FASTING TIPS
 
Most of the fasts mentioned in the Bible were public fasts initiated by the priests or leaders; Jesus gave us the model for private fasts in Matthew 6:16-18 and 9:14-15. Whether you are beginning a private fast, or fasting corporately as we do each year at The Bridge Church, I believe you will find these tips helpful.
 
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? Do you just have a spiritual hunger for More? Ask Holy Spirit for guidance. Pray daily and read the Bible.
 
Preparing Spiritually
Confess your sins to God. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal areas of weakness. 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).
 
Deciding What to Fast
The type of fast you go on is up to you as Holy Spirit leads you. You could go on a full fast in which you only drink liquids, or you may desire to fast like Daniel, who abstained from bread, sweets and meats. The Jewish Fast from Sunup to Sundown is a good option. Your fast could be a mixture of the fasts. Remember to replace that time with prayer and Bible study.
 
Deciding How Long
You may fast as long as you like. Most can easily fast from one to three days, but you may feel the grace to go longer, even as much as 21 to 40 days. Use wisdom and pray for guidance. Beginners are advised to start slow.
 
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.
 
How to End
Don’t overeat when the time comes to end your fast. Begin eating solid food gradually; eat small portions or snacks.
 

TYPES OF FASTS
The type of fast you choose is between you and God. He will honor your best sacrifice. You may want to include a combination of fasts. For example, you may want to participate in a Full Fast for 1-3 days and then continue with a Daniel Fast for the remainder of your time of consecration. Before beginning any type of fast, consult your physician.

Full Fast
Drink only liquids (you establish the number of days).

The Daniel Fast
Eat no meat, no sweets and no bread. Drink water and juices. Eat fruits and vegetables.

3-Day Fast
This fast can be a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.

Jewish or Partial Fast
A partial fast is from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm or from sun up to sundown. This fast can be a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.

Scripture references for Fasting:
Matthew 6:16-18, Matthew 9:14-15, Luke 18:9-14
 
Relation to Prayer and Reading of the Word:
1 Samuel 1:6-8, 17-18, Nehemiah 1:4, Daniel 9:3, 20, Joel 2:12, Luke 2:37, Acts 10:30, Acts 13:2

Corporate Fasting:
1 Samuel 7:5-6, Ezra 8:21-23, Nehemiah 9:1-3, Joel 2:15-16, Jonah 3:5-10, Acts 27:33-37

Remember that it is the attitude of a heart sincerely seeking Him to which God responds with a blessing
(Isaiah 58, Jeremiah 14:12, 1 Corinthians 8:8).

May Father God greatly bless you as you fast!

Fasting combined with Prayer produces His Presence in our lives allowing His Promises to come to pass!