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					                                                                                                                 h.   Remember that fasting and prayer breaks the yoke and sets prisoners
                                                 
                                                                                                                      free (Isaiah 58:6-12)
                             Tips and Preparation for Fasting 
                                                                                                          4.    While fasting make sure, if you are fasting from food, you have your doctors
 “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my                         permission and you are careful not to overdue exercise on that day. Juices are
face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin                             good to ingest for nutrients and energy. Avoid caffeine.
                        and will heal their land. “ 2 Chronicles 7:14 

    1.   Why am I fasting?

             a.   Determine what you are fasting for.

             b.   Ask to hear from God
                                                                                                                                                     
    2.   Define your fast. Do you want to fast from food, social contact, TV, reading, etc.?
         What is it that you need to remove from yourself that will give you more time
                                                                                                                                Tips and Preparation for Fasting 
         with the Lord? Fasting should incur some discomfort. I believe that is we “suffer”
                                                                                                  “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my 
         a little than we use that suffering to seek the Lord. The discomfort reminds us to
                                                                                                 face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin 
         pray and to focus on Him.
                                                                                                                         and will heal their land. “ 2 Chronicles 7:14 
    3.   Prepare yourself. Fasting is first and foremost about confession, repentance, and
                                                                                                     1.    Why am I fasting?
         seeking God’s heart.
                                                                                                                 a.   Determine what you are fasting for.
             a.   Confess every sin that the Holy Spirit calls to your remembrance and
                  accept God's forgiveness (1 John 1:9).                                                         b.   Ask to hear from God

             b.   Seek forgiveness from all whom you have offended, and forgive all who              2.    Define your fast. Do you want to fast from food, social contact, TV, reading, etc.?
                  have hurt you (Mark 11:25; Luke 11:4; 17:3, 4).                                          What is it that you need to remove from yourself that will give you more time
                                                                                                           with the Lord? Fasting should incur some discomfort. I believe that is we “suffer”
             c.   Ask God to fill you with His Holy Spirit according to His command in
                                                                                                           a little than we use that suffering to seek the Lord. The discomfort reminds us to
                  Ephesians 5:18 and His promise in 1 John 5:14, 15.
                                                                                                           pray and to focus on Him.
             d.   Surrender your life fully to Jesus Christ as your Lord and Master; refuse
                                                                                                     3.    Prepare yourself. Fasting is first and foremost about confession, repentance, and
                  to obey your worldly nature (Romans 12:1, 2).
                                                                                                           seeking God’s heart.
             e.   Meditate on the attributes of God, His love, sovereignty, power, wisdom,
                                                                                                                 a.   Confess every sin that the Holy Spirit calls to your remembrance and
                  faithfulness, grace, compassion, and others (Psalm 48:9,10; 103:1-8, 11-
                                                                                                                      accept God's forgiveness (1 John 1:9).
                  13).
                                                                                                                 b.   Seek forgiveness from all whom you have offended, and forgive all who
             f.   Begin your time of fasting and prayer with an expectant heart (Hebrews
                                                                                                                      have hurt you (Mark 11:25; Luke 11:4; 17:3, 4).
                  11:6).
                                                                                                                 c.   Ask God to fill you with His Holy Spirit according to His command in
             g.   Do not underestimate spiritual opposition. Satan sometimes intensifies
                                                                                                                      Ephesians 5:18 and His promise in 1 John 5:14, 15.
                  the natural battle between body and spirit (Galatians 5:16, 17).
                                                                                                                 d.   Surrender your life fully to Jesus Christ as your Lord and Master; refuse
                                                                                                                      to obey your worldly nature (Romans 12:1, 2).
       e.   Meditate on the attributes of God, His love, sovereignty, power, wisdom,                    -Get alone for unhindered and unhurried time of seeking the
            faithfulness, grace, compassion, and others (Psalm 48:9,10; 103:1-8, 11-                    Lord.
            13).                                                                                        -If others are fasting with you, pray together with them
                                                                                                        -Pray and meditate on God’s Word.
       f.   Begin your time of fasting and prayer with an expectant heart (Hebrews     Tips and Hints
                                                                                                -Physical discomfort will happen. You may have fleeting hunger pains,
            11:6).
                                                                                                dizziness, or “blah” moments. These are to be expected, but in those
       g.   Do not underestimate spiritual opposition. Satan sometimes intensifies              moments pray and ask God to fill you with His Spirit and comfort.
            the natural battle between body and spirit (Galatians 5:16, 17).
                                                                                               -Be prepared for temporary mental discomforts: impatience, crankiness,
                                                                                               and anxiety. Pray during those moments for the Lord’s peace and
       h.   Remember that fasting and prayer breaks the yoke and sets prisoners
                                                                                               guidance.
            free (Isaiah 58:6-12)
                                                                                               -Fasting is a time that you are able to draw closer and hear more clearly
4.    While fasting make sure, if you are fasting from food, you have your doctors             from the Lord. We are hindered by the comforts and commodities of this
     permission and you are careful not to overdue exercise on that day. Juices are            world and once eliminated you are able to move away from distractions
                good to ingest for nutrients and energy. Avoid caffeine.                       and draw ever closer to your Savior.




                                  Fasting Suggestions 

 Put yourself on a schedule
         Morning                                                                                                     Fasting Suggestions 
                   -Being your day in prayer, praise, and worship
                   -Read and Meditate on God’s Word                                    Put yourself on a schedule
                   -Invite the Holy Spirit to work in you (Phil. 2:13)                         Morning
                   -Invite God to use you. Ask him to show you how to influence                          -Being your day in prayer, praise, and worship
                   your world, your family, your church, your community, your                            -Read and Meditate on God’s Word
                   country, and beyond.                                                                  -Invite the Holy Spirit to work in you (Phil. 2:13)
                   -Pray for vision for your day                                                         -Invite God to use you. Ask him to show you how to influence
         Afternoon                                                                                       your world, your family, your church, your community, your
                   -Return to prayer                                                                     country, and beyond.
                   -Spend time in intercessory prayer                                                    -Pray for vision for your day
                   -Talk a short walk or something to separate from your current               Afternoon
                   task to pray and hear from the Lord                                                   -Return to prayer
         Evening                                                                                         -Spend time in intercessory prayer
                  -Talk a short walk or something to separate from your current
                  task to pray and hear from the Lord
        Evening
                  -Get alone for unhindered and unhurried time of seeking the
                  Lord.
                  -If others are fasting with you, pray together with them
                  -Pray and meditate on God’s Word.
Tips and Hints
         -Physical discomfort will happen. You may have fleeting hunger pains,
         dizziness, or “blah” moments. These are to be expected, but in those
         moments pray and ask God to fill you with His Spirit and comfort.

        -Be prepared for temporary mental discomforts: impatience, crankiness,
        and anxiety. Pray during those moments for the Lord’s peace and
        guidance.

        -Fasting is a time that you are able to draw closer and hear more clearly
        from the Lord. We are hindered by the comforts and commodities of this
        world and once eliminated you are able to move away from distractions
        and draw ever closer to your Savior.

				
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