Practical Guide To Fasting And Prayer

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 

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  1. Mac Jan 28, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Blessed be the name of the Lord Jesus for ushering us into 2014 according to His purpose. I like your post on practical Guide To Fasting And Prayer, when I read, it I am blessed. More grace to you

    1. Brian Jan 28, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      Hi Greg … “fast from something to feast on something” is highlighted for me. Challenging. As Christ-followers, our “god” should never be our belly or any other natural appetite. Even entertainment. We do not live by the natural alone, but by the expressed thoughts of God. Jesus challenges us to consider our “food” — our nutrients — as doing the will of the Father. True satisfaction. Thanks for the post!

      1. Greg Simas Jan 28, 2014 at 3:52 pm

        Brian. I fully agree. In this fast that our Church Community is embarking on, I am being much more intentional about making sure my focus is on “feasting” rather than “fasting”. Hope all is going well and thanks for the comment!

    2. Greg Simas Jan 28, 2014 at 3:52 pm

      Thanks Mac. Blessings to you!

  2. Dan Black on Leadership Jan 28, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Great guide, Greg! Honestly I need to take more time this year to fast. It’s something that I know would benefit me, this post is an encouragement to plan and schudle fasting time. Thank you.

    1. Greg Simas Jan 28, 2014 at 3:52 pm

      Hi Dan. Thanks. I admit, fasting is not my most favorite thing to do but the benefits make it all worth it. As a community we fast 1 day a week and each January we almost always go 21 days. Thanks for the comment and grace for you to step into fasting and prayer more often. 🙂

  3. Janie Jan 28, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    I’ve really enjoyed your website so far, I’m looking forward to making my way through your other articles 🙂 I was wondering if you would mind sharing with us how you fast – in terms of hours or days etc? I’m a newbie, so any guidance you can give would be much appreciated. Does drinking liquids hinder the fasting at all?

    1. Greg Simas Jan 28, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      Hi Janie. Glad to see you here. Every fast should be prayed over allowing the Holy Spirit to lead you. There are a number of ways to fast which is included in the downloadable worksheet above. Personally, I generally do either a Jewish fast (not eating until evening) mixed with zero sugars and meats. I’ve done Daniel fasts (just fruits and vegetables). I have also done just juice and water fasts. This is usually for shorter fasting and prayer blocks (like 3 days). I hope this helps you. If you have any more questions feel free to ask. Blessings–

  4. Susie Fernandez Jan 28, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    I truly enjoy getting educated with what God has given you. May the God Almighty continue to bless you always. Pastor Susie Fernandez, Church of Prayer and Worship, Bayamon, PR

    1. Greg Simas Jan 28, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      Thanks Susie. Always great to see ministers visit and comment on my blog. Love what you guys are doing in Puerto Rico! Blessings and continued favor for your house and ministry.

  5. sam Feb 27, 2014 at 4:40 am

    thank you for the time writing all these articles

  6. JASON Apr 26, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Hi Greg!

    I’m a newbie to your website. Loving the posts! I am getting ‘website expired’ when clicking the link for to download the worksheet.

    Please advise.

    Warm regards

    1. Greg Simas Apr 28, 2014 at 11:36 pm

      Hi Jason. Thank you for letting me know. I modified the URL and it looks to be working. If you are unable to grab the doc please let me know. Thanks for stopping by.

      1. Jason Jun 9, 2014 at 8:15 am

        Cheers Greg for amending the doc. Keep up with the great posts.


        1. Greg Jun 9, 2014 at 8:17 am

          Sure thing, Jason!

  7. Phylis Wanjau Jun 30, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Hi Pastor, Am learning more from your posts. God bless you!

  8. Malou Aug 7, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Thanks PG. I never had a structure before; now this would definitely help in my endeavor to have a more effective prayer and fasting.

    1. Greg Simas Aug 7, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      Malou, I’m so very glad that this will serve you to better pray and fast! Thanks for letting me know! Blessings —


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