The hubby and i have been Fasting now for 30 days! We are doing a partial extremely restrictive fast... Our fast will conclude on thursday as we committed to the month of march. I have had Many people send me questions about fasting, and i dont have very good answers to give... ill be honest this is my fist fast (i know its a lot to take on for the 1st one... but hey Go BIG or GO HOME!!! ;o) so i found this list of explinations with scripture....
I thought this summary by Richard LaFountain was very helpful in summarizing some of the questions I get about fasting!
Fasting is going without food to pursue and/or focus on something more important.
1. Fasting helps subject our bodies to our spirits. (I Cor 9:27)
2. Fasting is disciplining the body, mind, and spirit. (Prov. 25:28)
3. Fasting is subordinating our flesh-desires to our spirit-desires. (Gal 5:17)
4. Fasting helps set the priorities in our lives. (Mt 6:33)
5. Fasting is longing after God. (Ps 63:1-2)
Why Should We Fast?
1. Honor God -
Mt 6:16-18, Luke 2:37, Acts 13:2, Mt 5:6
2. Humble Yourself -
2 Chron 7:14-15
3. Discerning Healing -
I Cor 11:30, James 5:13-18, Isaiah 59:1-2
4. Deliverance from Bondage -
Mt 17:21, Is 58:6-9 (loose bands of wickedness)
5. Revelation - God’s vision and will -
Dan 9:3, 20-21, Dan 10:2-10, 12-13
6. Revival - personal and corporate -
Acts 1:4, 14 / 2:16-21, Joel 2:12-18
7. Repentance - personal failures -
Psalm 51: Jer. 29:11-14, James 4:8-10
We started this journey to pray over our adoption and God has MOVED in SO many ways in our lives the last 29 days!!!! We both feel like completely different people... my outlook on life has changed completely and i am so grateful!!! We have found our church family, WoooHoooo and have become much closer to one another and our Heavenly Father!!! We have also made some increadible strides in our adoption journey.... HE has brought some AWESOME people in the adoption world across our path!! PRAISE HIM!!!! We have also had some physical benefits too.... I have lost 16.5 lbs & the Hubby 13lbs... a definate AWESOME bounus to this awesome awesome month that we will forever remember!!! As our fast draws to a close.... my "flesh" is excited lol but my spirit is extremely heavy.... it has been a challenge, but SO SO SO rewarding, we are forever changed!!! If you feel your being called to Fast... DO IT!!! dont think abt it "JUST DO IT"!!!! it will forever change you, for the BETTER!!!! :D:D:D
[the specific fast we participated in was The Daniel Fast]
this is a great link to How to fast...