10 Fasting Tips: A Christian Guide

by David Peach on May 31, 2011 · Print Print · Email Email

Fasting is a common practice in Christianity. When Jesus was talking with His disciples He taught them about fasting. It was expected that His disciples would fast (Matthew 6:16-18). Here are some tips for fasting.

Plan Your Fast

The Bible has examples of one-day, three-day, seven-day and forty-day fasts (Judges 20:26, Esther 4:16, 1 Samuel 31:13 and Matthew 4 respectively). You should enter your fast with prayer and aPrayer is the language specific plan for how long you will fast.

There are various types of fasts as well. Some people fast with only water for short periods, while others maintain multi-week fasts with juice and broth maintaining a strict liquid diet. Both are valid. You simply need to decide what is right for your body and your purposes.

Part of planning your fast should be to educate yourself on different types of fasts and reasons to fast. It is also important to know how to break your fast properly. This becomes more critical the longer your fast lasts.

Consider Your Schedule

While a fast, by nature, is inconvenient, it should be an inconvenience to you—not to those around you. You should not obligate your family to skip Christmas dinner because of your fast. This takes away the personal nature of fasting.

Tell Only the People You Must

Your spouse will need to know you are fasting. Beyond that, you would be better off not telling many people that you are fasting. Most won’t understand. Fasting can also become a source of pride and boasting as you spread the news to more and more people.

Telling your pastor can be a help both to you and to him. It will be an encouragement for him to pray more specifically for you during this time. And you will know that someone is praying for your spiritual and physical well being.

Wean Yourself Off Caffeine

Several days before your fast begins, you should start weaning yourself off caffeine. Some people experience unbearable headaches 2 to 3 days after ceasing to drink caffeinated products. During your fast you will already be acutely aware of your stomach. There is no need to add a second discomfort if it can be avoided.

Avoid Media

Disconnecting from TV, radio, newspapers and the Internet can help you stay focused on your purpose for fasting. You will be less tempted by the constant bombardment of advertising as you become physically and emotionally challenged. Avoiding media will give you more time to focus on the Lord and His Word.

Disconnect from people

Fasting is not necessarily a vacation, though dedicating time off and away from people during your fast can help you get the most benefit out of this precious time. Leave your email and cellphone behind. If possible, find someone who can cover your responsibilities at work and ministry. Many people fast and still carry on their normal daily activities. But if you can get away, it will give you more time in quietness and stillness with the lord.

Beware of Your Emotions

Some people experience vast mood swings during a fast. One moment they are totally focused on God and the next they are wallowing in pity. Knowing that this is likely to happen will help you react properly. Learning to refocus on God and His goodness during this tough emotional time will help when your fast is over and you experience similar emotions.

Rest

Laziness is a problem that the Bible speaks against, but most of us today suffer from being too busy and not getting the rest we need. If you disconnect from the media and other people you will have extra time allowing you to get a full night’s sleep. During your fast you will be forced to slow down since you won’t be needing long meal breaks. A fast will reveal to you that you have too many activities and busyness in your day-to-day routine.

Stay Physically Active

You should take time to rest but this does not mean you should do nothing. Enjoy a walk in God’s creation. Outside of His Word, His creation is one of the best ways that God has revealed Himself to us.

Be Still and Focus on God

Fasting  is a time to study God’s Word, meditate and pray. To help with this, plan a specific Bible passage or topic you want to study during your fast. Look for verses you want to memorize and meditate upon. Fasting by Jesus and the disciples was always accompanied by prayer. Spend time talking to God and allowing Him to reveal Himself to you in His Word.

Have you been on a fast before? Share your fasting tips or experiences in the comments!



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thembi May 18, 2013 at 2:32 am

im on my 13th day of the 21 day Daniel fast and i thank the Lord for giving me the strength to continue each time i feel the urge to eat i always think of the time when Jesus was hungry and went into the wilderness and was tempted and he told the devil man shall not leave by bread alone but by evry word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord pse pray for me that i finaly get a relaytionship with my God

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RM July 2, 2013 at 5:27 am

Oh that’s a powerful weapon to use when you feel the hunger cramps.

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fredrick mccoy May 24, 2013 at 10:22 am

I is a good thing

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emily June 3, 2013 at 11:00 am

am thanking God for giving me a 3 successful days fast and i had a good time with the lord but i really need your prayers.t was like 2wiks ago when i fasted but am back to the very same thing that had made me fast.i really want to stop it because its a sin and am a christian but every time am determined to stop the next minute the very same thing is right with me.how do i go about this?

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danielle June 3, 2013 at 11:25 am

Read james 4 meditate on it the devil will always tempt u but the more u draw near to god to overcome sin satan eventually flees.

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scott June 8, 2013 at 7:14 am

Hey Emily
I know what you going through. Read 2 Peter 1:1-11 and pray on the armor of God everyday – Ephesians 6:10-20
Know that you are a Child of God and the enemy is going to do everything he can to hold you down. We must fight back and not be afraid, Jesus has your back and has already defeated Satan and his demons with his life, death and resurrection.
Know that another saint has begun praying for you
God Bless
Scott

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Edmond lamin conteh July 1, 2013 at 2:19 pm

U must have self control.

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Eve August 6, 2013 at 2:35 pm

40 day fast. Read a book about Fasting writen by Jentezen Franklin. Very good reading.

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Rich August 10, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Hi Emily,
I am a minister of the Lord Jesus and i’m actively involve in Counseling in my church(20+ yrs exp). Send me a mail to ekundayorich@yahoo.com and let me see how i can be of help with your struggles.Victory is certain for God’s children.1 John 5: 4.

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Steven October 30, 2013 at 4:02 pm

When Jesus hung on the cross, He took all of our sins upon Himself: every sin we have committed, every sin we are committing, and every sin we will ever commit. And as He died on that cross, our SINS DIED WITH HIM. Your chains have been broken! You have been set free, in Jesus’ Name!! As He rose back to life, He rose you with Him back to new life, and by the power of His Holy Spirit you are no longer a slave to sin but are free by the wonderful Grace of God!! Ask God for the baptism of the Holy Spirit :)
Romans 6:3-11
Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.
Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.

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Jack December 24, 2013 at 1:19 am

Emily, just keep talking with God and reading the Bible in any verse you will. When the devil is through tempting you and leading you astray God will possess you whole heart and lead you to the spiritual place God wants you to be at. Then and only then has your fasting practices taken you to behold his mark on you for the end times. We are faulty by nature and this is not a cure but merely a tool in our arsenal to fight the demons which whisper to us. I pray for you and know that you can correct the path the demons tip you to stumble upon. May God and his grace bless your heart with healing and love that you have never known before.

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Giray January 5, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Keep fasting and praying I was addicted to smoking. I fasted on and off prayed but never had total victory until this new year on 31st January 2013 God set me free im still tempted but rather than give in i quote the one know Even before I get tempted I pray against any triggers also check out Tracey Morin website Touch of God . God bless

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Joe Galbicka January 23, 2014 at 7:37 am

As a man thinketh in his heart so is he

Emily, the more you allow your thoughts to rest in your mind, the more they will influence you.

We need physical food daily for our physical vessels that God has given us, but when we deny this “need” and draw closer to God, it reveals to him that we are “denying” a need for him. Yes painful at times, and difficult, but we have the best weapon for “thoughts” or the enemy.

The word of the living God!

Read it, meditate on it, let it blossom in your heart, soul, mind and in all your strength.

We abuse “food” for addictive behaviors. It is energy for our physical bodies to sow ( work ) to keep moving, to do Gods work, ( to preach his message to the world ) .

But our society and culture and generation has adopted this “more” fa sod into our tv, magazines, movies, internet, cell phones, every where, that the skinnier you are the more attractive and happier you will be.

No no no, let us rely on Gods word on how we live our lives, not our present day “normal” standards according to our society or country that we live in.

So yes we will be tempted here and there some more then others, but realize that no matter when your tempted God is trying to allow you to learn a lesson.

Don’t succumb to the temptation. Instead let your thoughts turn to God and his word.

Remember what Jesus said?

Love the lord your God with all your Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength.

Heart, soul, mind and strength.

Our mind is 3rd, so our heart needs to be right as well as soul first before our mind ( thoughts ) can be filled and strong.

Get your heart and soul filled on a daily , second, and minute, and hour basis every day, by meditating on Gods word, reading it, and letting it dwell and bring you closer to God, as well as living it, loving others as Christ loves us.

Love your neighbor as yourself-

So after our hearts and souls are filled then our minds can be filled with thoughts of victory and our strength will be over flowing.

But remember we live in the “world” we need a second, minute, hourly, daily renewing of our minds like paul said.

So no matter what we are going through we can always seek our savior Jesus Christ to help take negative thoughts away and replace them with Christ like thoughts, helping us conquer our present negative, so that with Christ we can

have a praise report for others in our weaknesses.

For my power is made perfect in weakness

And his grace is sufficient enough-

So let us strive every moment of time we have to seek Christ for continual renewal of grace, that we will need to grow closer to him as well as love others with his message and salvation, trying to win souls for Christ, not that we boast, but that Christ may boast through us.

AMEN

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Joey March 25, 2014 at 1:35 pm

Emily, You are falling in the same ole trap of the law and focusing on the flesh not Grace.If you are a believer then you are no longer a sinner you may sin but in Gods present covenant your sins past present and future are washed away. Realizing Gods grace and accepting it completely will prevent you from continuing. It has nothing to do with self control or will power. Peter’s will power did not allow him to walk on water it was his total focus on Jesus.

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Millicent June 17, 2013 at 8:26 am

when u take 3days fasting, when is the right time to eat, can I eat at night or must I wait till I finish the 3days?

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Lungile November 3, 2013 at 3:52 am

Hi Millicent
A day is made of 24 hours and so I think you should wait until you finish the 3 entire days you set out to fast for.

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Ayeerun Caleb Sunday June 18, 2013 at 6:16 am

Thank God for your organization.
l’m 32 years by Nov. 15th , still jobless. pls help me in prayer. l still wish to continue my study because, l have national diplomal in accounting . l need help.

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KIM August 7, 2013 at 5:40 am

DO NOT FAST BECAUSE YOU NEED SOMETHING. FASTING IS NOT TWIST GOD’S HANDS TO FULFILL OUR NEEDS. THE MAIN REASON FOR FAST IS TO HUMBLE YOURSELF BEFORE YOUR CREATOR, AND TO PRAY FOR OTHERS. YOUR NEEDS SHOULD NEVER BE A REASON TO FAST. YOU CAN CONFIRM FROM ALL THE SCRIPTURAL FAST EXERCISE. ESTHER WAS FOR THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL, DANIEL SAME, JESUS FOR THE STRENGTH TO BEGIN HIS MISSION, WE ALWAYS MISTAKE THIS. GOD HAS GIVEN US POWER, BUT WE NEED SPIRITUAL STRENGTH TO EXERCISE THIS POWER AND AUTHORITY AND THAT STRENGTH WILL COME THROUGH FASTING.
THINK ABOUT IT.

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danielle August 7, 2013 at 6:33 am

You can fast for something from God. A job is something God knows we need bexause in His word he tells us by paul “man should work to eat. There are many reasons for fastingvin the binle. It is a spiritual power. Eph 6:10-21 tells us we don’t war against flesh and blood but against powers and principalities in the heavenly realms. The devil will discourage u and tempt u to break your fast through other peoples good intended opinions. Erza chapter 7/8 fasted for God to give them direction and protection for their children possesions and God answered them. Saniel fasted 21days to fet an answer from God regarding their captivity. God sees your faith in fasting. Nehimiah fasted and gained favor from the king to rebuild the temple. The key is they all started ou t to seek gods face for a reason and the reward for our fast wether spiritual insight or favor with a job god chooses the reward because he has a purpose for uour life. Keep going on uur fast and just change your focus ask god what he wants u to do. He is a friend indeed that is closer then u realize. Be blessed in all u do! Amen

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KIM August 9, 2013 at 3:34 am

Hi Danielle,

When we fast, WE DO NOT MOVE GOD. We move closer to HIM. My point been that, ‘if you are fasting because you need something, then think it through. He has given as POWER AND AUTHORITY to claim our rights in Christ Jesus. The job you are looking for IS ALREADY YOURS, but to have the power to claim it is another thing. SO fasting in it sense is to energize or strengthen or embolden you to claim whatever you desire according to HIS WILL AND PURPOSE. But christian DO NOT FAST FOR EARTHLY THINGS. We fast to get closer to our ABBA (FATHER OR SOURCE), because the closer we are to him, the more strength we drain from him. Just pause for a moment and think about it.

BLESS YOU.

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KIM August 9, 2013 at 3:36 am

Hi Danielle,

When we fast, WE DO NOT MOVE GOD. We move closer to HIM. My point been that, ‘if you are fasting because you need something, then think it through. He has given US POWER AND AUTHORITY to claim our rights in Christ Jesus. The job you are looking for IS ALREADY YOURS, but to have the power to claim it, is another thing. SO fasting in it sense is to energize or strengthen or embolden you to claim whatever you desire according to HIS WILL AND PURPOSE. But christian DO NOT FAST FOR EARTHLY THINGS. We fast to get closer to our ABBA (FATHER OR SOURCE), because the closer we are to him, the more strength we drain from him to claim whatever we desire. Just pause for a moment and think about it.

BLESS YOU.

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danielle August 9, 2013 at 3:59 am

You I fast regular and from what God showed me as if I need anything hr is the provider ANYTHING. Fasting is humbling and again if u look up the 75+ fasting words in the bible along with afflicted my soul, weeping supplications and lamentations then you ll undrrstand. God uses and calls all his children to a seperate walk with him. Again job is not an earthly thing gods word from the beginning to end commands man to work if any individual seeks god for this or anything bu fasting whether its wrong in uour opinion god will still bless the faith with works it is the Holy Spirits job to tell a child of God if they are fasting for wrong motives. Don’t be a stumbling block to the weaker brethen in faith. Encourage not discourage. This is not a debate sight either becareful lest the devil our adverery roars aboit as a lion seeking whom he may devour lets not give him a foothold in the unity of the brethen. You have a very blessed day kim!

Serving God is no right or wrong ultimately its your heart seeking the ULTIMATE PROVIDRR YAHWAH! And your God is able to provide you with any spirotual insight you need he is your commander in cheif and he knows your intention to fast and he will blessyour heart effort at seeking him in desperation for a job wether it is right in his eyes or not he is a good just god

Leslie May 20, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Danielle, thank you so much for your testimony.. You have been a wonderful blessing to me in my fasting..

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danielle August 9, 2013 at 4:48 am

My 1st time fasting after the Holy Spirit led me to fasting and I learned about the purpose was for God to restore my broken family. Because I had the faith and believed in fasting for God to move in my broken desperation he did 2days before the fast ended. When I cried out to God “afflicted in my soul” he restored my extended family not my immediate. He also revealed to me other times in fasting its all about “HIS WILL FOR MY LIFE”. Fasting for a job God will remove any satanic forces hindering you from getting the job God wants you to work because he has a purpose for y ou in that job for His Glory. Through fasting God will lead you he will put faithful spirot filled christians in uour path to give you a “word” this word will lead you and direct uour step. Keep fasting for whatever reason and God will show up and uou will know what God wants u to know. He may want u to not work because he has a job for you next year and he may call u to do something else right now just know romans 8:28 “all things work out for good for those who are called according to Gods purpose”

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Kim August 11, 2013 at 5:03 am

I think you are missing my point. Anyway, let’s respect each others views and just move on.

God bless you dear.

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Phil August 15, 2013 at 9:08 am

I know very little about fasting; however what I do know is that it should be private between you and God no matter what you do it for. As for asking for things from God, James 4:2-3 says “you desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.” So rather than desire and coveting, we should ask from our Heavenly Father; but ask for things for the right reasons.

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danielle August 15, 2013 at 9:48 am

Yes and a job is a right thing. How will u have a home and food to eat if u don’t have a job/work. From the beginning god told adam u will seeat the ground u walk on (work).

Phil August 15, 2013 at 4:03 pm

I agree with you Danielle, a job is a good thing as long as it is the type of job that glorifies The Lord.

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Michael Wing June 18, 2013 at 11:08 pm

Thank you for sharing this. I have fasted before for various amounts of time but I have been away from the Lord for several years and have recently come home, and felt the need to fast again. Thank you for these tips. One question. How do we overcome the overwhelming guilt if we fall into tempation during our fast?

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Mae June 25, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Hi Michael,
Know that guilt is a weapon the enemy likes to rob us of the peace Jesus gives us. Whenever you feel guilt tell the devil Jesus has already made you victorious. Check what the bible says in Hebrews 11:34, 1 Corinthians 9:22 and 2 Corinthians 12:9.
Hand all insecurities to Him that is able. Amen

God bless you,

Mae

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Ambrose July 1, 2013 at 4:17 pm

I have only fasted twice in my whole life which is terrible. Once many many years a go for one day, and recently I felt I needed to. The Lord called me back home and I felt I needed to honour Him with a fast and seeking His help n prayer. I decided on 3 day water fast, the first day was tough and when I felt that hunger killing me, I prayed and went to bed in my sleep I felt I was being fed, when I awoke there was NO HUNGER in me, but I allowed myself to be tempted and never lasted the 3 days, I did 2 days. I want to redo it and make it a custom in my life. It felt like good discipline and I really felt the presence of the Lord during that time. I encourage every Saint of the Most High to Fast. It is necessary.

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KIM July 2, 2013 at 8:18 am

HI, I WAS UNEMPLOYED FOR 7MONTHS, LIVING WITH MY AUNTY AND HER FAMILY AT THE AGE OF 25. THEN ONE DAY A FRIEND TOLD ME HE FEELS SPIRIT WAS AROUND MY AUNTY, THEN I EMBARKED ON A 3DAY FAST FROM 6AM TO 6PM. TO THE GLORY OF THE LORD, I HAVE A JOB AND NOT JUST ANY JOB A GREAT ONE FOR THAT MATTER, MY POINT BEEN THAT, WHEN WE FORGET ABOUT OUR NEEDS AND SACRIFICE OURSELVES FOR OTHERS, GOD BLESSES US MORE THAN WHAT WE EVEN EXPECT. I THANK GOD FOR MY JOB, AM PRAYING FOR A GOOD MAN TO MARRY AND A GOOD CHRISTIAN HOME IN THE NEAR FUTURE. THANKS DAVE FOR YOUR ENCOURAGING WORDS OF WISDOM AND THANK EVERYONE HERE WHO RESPONDED TO MY QUESTION. I WILL BE 26 ON THE 4TH OF JULY(COMING THURSDAY) AND AM DOING A 3DAY FAST JUST TO SAY ‘THANK YOU LORD’, FOR HOW FAR HES BROUGHT ME. AM SOO GRATEFUL FOR HIS LOVE, MERCIES, JOY HAPPINESS, FAVOUR AND HIS GRACE. THANK YOU.

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KIM July 2, 2013 at 8:21 am

HI, I WAS UNEMPLOYED FOR 7MONTHS, LIVING WITH MY AUNTY AND HER FAMILY AT THE AGE OF 25. THEN ONE DAY A FRIEND TOLD ME HE FEELS THE SPIRIT OF DEATH WAS AROUND MY AUNTY, THEN I EMBARKED ON A 3DAY FAST FROM 6AM TO 6PM. TO THE GLORY OF THE LORD, I HAVE A JOB AND NOT JUST ANY JOB A GREAT ONE FOR THAT MATTER, MY POINT BEEN THAT, WHEN WE FORGET ABOUT OUR NEEDS AND SACRIFICE OURSELVES FOR OTHERS, GOD BLESSES US MORE THAN WHAT WE EVEN EXPECT. I THANK GOD FOR MY JOB, AM PRAYING FOR A GOOD MAN TO MARRY AND A GOOD CHRISTIAN HOME IN THE NEAR FUTURE. THANKS DAVE FOR YOUR ENCOURAGING WORDS OF WISDOM AND THANK EVERYONE HERE WHO RESPONDED TO MY QUESTION. I WILL BE 26 ON THE 4TH OF JULY(COMING THURSDAY) AND AM DOING A 3DAY FAST JUST TO SAY ‘THANK YOU LORD’, FOR HOW FAR HES BROUGHT ME. AM SOO GRATEFUL FOR HIS LOVE, MERCIES, JOY HAPPINESS, FAVOUR AND HIS GRACE. THANK YOU.

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Yashwant July 3, 2013 at 4:28 am

Hi KIM
First of all i would like to say God “Thank you …thank you very much God”…You saw Kim,s fasting and Listened prayer.
Kim…Happy birth day to you.Kim just like you i have problem, i did fasting…Now again i am planning to do again. I am jobless right now…wherever i get job,i lost it due to some reason.I don’t know when i be have a good job.God please see me and listen me also….open the door of happiness…Kim if you can prayer …i be grateful of you.I don’t know what is God’s plan for me.I am alone and just looking to God.Anyways…Gos is always right..Happy birth day again…God give you all things whatever you like…complete your all wishes….God bless you.

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KIM July 3, 2013 at 10:02 am

Thanks alot Yashwant,
I will remember you in my prayers as well. But dont forget to always take God at his work, to do so you just dont need to fast, infact DO NOT FAST BECAUSE YOU NEED A JOB. Fast to grow spiritually or to interceed for someone else, and through that God will definately grant you your heart desires according to HIS WILL. I pray that all your heart desires be fullfilled and also find out WHY you cant keep your job. Its very important.
God bless you.

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KIM July 3, 2013 at 10:06 am

Thanks a lot Yashwant,
I will remember you in my prayers as well. But don’t forget to always take God at his word, to do so you just don’t need to fast, in fact DO NOT FAST BECAUSE YOU NEED A JOB. Fast to grow spiritually or to intercede for someone else, and through that God will definitely grant you your heart desires according to HIS WILL. To take God at his word you need to know HIS WORD, its the only way to communicate maturely with our heavenly father. Just read the word and the Holy Spirit will bring to your remembrance when you open your mouth to pray. I pray that all your heart desires be fulfilled and also find out WHY you cant keep your job. Its very important.
God bless you.

Read more: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/10-fasting-tips-a-christian-guide/#ixzz2XzlY5fdR

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Yashwant July 12, 2013 at 8:16 am

Kim
Thanks to your all worlds,today i read your massage.I am thankful to you that you keep me in prayer.Thanks again.Well Kim, i like to do fast in the name of God.Am i wrong?I think it is also a way to tell your prayer to God.well God is great, he is always right.God Bless you Kim.

Yashwant July 3, 2013 at 4:32 am

Well Kim ….you can write me your exeprience about God,Prayer and Fasting…..on aqua_yash@yahoo.co.in God bless you.

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United August 15, 2013 at 10:38 am

Kim…that i a grt testimony…Im jobless 8months nw..fasted 7 dys…now Im waiting for a testimony…

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Favor July 3, 2013 at 2:01 am

Im currently on 3 day fasting today is my second day feel bit dizzy though but i trust God to keep me through to my 3 day.
Im praying for the favor of the Lord to fall on me, I love the lord with my whole being and i believe he has called me and I want to strengthen my relationship with my Father. Furthermore I broke up with my baby daddy whom I was going to get married to on 5 November 2011 but it never happen instead we broke up ,I still strongly believe that he is the husband God kept for me but i strongly believe that his mother and sister does not like me, so im taking this 3 day fasting for Gods favor to be upon me that they love me and accept me to be a wife to their son and that God make it possible for us to marry and be a happy Christ rooted family with our baby . Please keep me in your prayer saints

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danielle July 3, 2013 at 9:55 am

I went through the same baby daddy drama. You may be fighting a spiritual battle eph 6 . In the meantime seek god in fasting for god not expecting anything inreturn but him. Psalm 37:3-5 delight yurself in the Lord and he will give u the desire of yur heart. I fasted for my kids father 2years god never answered that but led me to spiritual food amazing visions dreams intreprations like the prophets in the bible. When I finally fasted just to honor god and put him 1st he blessed me with baby daddy when I least expected it. Be blessed as u seek Gods face!

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Yassah cooper July 3, 2013 at 1:04 pm

my mother always told me pray and fast, but i didn’t really know how to do it. as of today i fast from midnight to midday praise God i did and want to do it for three day. sometime she call me on the phone so we can pray i am a christian i beleive in God 100% and nothing will ever change that.I have been going so many difficulties and it seems to be getting worse i need prayer and deliverance curenlly i been unemployed more than 3years i have 2 kids i don’t even have the means of suporting them. i pray to God for a better relastionship it’s not working out for me. i’m asking God to intervance in my life and to deliver me from all this bontage and give me my heart desais. your please pray for me.

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Favor July 4, 2013 at 1:23 am

Thank you Danielle , I will seek God for who he is and delight myself to him , but this is just my request to him as he said make your request known unto me , i would like you please to pray with I have faith in God to turn things around for me Amen

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danielle July 4, 2013 at 6:02 am

I will pray for you and I want to speak Isaiah 26:3 over you. God will give u peace as u keep yur eyes on Him. Be blessed! And with fasting God will answrr your heart in His timing as believrrs wr are always tested in our faith.

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chioma ukaegbu July 9, 2013 at 7:38 am

prayer for me to be steadfast in fasting

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chioma ukaegbu July 9, 2013 at 8:02 am

GOD BE WIITH US

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lisa hunkins July 12, 2013 at 3:15 am

Am starting my three day fast today please pray for me that god give f2f he th he strenth to finish thnx

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Bunchie Wreh July 13, 2013 at 11:13 am

I’m fasting for God’s grace and favor in my life. I’m praying that He take over my life and lead me. I’m also going through some relationship and family issues. I’m taking this time to get closer to The Lord and ask Him to help me with my problems. Hope everyone remember me in your prayers.

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Princess July 28, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Bunchie, my prayers are with you. May God deliver you in the precious name of Jesus our Christ.

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Sarah July 14, 2013 at 3:15 pm

So today I start to fast, I had some things go bad yesterday and last night I panicked that what I worked so hard to protect in family would be taken away. When my husband offered to pray I found myself saying I don’t know that praying will help. I was hurting and I guess that’s when the devil preys the most. This morning at 4am I woke up and had this calling to fast. I’ve never fasted before and although I understand the pray part in order to give myself completely to this I know I need to spend more time with my bible too but is there something in particular I should be reading linking it to my fast? Like the accounts of fasting in the bible or can I read what ever I usually would?

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Princess July 28, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Sarah, I will pray with you for your deliverance. Much love and care.

Yours in Christ,
Princess

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Favor July 18, 2013 at 8:45 am

i took dry fasting two weeks back but however havent seen any change on what iv prayed for ,please keep me in your prayers , shalom

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Nkele July 21, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Pls pray with me i m starting my 3days fasting today, from 6AM TO 6PM, the spirit of fear and doubt in the house of the lord, i want God to show me my ministry at church and start working on that ministry.

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Princess July 28, 2013 at 7:02 pm

I will start my 3 day fast tomorrow, July29, 2013. My reason for fasting is that I am engaged to a wonderful prophet pastor and our wedding date is August 18, 2013. I requested a loan from my bank, Navy Federal Credit Union, and was denied the loan with a co-signer. The loan was to pay for my airfare, hotel accommodations, food, emergency money, fiance’s wedding band (on layaway)and to help my fiancé with the wedding preparations. God made it possible for me to secure my passport, visa and yellow fever shot. The amount of my request was $7,000.00. I have had direct deposit with my bank for 3 years now. I am seeking Gid’s guidance on what steps I need to take to get to my destination by August 12, 2013. I need much prayer. Our hearts and souls are in deep pain and sorrow. We have already begun to receive wedding gifts. Please pray for us.

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faith July 30, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Hi, I was just looking for fasting and guilt of eating at all, as I’m worrying I’m developing an eating disorder. I don’t like eating usually and when I found and seeked God from the heart for the first time with his spirit, I felt like putting food aside to focus on God without knowing anything about fasting being a religion until week later. My point now is I feel guilty eating anything at all and don’t eat much now 1small meal a day most day. I feel like I’m abusing myself as my bad upbringing past did. But after finding this site I realise I’m a far way away for being good enough for God. Self protection n trust issues from past abuse is preventing my growth and I see how Jesus like you all are I felt like that at first then became heart hearted when I learnt all the commandments sins you were to stop or do and I have so many issues from past childhood beliefs etc that has led me into difficulties believing in myself or in God fully. I know I know He’s lovely good loving. but I forget and old patterns and feelings stay with me. I avoid anxiety depression by entertainment for if not it gets way to much to handle. when I stopped eating for 3 days only eating one small thing a day I became more out of control than I had when I started I can’t concentrate, anxiety, fears, rushing thoughts. all the post traumatic symptoms I was diagnosed with basically. and Ibs getting affected again n that causes churning excitement and more lusts and fear etc. so I was falling away from God more and more even by all th things I had to do rather than I felt at the beginning when he guided me gently into his love now it’s about paper work.and I know the devil was tempting me, and putting evil thoughts and words in my head like sin, doubts, false beliefs etc. at the beginning he obviously couldn’t for God had me fully. but now he obviously can coz I’m lacking complete trust n giving in coz it’s just too much at once. n I pray n pray babble and now I learnt that’s a sin. but I can’t feel with my heart in control now my heads out of control. so it’s hard to make a effort to obey n please him etc. n I know he won’t help coz I’m all over the place with everything n I talk from a messed up head rather than faith calm heart. so all I pray about now is thanks n for others n they ‘re very short prayers so I won’t babble my prayers. at the beginning I was built up. but now I feel I’ve messed up. anyway I read a site on abusive past and Christian healing but it led me to books you have to buy. it feels I’ve been opened way up too fast for me to handle any of it. way too much info and things from past. anyway I know these are some of the roots of my problems. but anyway. I started believing the devil when he says your messed up and you’ve no chance to please God and obey him fully. without all my securities at once I feel so dramatically crazily all over the place. with his true words I feel calmer but doesn’t last all sins that I’m aware of thoughts, words, actions areas I ask for forgiveness for but end up doing it again without control. anyway. I read you lot like true Christians Jesus like. and it makes me see I may be dead b4 I have a chance of being that humble and less selfish. I couldnt give everything away but if I did. I don’t know if I’d lose my identity which not sure if had in first place. also I know it’s false securities but it keeps me thinking rationally. getting rid of really dependant areas do lower pride n do soften heart but then after week without I lose my mind. anyway apart for that it all makes me even more dependant on myself as I’m already withdrawn n depending on me to ease pains. basically I grew accustomed to just existing n lived with things that ease feelings of abuse and pain. so I’ve become unable to go out and make something of myself never mind something for God. I want to try do my desire put others first. so many people need my things more than me. comforts, love, caring, food, clothes, shelter etc. my money income is through government benefits that kept me calm in anxiety. anxiety disorder is really controlling every part of my life and me. so basically I’m sane I feel, care, etc, but only started to build myself up to function normally not long ago with all support. so maybe God tells me I’m ready or maybe it’s me who turned to him coz somewhere inside I feel ready. I don’t know. but with all this now I’m not sure if I can. as I know I’m a failure at pleasing anyone all my life so I don’t get myself too involved with people. I shy away when too exposed. but with God I did find it ok to talk to him about deep problems and he did help but now everythings on top of me and I sin, disobey, broke promises and know I’ll keep doing it even if I try not to. I feel I can’t talk to him until I sort myself and am able to do more for him than what I’m doing now. which compared to this is very pathetic, and selfish, and hopeless. anyway any advice etc is appreciated too. I love to be able to be like you lot. your so inspiring and give some hope to aim for. but I do fall in to old patterns early. and my body works by how I feel 24 7. n not eating is probably not going to help either. as now I feel even more muddled because I’m feeling hopelessly guilty about eating anything at all.

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Bella September 8, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Dear Faith, did anyone answer you?
I read your post, fixed to the screen by your need and distress, but what I saw was that you want God! To be honest, my initial reaction was, if you have any issues about food, perhaps don’t fast yet but do the opposite. Prepare to eat your food, and take some time to say ‘Thank you for this good food, Lord. Please bless it and may it do me good’ and eat it slowly and thoughtfully without guilt, and enjoy and be glad. We pray, in the Lord’s Prayer: …give us this day our daily bread…. which means, all we need today. If it’s all confusing and too difficult, muddling fasting and food issues, I reckon that’s the Devil’s leaving his footprints around! You don’t get to Heaven by fasting and proving you are disciplined, but by accepting Jesus did the difficult bit for you, and all we must do is accept that and believe that is enough to bridge the gap between God and us. It is. God calls us, we respond and faith gets stronger. Then we build on it by letting Him change how we want to live. It’s tricky sometimes to leave behind all the rubbish in our lives and let Him deal with it. I find I say I’m sorry and please forgive me for something I bring to Him as a prayer, but pick it up again and carry it as before, like a black rubbish bag! Old habits, as you say. But it gets easier.
Don’t worry, or be afraid ( easy to say!) You don’t have to be ‘good enough’ or sorted or any thing. You just need to believe He has saved you, and turn in His direction. Actually, I had to decide, I am going to believe this even though I’m full of confusion. I thought we could work on the tricky bits later! Yes, that worked! There are things I’m trying to learn now -this – that I had no solid idea of just HOW MUCH God loves me! I mean I can’t take it all in and work with it, but He does, more than enough to cope with all you’ve told us about. He offers rest and security and a calm safe place you feel, in which to grow. I imagine Him, the Good Shepherd, with a little orphan lamb tucked inside His jacket. Safe. And I’m that lamb. So are you. Hello! You can stop flinging these thoughts and fears around and look for that calm safe place in the centre of God’s love, and rest there. He loves you and that you want to find Him. He won’t let you go. Decide you want to be with Him, and if you get in a mess again, keep deciding. Every day is a fresh start, with a clean slate you can ask Him for. He says “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46 v 10) Turn that over and over in your heart, emphasising different words, to get a full sense of what He means. I like to think of it as “stop thrashing about and accept I’m in charge, it’s better that way!” Or you might like to “imagine a quiet safe place and God with you, and He’s in charge of all the difficult stuff, and protecting you”
Read the Bible and pray about what you learn, what it tells you about God and how to live. All summed up in loving God with all the determination you’ve got in you, and love others like yourself, which means you’re supposed to love yourself! Because God works with love. He will patiently and gently love you and help and prompt you about how it all works. You’ll see in the Bible, and there are good Bible help websites with good teaching. eg biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/ . The rest will follow. Keep it simple. Conflicting thoughts and worries about detail will trip you up. Stick with the message that God loves you and you want to learn about how to love Him in return. I like Matthew 11 v28-29 especially, where Jesus says something like: “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke (My guidance) (instead of all your problems weighing you down) and learn of Me, for My guidance is easy and light to bear, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.…” It can feel close up and personal, or it sometimes feels like getting engrossed in a good film and being taken out of yourself but then later you may still have doubts about your own life. That’s natural, but the more you follow the example of God’s Word and live it lovingly, the closer God feels to you. He doesn’t pull away from us, but we can pull away from Him, or just wander off! Not doing that is our life’s work, I believe.
I’m praying for help and healing, and hope for you. Your name is perfect! God bless and keep you x

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Bella September 8, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Dear Faith
When I said ‘Hello’ I meant from one little lamb to another in God’s safe keeping. Identifying with you. When I read it again I hoped you wouldn’t think I meant ‘hell-o-oh’, like some wake up call. Not at all!!

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Bella November 2, 2013 at 2:36 pm

I’d like you say this link is what’s meant by Jesus’s yoke, so please look there:
http://www.gotquestions.org/yoke-easy-burden-light.html

I should not have put the term ‘guidance’ instead of yoke, God please forgive me!

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loren July 30, 2013 at 10:12 pm

About to embrak on a 30 day fast any tips?

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Noah August 2, 2013 at 11:44 am

Can We Swallow Saliva During Fastings?

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Favor August 5, 2013 at 7:11 am

Calvary greetings Saints , I will soon be embarking on my 7 day fasting with the help of God , i have a 2year old and have to prepare food for her am i able to taste on her food without feeling guilty of cheating on my fast , praying to God

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rachel August 13, 2013 at 1:00 am

am doing a 5 day fast and am fasting for my husband who lost his job and also that i can grow spiritually closer to God every day and get to know him on a deeper and more personal level. please pray for me….thank you

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Hellen August 22, 2013 at 7:21 am

Am doing a three day fasting pls pray with me n went for an interview last week wednesday

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Viwe August 26, 2013 at 9:25 am

Saints,

It is such pleassure to read everyone’s comments…i want to partake on a 7days fast, i am still trying to understand which fast i should partake and my main reason of fasting, i pray God will help me.

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Maya September 9, 2013 at 8:48 am

Hello David!

I came upon your article about fasting by google. I’m in a bad place at the moment so bad that thoughts of ending my life are becoming a norm now. For a couple of years now I have seen a decline in the quality of my life…i dont know how to explain it but it feels like I have no control over what is happening to me. I feel frustrated, afraid , despondent and just generally miserable. I am crying all the time and there is so much unhappiness in me. I pray to God asking for His direction I will be fine for about a day or two maximum a week and then its back to misery. I feel there is no hope for me. Just this morning the same feeling of dread came over me and I just said to myself that I would fast in sincerity and seek the face of Lord God..because I am at my wits end!

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Ruth September 23, 2013 at 12:36 am

Hi Maya,

By God’s grace I hope you are doing well by the time you read my message. I have felt that kind of desperation too once in my. That no matter what efforts I do nor how I cry out to God, it just keeps going on. Then it came upon me one day that the reason I am feeling and thinking that way and that it feels like God is not hearing my cries to Him is because I am in sin and I have not asked for forgiveness and surrendered the very thing that makes my life desperate and miserable.

My point is, whether we fast or do all the efforts to regain hope and happiness, as long as we are in sin and have not let go of that sin in our lives, our fasting is just in vain. Let the Holy Spirit lead you in the right prayer and examine yourself. Before anyone should enter a fast, he/she must examine his/herself. Ask God to search you and cleanse you from all your sins.

Fasting is a very powerful practice for Christians and at the same it is also very dangerous. It is not about not eating and/or drinking because we are desperate for something, rather it is about weaning-off from all desires that is not pleasing to God – to detach ourselves from the things that is keeping us out of focus to God.

If you are lead by the Holy Spirit to fast (by these word I am letting you know that I am not encouraging you to do so if you are at that emotional state) bear in mind, that it is not about you nor about what you want to get but focus on the qualities of God and how He is able to do everything for His children who seek Him earnestly and sincerely. During fasting, you are to pray, praise, admire, adore, worship, give thanks and give glory to God. Focus on God and not on yourself.

May the good Lord bless and keep you and hear the very cry of your soul. God loves you Maya.

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Eric estrada September 28, 2013 at 12:22 am

Hi, my name is Eric and I teach the Hispanic ministry young adults class. I had question in regards to fasting. When the bible mentions fasting, there are only 2 different kinds of fasting. Jesus’s fast and Daniels fast. There are not different types of fasting besides these two mentioned in the bible. There is also not a time frame which works around our daily schedule too just place our fast to.

Ex: I will only fast from 12pm till 9pm

The bible states when fasting it is for a length of time. Not a time period for each day. (Jesus’s fast)
Also when one is fasting, he/she should deny oneself In hope of following God plan, not asking God to help you with specific things in your life that you would want to change. When having faith in God, the follower will receive gifts upon there wildest dreams.

I think a lot of times we also get confused with fasting and prayer. They are two different things but same in nature.

Please e-mail me with any feed back I would love to touch base on this topic with you.

Thank you,
Eric Estrada

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Tso October 16, 2013 at 5:12 am

Good day everyone
i’m on a 3 days fasting, i’m married with a 3 year old daughter. A month ago my husband told me he doesn’t find me attractive anymore and he is not sure he’s still loves me anymore. I’m fasting to ask God to return the love my husband used to have for me and also asking God to save my marriage. Please put me in your Prayers. Thank you

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KatelynRose October 19, 2013 at 1:02 am

Hi, im Katelyn and I am 14 years old. I was raised a christian however myfamily does not do a very good job at regularly attending church so sometimes I find myself falling away from God a bit… I’ve really been making an effort lately to get closer to Him and I thought fasting would be a great idea; however, I am only fourteen years old. Is this too young to fast? Is there a desired age to be fasting? Also, I am looking at starting with a 24 hour fast. What should I do throughout the day? Obviously prayer and bible reading us important, but what other activities should I partake in?

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KatelynRose October 19, 2013 at 1:05 am

Additionally, should I fast on a Sunday? Seeing as though Sunday is the day of rest, I was unsure if fasting would be considered work seeing as though they are difficult to complete.

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danielle October 19, 2013 at 8:21 am

Katelyn, I have a son at 12 years old he fasted 24 hours….its sounds like God himself laid this on your heart. Don’t let yur age discourage you. The devil will cast doubt in you whenever fasting…like a good friend told me recently when God laid a fast on my heart ” you have to know that He is God stop do ubting Him!! This phrase alone carried me through 21days of fasting recently and it was amazing and the powerful results God manifested from it.. google as much scripture on fasting and read each story in the bible on it….god is gonna use u mighty in the kingdom one day, be blessed in all you do to be closer to the Lord God Almighty always and forever.amen!

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danielle October 19, 2013 at 8:37 am

Read Isaiah 58 on Gods chosen fast…it will teach u what he wants from us during a fast as well it talks about the sabbath of resting is to purposely draw closer to the Lord. The scripture of the sabbath in that chapter will speak to yur heart as u read it the Holy Spirit will reveal to u what God wants u do to on the sabbath

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Sheila December 3, 2013 at 11:27 pm

I went on a 30-day fast. I got interested in fasting and began reading books and articles. I got up to a week of fasting and I wanted to go on a 30-day fast so I asked the Father. It was a few years before I got the go ahead from God to go on the 30-day fast and it was a success. My helps on fasting: Read as much as you can on fasting so that you will understand how your body responds during a fast and how to begin & break an extended fast. Most info will tell you to wean yourself from caffine, sugar and any other addictive substances at least a week prior to your fast, is my suggestion. Or you could simply suffer through the headaches and/or fevers (pills don’t help with a fasting headache, trust me). Understand that fasting does not MAKE God do anything. Fasting is to calm our body and flesh down and helps us to tune in to God’s Spirit during the fast. Sometimes you may not get the exact answer you are looking for, but God will give you what you need to know, so don’t think the fast was not successful. Sometimes you may not get an answer until after the fast is over! What we should know is that God loves us, is awesome and so much smarter than we are! Lastly, I think every Christian should fast at some point in their life to let your body and flesh know who is in charge. The Kingdom of Heaven is not meat or drink, but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.
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Abigail December 12, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Hi there i really thank God for the gift of life I’m soo greatful but i really need prayer and support i really want to settle down thank

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Shaunda January 30, 2014 at 6:31 pm

Hi, I just completed a 21 day fast and prayer with my church. I’m new to fasting and prayer. I want to get closer to God and hear his voice. After I completed the fast, I still feel like something’s missing. I know God’s time and our time is different. I’m going to do a one day fast and prayer tomorrow. The reason being is, I’m in my forties and never experienced being married. I’ve never saw anyone in my family with a happy marriage ever. I have lots of aunts, no uncles and only 2 of my aunts are currently married. My grandfather passed when I was a baby and recently I’ve lost 5 male cousins and it bothers me. Could that mean my family is cursed? Can someone answer me? Thank in advance for your help.

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Jack Wellman January 30, 2014 at 9:02 pm

Shaunda, no, you are not cursed. God doesn’t curse families but we are all living under the curse of sin. If your family is not saved, then they are under the judgment of God but if a person has repented and confessed their sins, apologized and asked for His forgiveness, and then trusted in Christ, you have no curse but a blessing and will inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. Your family’s situation is like a lot of families in the world. Death comes to us all but Jesus brings eternal life. Is your family saved? If not, then these things might be able to be used by God because God can use evil things for His purposes to bring this family of yours to faith in Christ. Are you saved? Are they? If so, they are just going thru things and time and chance happen to all men but if you are saved, you have no curse but a blessing but these blessings will not be fulfilled until Jesus’ return.

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Shaunda March 25, 2014 at 5:57 pm

@ Jack Wellman

Thanks for your help. Things are still rough. I don’t have a job and challenging things are going on in my life. I pray things turn around for me and my daughter.

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FRANK EDWARD BOONE March 31, 2014 at 6:42 pm

As i write this i feel so good knowing God is in control and not only do i pray for myself,family but i pray for ALL….

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hamu April 3, 2014 at 1:42 am

Hi All. I have a very demanding job time wise but I would like to fast correctly in order to achieve what is needed. I van deny myself food for a whole with no issues but I do get the time to meditate on the word and to spend quality time in the word and with Christ. Pray for me please that I find ways of achieving this. Suggestions anyone.

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Christ John Kallimanis April 10, 2014 at 1:47 am

What a wonderful site! I’m so glad the Holy Spirit lead me here.For me personally, I feel we are all learning at the pace that we are hungry for. I believe God honors every effort we put forth tords Him. I cant tell you all how many fasts i’ve either accidentally or intentionally failed at. But every time I’ve ALWAYS gained something spiritually. Perfection is not required.It will never be achieved.But the condition of our hearts is what I believe is looked at. As long as I’m grounded in love and I really am earnestly trying to connect and grow closer to Jesus, then thats what will happen at the pace of what God wants. I love you all. You ALL really helped me take a look at some things in a different perspective. Thank you all and God Bless us all in Jesus name, Amen.

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betty May 13, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Thank you for this advice and information on fasting and prayer.

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