What is Fasting?
The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out! It also enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all of the good things God desires to bring into our lives. Remember, your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your own body, your options, and most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.
At Bridge City, we encourage fasting corporately in the month of January. This is part of a season of high-intensity prayer as a church family. You may also opt to fast at other times during the year for your own spiritual development. Fasts can typically range from a single meal to 3 days or more. The timing of your fast is not as important as the strength of your focus on Him as you fast.
Types of Fasts
This fast calls for drinking only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.
This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, or bread, and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.
This fast is sometimes called the Jewish Fast and involves abstaining from eating in the morning and afternoon. This can either correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown. Another example is eating dinner and not eating until the next evening.
This is another option in addition to fasting food, or for those who have health issues that prevent the fasting of food. Removing distractions helps to refocus certain areas of life that are out of balance. For instance, someone might select to abstain from using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast—and then choosing how to carefully bring that element back into their lives in an orderly fashion.