The  goal  of  fasting  is  to  draw  nearer  to  God.  Biblical  fasting  always  has  to  do  with  eliminating  distractions  for  a spiritual  purpose;  it  hits  the  reset  button  of  our  soul  and  renews  us  from  the  inside  out.  It  also  enables  us  to celebrate  the  goodness  and  mercy  of  God  and  prepares  our  hearts  for  all  the  good  things  God  desires  to  bring  into our  lives.  Remember,  your  personal  fast  should  present  a  level  of  challenge,  but  it  is  very  important  to  know  your body,  your  options,  and,  most  importantly,  to  seek  God  in  prayer  and  follow  what  the  Holy  Spirit  leads  you  to  do.

Types of Fasting 

Complete Fast* 

In  this  type  of  fast,  you  drink  only  liquids,  typically  water with  light  juices  as  an  option.

Selective Fast*

This  type  of  fast  involves  removing  certain  elements from  your  diet.  One  example  of  a  selective  fast  is  the Daniel  Fast,  during  which  you  remove  meat,  sweets,  and bread  from  your  diet  and  consume  water  and  juice  for fluids  and  fruits  and  vegetables  for  food.

Partial Fast

This  fast  is  sometimes  called  the  “Jewish  Fast”  and involves  abstaining  from  eating  any  type  of  food  in  the morning  and  afternoon.  This  can  either  correlate  to specific  times  of  the  day,  such  as  6:00 am  to  3:00 pm,  or from  sunup  to  sundown.

Soul Fast

This  fast  is  a  great  option  if  you  do  not  have  much experience  fasting  food,  have  health  issues  that  prevent you  from  fasting  food,  or  if  you  wish  to  refocus  certain areas  of  your  life  that  are  out  of  balance.  For  example, you  might  choose  to  stop  using  social  media  or  watching  television  for  the  duration  of  the  fast  and  then carefully  bring  that  element  back  into  your  life  in  healthy  doses  at  the  conclusion  of  the  fast.

Timing of a Fast

At  New Life,  we  encourage  fasting  for  21  days  each  year.  This  is  part  of  21  Days  of  Prayer  and  Fasting,  a season  of  focused  prayer  as  a  church  family.  You  may also  choose  to  fast  at  other  times  during  the  year  for your  own  spiritual  development.  It’s  very  typical  to  fast  a single  meal,  a  whole  day,  or  three  days  or  more.  The timing  of  your  fast  is  not  as  important  as  the  strength  of your  focus  on  God  as  you  fast.

*Please  consult  your  doctor  before  committing  to  a Complete  or  Selective  fast  if  you  have  a  health  condition or  concerns

Scripture References 

Matthew  6:16-18
Matthew  9:14-15
Luke  18:9-14
Acts  27:33-37
Nehemiah  9:1-3

A Commonsense Guide to Fasting

Kenneth E. Hagin

Fasting 101 Questions

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Daniels Fast Resources 

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7 Steps to Successful Fasting and Prayer

Dr. Bill Bright