You absolutely cannot effectively fast without praying first and seeking God on how He wants you to proceed. We should seek those things that are spiritual before any materialistic things when we fast. Matthew 4:4 tells us that "We shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God."
Philippians 4:4-7 ESV - Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
I completely agree with this statement and scripture. In fasting we are no longer depending on the natural things to sustain us but on His word, whether it be written or revealed through prayer.
My Knees are weak through fasting; and my flesh faileth of fatness.
Hebrews 4:12-13 ESV - For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
There are numerous passages in the bible regarding fasting but what is interesting is that when the bible discusses fasting it is almost always preceeded by a reference to prayer. This tells me that the two are inseperable.
“As the deer pants for the water brooks
So my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my food day and night, While they continually say to me, “‘Where is your God?’”
-King David [Psalm 42:1-3 NKJV]
Isaiah 58:1-14 ESV - “Cry aloud; do not hold back; lift up your voice like a trumpet; declare to my people their transgression, to the house of Jacob their sins. Yet they seek me daily and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that did righteousness and did not forsake the judgment of their God; they ask of me righteous judgments; they delight to draw near to God. ‘Why have we fasted, and you see it not? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you take no knowledge of it?’ Behold, in the day of your fast you seek your own pleasure, and oppress all your workers. Behold, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to hit with a wicked fist. Fasting like yours this day will not make your voice to be heard on high. Is such the fast that I choose, a day for a person to humble himself? Is it to bow down his head like a reed, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? Will you call this a fast, and a day acceptable to the Lord?
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV - Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
As I am praying, fasting and reading, I realize that I must also pray for stronger and stable faith in God. If anyone could also leave scriptures that I could read as we go through this journey, I would greatly appreciate it.
“As David stated in Psalm 42, ‘Deep calls unto deep.’ Week 1 is that first step down the path to your breakthrough. The first step is many times the hardest step, but as you walk through this journey, you will find that God is there to meet you at every critical point along the way.”
Brittany, your prayer for stronger and more stable faith in God is exactly what God wants for you (and all of us). As I read your request, the scripture came to me; "And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that are highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 30) And the angel said unto her, fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God." (Luke 1:28,30).
There are instances of prayer and fasting in the New Testament, but they are not connected with repentance or confession. The prophetess Anna “never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying” (Luke 2:37). At age 84, her prayer and fasting were part of her service to the Lord in His temple as she awaited the promised Savior of Israel. Also in the New Testament, the church at Antioch was fasting in connection with their worship when the Holy Spirit spoke to them about commissioning Saul and Barnabas to the Lord’s work. At that point, they prayed and fasted, placed their hands on the two men and sent them off. So, we see in these examples that prayer and fasting are components of worshipping the Lord and seeking His favor. Nowhere, however, is there any indication that the Lord is more likely to answer prayers if they are accompanied by fasting. Rather, fasting along with prayer seems to indicate the sincerity of the people praying and the critical nature of the situations in which they find themselves.
One can certainly Fast without praying but it would be the equivalent of carrying a weapon, but with no ammunition. It would be like putting a pot on the stove but never turning on the flame.
"And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us: 15) And if we know He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him." (1 John 5:14-15).
It is His will that we fast and pray! Fasting brings the flesh under the control of the spirit, which builds our faith and confidence in God. In this, we get closer to God. When we come into the presence of God, then we can and will begin to experience the will of God. Now our confidence grows, in that, we begin to pray God's will and God's will shall be done.
I am so excited about this fast, because of the expected outcomes. I believe power is on the way, deliverance is on the way, healing is on the way and breakthroughs will be the norm. Hallelujah! Situations are changing, circumstances will favor us! "Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee. And the light shall shine upon thy ways." (Job 22:28)
We will learn more about Him and desire to fulfill His will. My soul is leaping that we will be fulfilling the will of God through our prayers. I feel the presence of God is with us! Praise God!
Grace for day 2 of the fast, bible study tonight was great, the best is on its way! There is a scripture i'd like to share. As I fast and pray, I often pray this scripture over my family members or anyone that needs deliverance. Isaiah 58:6: Is not this the fast that I have chosen: that ye loose the band's of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
Everyone knows that chickens come from eggs. Chickens are meat, but what are eggs? Eggs are considered by most people to be a dairy product. However, they are not dairy in the traditional sense. A true dairy product is made by the mammary glads of a mammal. Eggs do not fit this definition, however they are an animal byproduct, which is why they are are lumped into the same group as dairy products. I think this sums it up about eggs.
Day 9! Whew! Cant fast without prayer, and right now I feel excellent. To know Jesus is special. I'm working my best to have the ultimate relationship with my Lord and Savior. Praying for us all. Amen.
If you think you love the Fasting Soups. Try adding the roasted potatoes to them. Scrumdelyicious
Day 13 and I am thankful to have made it this far. God is revealing things to me like never before and the closer we get to the end the more full I become. He has given me the endurance to last this far and I know He will see me to the end. This is not to say that I have not felt weak and like giving in. The scripture comes to mind however that the race is not given to the strong but to those that endure until the end
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