Fasting is a spiritual tool God uses to advance his kingdom, change the destiny of nations, spark revival, and bring victory in people’s lives. Every Nation churches and campus ministries begin each new year with five days of prayer and fasting to humble ourselves before God, consecrate ourselves to him for the upcoming year, and corporately agree for breakthroughs.
PRACTICAL GUIDE TO FASTING
"For the Son of man came to seek and to save that which was lost." (Luke 19 ASV)
Planning for the fast
Then Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”
JOSHUA 3:5 (ESV)
Pray—Spend time reading the Bible before the fast. Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance in your prayers. On pages 4 and 5, write down your faith goals, as well as your answered prayers in 2016.
Commit—Pray about the kind of fast you will undertake and commit to it ahead of time. Do not decide on a day-to-day basis. Ask God for grace.
Act—Start eating smaller portions a few days before the fast. Avoid food high in sugar and fat. Plan to limit physical and social activities for the week of the fast. Ask someone to be your prayer partner and support throughout the fast.
NOTE: Consult a physician, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, or taking medication. If your situation does not allow you to do a full fast, determine what will work best for you.
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Focus—Set aside time to work through the devotionals. Be ready to respond to God’s Word and the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Pray—Join at least one prayer meeting in your local church. Intercede for your family, church, pastors, nation, campuses, and missions throughout the week.
Replenish—During mealtime, read the Bible and pray instead. Drink plenty of water and rest as much as you can. Be ready for temporary bouts of physical weakness and mental annoyances like impatience and irritability.
BREAKING THE FAST
“Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’” ISAIAH 58:9 (ESV)
Eat—Reintroduce solid food gradually. Your body will need time to adjust to a normal diet. Start with fruits, juices, and salad, then add more vegetables. Eat small portions throughout the day.
Pray—Don’t give up! Trust God’s faithfulness and timing. Carry your newfound passion for God throughout the year. Be in faith for God to answer your prayers.