WHAT IS FASTING
Fasting is abstaining from food for spiritual purposes. Fasting is a spiritual discipline that is taught in the Bible. Jesus expected His followers to fast, and He said that God rewards fasting. Fasting, according to the Bible, means to voluntarily reduce or eliminate your intake of food for a specific time and purpose.
According to the Bible, there are three duties of every Christian: give, pray and fast.
Jesus says that fasting - like prayer and giving - grows your relationship with God. If practiced with humility, fasting will increase your sensitivity to God's voice and allow you to connect more deeply with God's work within and around you.
Biblical fasting takes a lot of discipline and strength—strength which you can only receive from God. Your private discipline will bring you rewards in Heaven, says Matthew 6. When you give God your first through fasting, prayer and giving at the beginning of the year, you set the course for the entire year.
SOME SPIRITUAL REASONS & BENEFITS OF FASTING:
To obtain supernatural protection and provision (Ezra 8:21-23)
THE IMPORTANCE OF FASTING
Often in the Bible, God's people fasted immediately before a major victory, miracle, or answer to prayer. It prepared them for a blessing!
• Moses fasted before he received the Ten Commandments.
"Moses was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights without eating bread or drinking water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant--the Ten Commandments." Exodus 34:28 (NIV)
• The Israelites fasted before a miraculous victory.
"Some men came and told Jehoshaphat, "A vast army is coming against you from Edom, from the other side of the Sea. It is already in Hazazon Tamar" (that is, En Gedi). Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah." 2 Chronicles 20:2-3(NIV)
• Daniel fasted in order to receive guidance from God.
"So, I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes." Daniel 9:3(NIV)
"While I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice. He instructed me and said to me, 'Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding.” Daniel 9:21-22 (NIV)
• Nehemiah fasted before beginning a major building project.
"When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven." Nehemiah 1:4 (NIV)
• Jesus fasted during His victory over temptation.
"For forty wilderness days and nights he was tested by the Devil. He ate nothing during those days, and when the time was up he was hungry." Luke 4:2 (Msg)
• The first Christians fasted during-decision making times.
"While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, 'Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.' So, after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off." Acts 13:2-3 (NIV)
What You Can Eat & Drink While Fasting
Fish/Chicken, Fruits & Vegetables, Water
Can’t Have: Fried Foods, Canned Fruits, No Condiments
Can Have: Only 3 Tablespoons Salad Dressing, & 100% lemon Juice
Week One January 11th –17th
Fasting Time: 7pm - 7am Daily
Eating Time:7am - 7pm – 6pm Daily
Drinking Time: Anytime
Drink: Water 8/10 8oz Glasses minimum per day
Fasting Time: 7pm - 11am
Eating Time: 11am - 7pm daily
Drinking Time: Anytime
Drink: Water 12/14 8oz Glasses minimum per day
Fasting Time: 7pm-12pm (noon)
Eating Time: 12pm - 7pm daily (noon)
Drinking Time: Anytime
Drink: Water 14/16 8oz Glasses minimum per day
Artichoke, Arugula, Asparagus - Green, Purple, White, Avocado, Bean Sprouts, Beans, Beet, Bell Peppers, Bitter Melon/Bitter Gourd, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Celery, Chayote, Corn/Maize (Baby Corn/Candle Corn), Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Ginger, Green Beans, String Beans, Snap Beans, Wax Beans, Greens (Collard Greens, Kale, Mustard Greens, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Turnip Greens), Horseradish, Artichokes, Lemongrass, Lettuce, Butterhead-Bibb, Boston, Romaine, Iceberg, Green Leaf, Red Leaf, Mushrooms, Okra, Olive, Onion, Green Onions, Scallions, Parsley, Peas - Green Peas, Snow Peas, Sugar Snap Peas, Peppers, Potatoes, Radish, Rutabaga, Spinach, Squash-Sweet Potato, Tomato, Turnip, Water Chestnut, Yams, Zucchini.
Apples, Apricots, Bananas, Blackberries, Blueberries, Boysenberries, Cantaloupe, Cherries, Cranberries, Figs, Grapefruit, Grapes, Guava, Honeydew Melon, Kiwi, Lemons, Limes, Mangoes, Nectarines, Oranges, Papayas, Peaches, Pears, Pineapples, Plums, Prunes, Raisins, Raspberries, Strawberries, Tangelos, Tangerines, Watermelon.
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