I like to start each year with fasting and prayer and this year is no different. Throughout the years I have personally experienced and received overwhelming testimony of the power of fasting and prayer.
There are key components that make fasting and prayer effective and worthwhile. Having these components in mind will help make fasting and prayer both effective and enjoyable.
- Fast from something to feast on something. I know this might sound a bit strange, but fasting should lead us to feasting. We fast in the natural to feast on the spiritual. We fast from food to feast on communing with God and spending more time in His Word. The focus shouldn’t solely be on the fasting but on the feasting. Fasting should remind us to eat in the spirit.
- The greater the sacrifice, the greater the return. Through my seasons of fasting and prayer one thing I have personally discovered, the greater the sacrifice in the flesh the greater the reward in the spirit. The more I starve the flesh the more I feed my spirit. Hard to explain but it’s true. Now a note of caution, please do not push yourself beyond healthy limits or medical advice but on the other hand, don’t wimp out either. Go for it as God’s grace enables you.
In addition, I believe that we need to have some kind of action plan that helps support our commitment. Here is what I encourage you to do.
- Create a plan. I’m big on knowing what I want to do as I head into a time of fasting and prayer. I determine my focus, my objective and what kind of a fast I sense the Lord calling me too. Having these things sorted out helps me get the most out of fasting and prayer. I created a simple worksheet for our community to help them. You can download a copy of this worksheet here.
- Create a schedule. What gets scheduled gets done. Schedule time with God. Yes, put it on your calendar and make that time sacred. Do you plan on getting up earlier or staying up later to have extra time in the Word and in prayer? If so, schedule it. Keep your commitments intentional and in front of you.
- Write daily in a Journal. Whether it’s a digital journal, moleskin or just a wire binder I believe it’s vital to write daily during your fast. Writing will help you think, reflect and record what you are learning, feeling and more importantly, what you sense God is saying.
If you take action on one or all of the ideas stated above, I believe you will place yourself in a much greater position to receive what God has for you during seasons of fasting and prayer.
Questions: Do you have some tips on fasting and prayer that have worked for you? If so, please share them in the comment section below. Also, I would love your response to post itself.