TYPES OF FASTS:
 Normal Fast No food or drinks except water or juice
 Absolute Fast No food or drinks, not even water
 Partial Fast No foods and/or beverages of certain kind

SPIRITUAL BENEFITS OF FASTING:
 Reduction of the power of self (self-centered desires, needs, longings, dreams, and plans) so the Holy Spirit
can do a more intense work in us
 Increased harmony with God’s purposes, thoughts, and passions
 Increased spiritual receptivity
 Revelation of our own true spiritual condition
 Increased inner calm and self-control (fasting is like fertilizer for growing the fruit of the Spirit)
 Increased strength to resist temptation as we subject our body to our spirit
 Increased fear of God and decreased fear of people
 Guidance, power, grace, renewed spiritual vision, and many other blessings from the Lord

WHAT EVERY FAST SHOULD INCLUDE:
 Determination above all else to minister to the Lord
 An attitude of humility before the Lord
 Thanksgiving, praise, worship, confession of sins, prayer for yourself and others
 Scripture reading
 Separation as much as possible from normal activities and influences of the world – Run in such a way that
you may win (1 Cor 9:24): avoid watching TV, reading newspapers/magazines, doing non-critical tasks,
having unnecessary conversations…

HELPS FOR FASTING:
 To start, consecrate yourself to the Lord, ask for His help, and put on your spiritual armor (Eph 6:10-18)
 Be attentive and responsive to the prompting of the Lord:
 If the Holy Spirit convicts of a sin: repent and ask forgiveness, learn what the Word says about it
 If a Scripture comes to mind: read it, meditate on it, ask the Lord how He wants you to respond
 If a person comes to mind: ask the Lord to guide you in prayer and subsequent action
 If you’ve never fasted before, start with a short fast (a day or less) – learn to “walk” before you “run”
 If the Lord did not give you specific Scriptures to focus on, draw nearer to Jesus through His teachings or His
suffering and death
 If you inadvertently break the fast, ask the Lord to forgive, then continue fasting; remember you are seeking
God and not trying to break some record!
 Don’t tell others you are fasting unless it is absolutely necessary, this can rob you of God’s blessings from
the fast and lead to spiritual pride
 Read a good book about fasting (Transforming Power of Fasting and Prayer by Bill Bright, Prayer and
Fasting by Kingsley Fletcher, Fasting for Spiritual Breakthroughs by Elmer Towns, Shaping History
Through Prayer and Fasting by Derek Prince)

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
    and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
    and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
    and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
    and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

Isaiah 58: 6-7