Spiritual Fasting

By Jentezen Franklin

Fasting is one of the most powerful weapons God has ever given us for our daily lives. We all go through
times when we feel like we are not living up to our full potential. Sometimes we lose our energy and our
spiritual sharpness . . . this causes us to lose our edge.

What does it really mean to lose your edge? When a lumberjack keeps swinging away at the tree without
sharpening his ax, the ax will soon become dull and ineffective. In much the same way, that can happen to

Going through our daily routines in our own strength wears us down. Little by little, we lose our closeness
to God. Without that closeness, we become ineffective for the purposes His has for us.

Fasting can help you get back your passion! It can recharge you!  

Although fasting lasts for a short season, it brings long-term results, which sharpens us, enabling us to
face the challenges of life in His strength. Through fasting, you can experience spiritual renewal and
direction for your life . . . restoration of relationship . . . healing . . . release from bondages . . . and so
much more!

Begin each year with 21 days of fasting. Fasting in January is much like praying in the morning to
establish the will of God for your entire day. If we will pray and seek God and give Him our first and best
at the beginning of the year, He will honor that sacrifice and bless our ENTIRE year! “But seek ye first
the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Mathew 6:33).

But when you make fasting a way of life, you get even closer to God and grow in your spiritual walk like
never before. Making fasting a lifestyle is like a lumberjack who takes time to rest and sharpen his ax
periodically to be able to effectively finish the job set before him.

Fasting can help you recover your passion, recapture your dream and restore your joy! Fasting is a
principle that God intended for everyone to practice. It is not a punishment; it is a privilege! Make fasting
a “lifestyle”!

Fasting Basics:

According to the Bible, there are three duties of every Christian: give, pray and fast. Biblical fasting takes
a lot of discipline and strength—strength which you can only receive from God. Your private discipline
will bring you rewards in Heaven, says Matthew 6.

When you give God your first through fasting, prayer and giving at the beginning of the year, you set the
course for the entire year.

Why should I fast?
1. Are you in need of healing or a miracle?
2. Do you need the tender touch of God in your life?
3. Is there a dream inside you that only He can make possible?
4. Are you in need of a fresh encounter?
5. Do you desire a deeper, more intimate and powerful relationship with the Lord?
6. Are you ready to have heightened sensitivity to the desires of God?
7. Do you need to break away from bondages that have been holding you hostage?
8. Is there a friend or loved one that needs Salvation?
9. Do you desire to know God's will for your life?

how wuld you like to fast

1 TIMOTHY 2:1-2"I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving
peaceable life in all godliness and honesty."

ROMANS 12:1"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a

MATTHEW 6:33"But
be added unto you."

ISAIAH 58:6"[Is] not this the fast that I have chosen to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy

Target your prayers during the fast. Example of targeting your prayer and fasting is illustrated below by
Fast 2012. Reclaim your Edge Movement:

will be lifted and that financial blessings will be released into your life!  
(Matthew 6:33)!

Types of Fasts:

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 juice. 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.

Partial Fast. A partial fast is from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm or from sun up to sundown. You can select from
three types of fasting —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 God greatly bless you as you fast!

Quick Tips:

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? Ask the 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 fasting you choose is up to 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 sweets and meats, and
the only liquid he drank was water. 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.

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