As we commit to this corporate fast, it is important to pray, plan and prepare. I have included some thoughts that will help you in this process. First, as a corporate body, let's identify what we're believing for. We are fasting to:
- See the power and the glory of God, with signs and wonders and miracles to be manifested in the sanctuary, in the Children's Ministry, in the Youth, and in our Connect Groups.
- See the blind see again, the lame walk, the church and its congregation to be debt free, and to see increase for all employees.
- See multitudes saved.
- See the auditorium filled with people hungry for God.
- See revival break out, not only in this city but in this country.
- See increase for all employees and employers
If family members are fasting also, sit down with them and include them in the planning. Don't force your plan on anyone. Walk in love!
Examine Your Heart
Prior to beginning, I encourage you to examine your heart. Is there unforgiveness, bitterness or resentment in your heart? If no, then great! If yes, allow the Holy Spirit to help you overcome these during your fast (read Matthew 5:43-45). Meditate on these scriptures daily.
Are there areas that may be out of order in your life? Take some time to really focus in on things that you may need to work through. As an example, ask yourself the following:
- Do I have a problem with authority, submitting or doing things with the proper attitude?
- Do I argue a lot because I want everything "my way"?
- Do I always feel sorry for myself and find myself having "pity parties"?
- Do I always talk way too much and never let others speak or express themselves?
- Am I frequently late to appointments or commitments?
Do you have any fears that you want God to help you conquer?
- I'm afraid of what people think of me.
- I'm afraid we are going to lose everything one day!
Fight the Good Fight
You will experience several battles during your fast. Your flesh will rebel because you are not giving into its cravings and hunger pangs. You may experience headaches and your body may ache with symptoms of withdrawal from sugars, chemicals, and caffeine. You may experience fatigue during the first week, but hang in there, you'll feel better in the long run with increased energy, clearer thinking and increased well-being. When the flesh rebels, stand your ground! ( Ephesians 6:13-18; Proverbs 3:5-6)
This is a great time to grow and mature spiritually, but to do it, you need a plan and goals. This is not legalism. Do not condemn yourself if you miss a time or something comes up that you have to attend to. Don't get angry. Simply pick up where you were and go forward from there. God is not mad at you; He is there to help.
- Include God in your fast.
- Submit the fast and yourself to Him.
- Open yourself up to Him and talk to Him about your intentions and needs.
- Ask God to help you to fulfill your fast and to see all of your plans completed and manifested.
- Set aside times to pray. These are your special times with God.
- Families are encouraged to pray together.
- Pray the Word, pray in your understanding and pray in the Spirit.
- Scripture Refernces: 1 Corinthians 14:2, 4, 14-15 (NKJV), Psalm 139:1-6 (NKJV)
- Put God in charge of your fast
- Consider what the purpose is for your fast.
- Consider your calendar and any scheduled appointments you may have during your fast.
- Set aside times to pray and study.
- Are there certain books you would like to accomplish reading? Will you read through the New Testament or are there certain books in the Bible you desire to read and study?
- Make a meal plan.
- Will you pack lunches and snacks?
- Will you still have to fix regular meals for family members that are not fasting?
- Scripture References: Proverbs 16:3, James 1:5 (NKJV)
- Prepare your body for the fast. (Are you doing the 10-day or the 21-day fast?)
- Start drinking at least 8-10 (8 oz.) glasses of water a day.
- Begin to taper off sodas and tea.
- Cut down on foods that are fried and include chemicals.
- Cut down on sugar intake.
- Create menus, along with your shopping list, for the coming days and weeks.
- Prepare ingredients and meals in advance.
- Store vegetables in individual plastic bags or containers and place in the refrigerator.
- Have fruit ready and available.
- Prepare lunches and snacks.
- If you are taking medicine, are pregnant, or under a doctor's care, make sure you talk with your doctor before you start anything.
Put God in charge of your fast. He loves you and will help you. Set aside times to pray. These are special times so it is important to commit to them and stick to it. Families are encouraged to pray together. Pray the Word, pray in your understanding and pray in the Spirit!