Prayer and Fasting
SEPTEMBER 26, 2020
Prayer and Fasting for our Nation
Fasting is biblical.
In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for three full weeks. I didn’t eat any rich food, no meat or wine entered my mouth, and I didn’t put any oil on my body until the three weeks were over. Daniel 10:2-3 CSB
After he (Jesus) had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.
Matthew 4:2 CSB
Then John’s disciples came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?” Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests be sad while the groom is with them? The time will come when the groom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast. Matthew 9:14-15 CSB
When they had appointed elders for them in every church and prayed with fasting, they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed.
Acts 14:23 CSB
There are many other references to fasting in the Bible, referring to a sustained period of doing without food, earnest prayer and humbling of oneself before God, and may include mourning. There are miraculous answers recorded in the Bible after approaching Him in this manner. Obviously in this, as in all of life, attitude is everything. Fasting is for the purpose of humbling ourselves before God, not for appearing righteous in the eyes of others. It is preferable, Jesus said, if we do not even let others know we are fasting (Matthew 6:17-18). Of course, in a corporate fast when a whole church or group is fasting, this may not apply to those inside the group.
A fast may be doing without food or certain foods and/or drinks, etc. It may be for part of a day, a whole day, week(s), etc. Since it is between a person and God, it is what you make it before God. When Jesus fasted 40 days and nights, it was a full fast, with nothing to eat.
Since so many are praying earnestly for the same thing (namely, our country in chaos), I thought it helpful to include a few tips and recipes for whom fasting might be new. There will also be short readings, since the whole purpose is to draw closer to Him with the extra time we aren’t spending in the kitchen.
It is a good idea if we can ease into a fast and sort of prepare our bodies. This will depend on what kind of a fast you are planning, but it will be easier for your system to handle if you start backing off of foods you will be leaving behind on your fast, so it won’t be such a shock to your body.
If you have health conditions that make fasting a concern, please prayerfully consider this, and confirm it with your doctor before beginning.
I hope you will feel free to share recipes (for a partial fast, such as the Daniel fast) and tips with us as well. May God bless your journey as you seek Him with your whole heart. We would love to hear your stories.