Yeah I know, fasting isn’t a popular subject. But if you’re a Christian, fasting and praying might be something to consider if you’re passionate about seeing strongholds brought down and people set free. Many people fast for their families or for personal breakthrough. Have you ever thought about fasting and praying against poverty? Human trafficking? War?
God gives us this promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (NKJV)
2 Corinthians 10:4 says, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.” These are the weapons we use when we fast and pray. Pretty cool hey!
What’s the deal?
On the practical side, there are quite a few different types of fasting. Jentezen Franklin lists this information on his site.
There are several types of fasting. The one you choose is between you and God. He will honor your best sacrifice.
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.
Before you decide whether or not to fast, Benny Hinn offers this advice in his book Prayer and Fasting:
Ask yourself these five questions:
- Is it God-led?
- What are my motives for fasting?
- What specific needs am I fasting for?
- What results am I looking for?
- Am I determined to minister to the Lord while fasting?
Fasting brings the flesh and self off the throne.
Praying for a cause:
Revelation 18 holds this promise: “The traders will cry and carry on because the bottom dropped out of business, no more market for their goods:… and slaves – their terrible traffic in human lives.” (MSG)
The Colour Sisterhood website has a great page siting different verses for different prayers, The A21 Campaign has a prayer guide for those passionate about warring against human trafficking and Compassion has a Prayer Network to partner with others in praying about poverty.
Read up on fasting before you decide whether or not to go ahead and if necessary, consult your doctor too.
So be encouraged, we are equipped with the same power that created the universe! Every 1 matters and every prayer matters to God.