Faith First House of Hope – Corporate Fast Guidelines
21 Days of Prayer

 

 

II Chronicles 7:14 – “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

TIPS FOR AN EFFECTIVE TIME OF FASTING:

1. How to Begin:
Start with a clear goal. Be specific. Why are you fasting? Do you need direction, healing, restoration of marriage or family issues? Are you facing financial difficulties? Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. Pray daily and read the Bible.

2. Prepare Spiritually:   Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal areas of weakness.  Abandon your own way in favor of choosing God’s way, wherever needed (repentance). Forgive all who have offended you and ask forgiveness from those you may have offended (Mark 11:25; Luke 11:4; 17:3-4). Surrender your life fully to Jesus Christ and reject the worldly desires that try to hinder you (Romans 12:1-2). 

3. Familiarize Yourself with the Corporate Guidelines: Take the time to understand the corporate guidelines and determine how your normal routines may be impacted by your commitment to fast.  Plan ahead to ensure that you are not violating the guidelines unknowingly. 

4. Understand that Fasting is for YOUR Benefit, So Do it with GRACE: “Cheating” on a fast only hinders your spiritual progress and potentially limits your expected results.  So, be honest with yourself and commit to as much of the fasting guidelines as you are able to handle.  Fasting is

PERSONAL.

Don’t allow others to put you into bondage and also refrain from judging the commitment of those around you by your spiritual standard.  If you have a special occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc.) that falls during the time of the fast, it is acceptable to adjust your eating for that day and resume your fasting commitment afterwards, if you so choose.  Also, the purpose of fasting is to discipline your flesh, not to leave you miserable or ill.  Therefore, please feel free to altar the guidelines according to your tolerance and add a healthy snack if necessary at any point to take the edge off. 

5. What to Expect:
When you fast, your body detoxifies, eliminating toxins from your system. This can cause mild discomfort such as headaches and irritability during withdrawal from caffeine and sugars. And naturally, you will have hunger pains. Limit your activity and exercise moderately. Take time to rest. Fasting brings about miraculous results. You are following Jesus’ example when you fast. Spend time listening to praise and worship. Pray as often as you can throughout the day. Get away from the normal distractions as much as possible and keep your heart and mind set on seeking God’s face. 

6. How to End:
Don’t overeat when the time comes to end your fast. Begin eating solid food gradually; eat small portions or snacks. 

7. Believe: Believe that God will do a miraculous work in you that will translate into miraculous results around you.  Extend your faith to trust God that He will manifest shalom – nothing missing…nothing broken – for you, because of your commitment to discipline your flesh and sanctify the Lord in your heart.

 

Fasting
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.