Fasting and Prayer
January 4-24, 2015

Psalm 139: 23-24
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.


Annually our church commits to a season of fasting and prayer as a family. We are not seeking Father’s approval or praise by fasting. We are giving Him our approval, our permission to search our hearts. As we desire to know Him more, we choose to allow His examination.

Our desire to look more like Jesus includes doing what Jesus did. In Matthew 4, Jesus is taken into the desert by the power of the Holy Spirit where He fasts for 40 days. After honoring the commitment to fast and overcoming the temptations of the enemy, Jesus begins His public ministry of preaching the Kingdom and demonstrating the Father’s works. This ministry has multiplied through normal people like us, who continue in the ways of Jesus.

Why fast?

We follow the ways of Jesus. The Holy Spirit has led the church into a corporate time of Fasting and Prayer. It is a time of consecration, a time to set aside the things of this world to reconnect with our first love. Fasting is a form of worship, David cried out, Restore to me the joy of your salvation Psalms 51:12. He wanted to remember the love and joy he once knew. Fasting helps to restore the joy and wonder. It is remembering that He is first in our lives.

What should I fast?

This is a personal decision. It is about heart. If it means something to you, it is a sacrifice.

Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you and your family what to give back to Him. Fasting is usually from food. The Bible gives us multiple examples of men and women who fasted, Moses, Esther, Anna, Peter, and Paul. Daniel fasted from the richness of the king’s table. He did not eat meat or sweets. You may decide to do a Daniel Fast or to give up a meal a day, eating out, or snacks. You may find that you are called to a media fast.

How do I start?

  • Pray and seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit
  • Discuss it with your family and friends so that you can support one another
  • Prepare for the fast
  • Check out the resources below that will help you to make wise decisions

How does prayer fit in?

Prayer is both listening and talking to Father. As you fast, listen to what He is saying to you. He loves you and cares about you and your circumstances. Make space for prayer. It takes about 30 seconds to say the LORD’s prayer. There is power in this prayer that Jesus taught the disciples.

Are there benefits?

Likely you will find that you are more alert and sharper. The benefits often affect your mind, body, spirit and soul. Read Isaiah 58:5-8.  If you honor God by fasting, praying and giving, you will see breakthroughs in different areas of your life. You may have new revelation and clarity. Even Jesus grew in wisdom and revelation.

The benefits may not be realized immediately, but our God is a covenant God, He keeps His promises.


Resources

Websites:
www.jentezenfranklin.org/fasting/

Recipes:
PDF

Books:
Fasting by Jentezen Franklin
The Fasting Edge by Jenetzen Franklin