prayer life. It is an opportunity to remove distractions and focus fully on God and His plan for you. Here are a few thoughts that might help you fast today:
• Determine a set period of time. You might fast from sunup to sundown. You might fast for 24 hours. You might fast for one meal only. Be sure to do your research and even consult your physician if you decide to participate in a multi-day fast.
• Decide the type of fast. You might fast from all food and drink only water for a set period of time. You might do a partial fast where you eat smaller portions of food or eat only a few simple foods. A Daniel fast, for example, is based on Daniel 1:12 where Daniel ate only vegetables and drank only water.
• Partner your fast with prayer. Use the time you would typically spend preparing and eating a meal to pray. Allow the hunger pains through the day to remind you to pray.
• Avoid the temptation to eat. You will likely have a headache. You might be a little more on edge. You will want to devour a Big Mac, but don’t give in! Avoid the kitchen. Don’t grocery shop. Adjust your schedule. Be strategic to make the most of your fast.
Ultimately, fasting is a reminder that our sustenance and nourishment is not from earthly food, but comes from a heavenly source. Fasting is feeding your spirit by neglecting your flesh. Fasting allows you a distinct and unique way of relying on God as your source for all things. So join us today as part of the 28 Day Challenge, and let’s pray and fast for all that God wants to do in us and through us during this Christmas season!