Date(s) - 06/18/2018 - 06/24/2018
5:30 am - 6:30 am
According to the Bible, fasting isn’t optional. In Matthew 6:16, Jesus says, “When you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.”
Jesus doesn’t say “if” you fast, Jesus says “when”. In this verse, Jesus is mostly talking to the Jewish people, but the apostle Paul talks about fasting, too. Paul is not talking to Jewish people, he’s talking to the rest of us.
… As servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger.
– 2 Corinthians 6:3-5
We fast simply because when we give up something that we greatly desire, it causes us to fully rely on God for the strength we need to stay away from the thing we’re fasting. You can’t give up something you love by using your strength alone — you must rely on God. Therefore, the principle of fasting is this: Turn to God constantly and rely on Him fully.
What to fast
Keep in mind the principle of fasting as I describe above as you consider what you might want to give up for your fast. Remember: Giving up something that you don’t enjoy anyway kind of defeats the purpose of fasting! Example: If you don’t like doing dishes and you decide to “fast” washing dishes, it isn’t going to bring you closer to God. You won’t have to rely on God’s strength to keep you from washing dishes!
But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. – Matthew 6:17-18
Day 1 – Families (Acts 16:31; Ephesians 5:22-28)
Day 2 – Healing & Deliverance (Isaiah 53:5; Isaiah 55:11; Psalm 103:1-5)
Day 3 – Salvation, Restoration & Reconciliation (Luke 19:9-10; 2 Corinthians 5:18-20)
Day 4 – Youth (Proverbs 22:6; Romans 12:1-2)
Day 5 – The Power of the Holy Spirit to Act, Be, Do & Live Better (Romans 15:13; John 15:5; Philippians 4:13)
Day 6 – Government & Leadership (Matthew 20:26; Psalm 133:1-3)
Day 7 – Finances & Prosperity (Philippians 4:19; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8)