Spiritual Fast

I have heard all about you, Lord. I am filled with awe by your amazing works. In this time of our deep need,  help us again as you did in years gone by. Hab. 3:2 NLT

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 fast should present a level of challenge, but it is essential to know your body and your options and, most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.

 

Journaling Through God’s Word

Before you start, pray for God to show you how to apply the reading to your life today. Use the reading schedule to find today’s Scripture. Then begin reading today's scripture.  As you read, underline or write down anything that speaks to you as a personal word to be applied. When you read with an open heart, God will give you words of encouragement, direction, and correction. When you finish reading, use SOAP to write down how God’s word impacted you.

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TYPES OF FASTS

Complete Fast

This fast calls for drinking only liquids, typically water, with light juices as an option.

Selective Fast

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

If you have health conditions that prohibit you from being a part of the Daniel Fast, there are other options. Choose something from your daily routine (i.e., specific foods or beverages, television, other social media, etc.) and fast for the next 21 days. Remember, the details are not as important as the spirit in which you participate.

*If you have any known medical conditions or suspect such conditions, consult your doctor before beginning the fast.

Partial Fast

This fast is sometimes called the Jewish Fast and involves abstaining from eating any food in the morning and afternoon. This can 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 common for those who do not have much experience fasting food, who have health issues that prevent them from fasting food, or who wish to refocus on certain areas of their life that are out of balance. For instance, someone might select to abstain from using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast and then choose to carefully bring that element back into their life in an orderly fashion after the fast.

TIMING OF A FAST

At Crossroads, we encourage fasting for 21 days each year in January and August. This is part of a season of focused prayer as a church family. You may also fast at other times during the year for your spiritual development. It’s typical to fast a single meal, a whole day, or three days or more. The timing of your fast is not as important as your focus on Him as you fast.

Scripture Reading

Make the most of your fast and use our SOAP Bible Reading Plan to help you focus on your time with God.

SOAP Reading Plan

Scripture References

Matthew 6:16-18
Matthew 9:14-15
Daniel 1:12-20
Daniel 10:1-12

Resources on Fasting