“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
The basic principle of fasting is to withdraw from a legitimate demand of your body or habit for a period to concentrate on your spirit. This could be food, newspapers, television or even natural fellowship with other human beings. If correctly practiced, fasting will enhance your sensitivity to the spirit. The purpose of fasting is to have time to focus on spiritual activities, praying and seeking God’s face.
There are different kinds of fasting:
In the Dream Centre Church, starting from November of each year, we observe an annual 40 days fasting in preparation for the coming year. This is a corporate event where we follow the Holy Spirit through the leadership of the church pastor.
Private fasting can be done by a Christian through the Holy Spirit’s direction or self-imposed fasting out of a position of Christian maturity.
Regardless of the fasting type, let it be clear what you are doing. Abstaining from food is not the goal but focusing on the spirit. Therefore, focus on the spirit. Do not give any room to the devil during your fasting. The devil will attempt to assault your conscience and your body will fight you. That is because he does not want you to do something that will make you sensitive and spiritual.
There is no law that says your fasting must be done within specific hours of the day. During a private fast, if you plan to fast your breakfast alone, determine that between you and God, and spend your breakfast hour praying and gaining sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.
PRAYER: Father, let your word come alive in me. Let it pierce through every part of my flesh, soul and spirit, until your will alone is strengthened in me. Amen.
BIBLE IN A YEAR: 2 Chronicles 26:1-28:27, Romans 13:1-14, Psalm 23:1-6, Proverbs 20:11
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