Things to do when fasting and praying
I believe that there are many things to do as regards fasting and praying. The power of fasting as it relates to prayer is the spiritual atomic bomb that our Lord has given us to destroy the strongholds of evil and bring about a great revival and spiritual harvest around the world.
I’ve been feeling more and more like I need to call on God right away to bring revival to our beloved country. In the spring and summer of 1994, I became more and more sure that God wanted me to obey our Lord’s command and fast and pray for forty days for revival in America and for the Great Commission to be done.
At first, I asked myself, “Is this really what God wants me to do?” Forty days without real food was a long time. But as time went on, his call got louder and clearer. In the end, I was sure. God told me to fast, and He wouldn’t do that if He didn’t have a reason or goal in mind. With this conviction, I started my fast with a growing sense of excitement and expectation, praying, “Lord, what do you want me to do?” I think that such a long fast was a call from God because America and the Church have done so many bad things. The Lord put that on my heart, along with the urgent need to speed up the Great Commission’s completion in this generation.
How you begin and maintain your fast will have a significant impact on how well it goes.By following these seven basic steps for fasting, you will make your time with the Lord more meaningful and spiritually rewarding.
7 Things To Do when Fasting and Praying
Step 1: Choose a goal for your fast.
Why are you going hungry? Is it to renew your spirit? For guidance? to get better? in order to solve problems? for extra grace to deal with a tough situation? Ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what He wants you to learn from this. This will help you pray in a more targeted and strategic way.
According to 2 Chronicles 7:14, we humble ourselves before God by fasting and praying so that the Holy Spirit will stir our hearts, wake up our churches, and heal our land. Make this an important part of your fast.
Step 2: Decide to fast.
Think about what kind of fast you want to do and pray about it. Jesus seemed to say that everyone who followed Him should fast (Matthew 6:16–18; 9:14–15). For him, the question was not whether people would fast, but when they would.Before you fast, you should decide:
How long are you going to fast?Will it be one meal, one day, one week, a few weeks, or forty days? (Start slowly and work up to fasts that last longer.)
What kind of fast God wants you to do, like only drinking water or drinking water and juices, as well as how often and what kinds of juices you will drink,
how you will limit physical or social activities.
How much time you will spend each day on prayer and reading God’s Word
Make these promises ahead of time, write them down, and tell someone you can trust about them. This helps you keep your fast going even when physical temptations and the stresses of life make you want to stop.
Step 3: Get ready on a spiritual level.
Repentance is at the core of both fasting and prayer. Unconfessed sin will make it hard for you to pray. Here are a few ways you can get your heart ready:
Ask God to help you make a full list of all the bad things you’ve done.
Accept God’s forgiveness for every sin that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind (1 John 1:9).
Ask anyone you’ve hurt to forgive you, and forgive anyone who has hurt you (Mark 11:25; Luke 11:4; 17:3–4).
Make things right with people the way the Holy Spirit tells you to.
Ask God to fill you with His Holy Spirit, as He says in Ephesians 5:18 and as 1 John 5:14–15 promises.
Give your whole life to Jesus Christ as your Lord and Master and don’t listen to your worldly nature (Romans 12:1-2).
Think about God’s love, sovereignty, power, wisdom, faithfulness, grace, compassion, and other characteristics (Psalm 48:9–10; 103:1–8, 11–13).
Start your fasting and prayer time with a heart full of hope (Hebrews 11:6).
Do not underestimate spiritual opposition. Satan sometimes makes the fight between body and spirit even worse (Galatians 5:16–17).
Step 4: Get yourself ready.
Physically, fasting needs to be done with care. Talk to your doctor first, especially if you take prescription drugs or have a long-term health condition. Some people should never fast without being watched by a doctor or nurse.
Physical preparation makes it a little easier to make a big change in the way you eat, so you can give your full attention to God when you pray. Don’t forget the following:
Do not rush to begin your fast.
Get your body ready. Before going on a fast, eat smaller meals. Avoid foods that are high in fat and sugar.
Before going on a fast, eat raw fruits and vegetables for two days.
During the fast
Now is the time for you to fast and pray. You have stopped eating solid food and are now looking for the Lord. Here are some good ideas to think about:
Minimize how much you move around.
Minimize how much you move around.
Don’t work out too much. If it’s easy and comfortable, walk one to three miles every day.
Prepare yourself for short-term mental pains like impatience, irritability, and anxiety.
Expect to feel some pain, especially on the second day. For a short time, you may feel ill or hungry. Some people get headaches when they stop drinking coffee or eating sugar. Weakness, being tired, or not being able to sleep can also be physically annoying.
Most of the time, the first two or three days are the worst. As you keep fasting, you are likely to feel better on a physical and spiritual level. But if you start to feel hungry, drink more water.
An Example Timetable On Things To Do when Fasting and Praying
Set aside enough time to be alone with the Lord to get the most spiritual benefit. Pay attention to how he leads. The longer you fast, the more time you will have with Him.
Start your day by giving thanks and praise.
Read and think about God’s Word on your knees if you can.
Philippians 2:13 tells us to pray for the Holy Spirit to work in us so that we will and do what God desires.
Ask God to work through you. Ask Him to show you how to change your world, your family, your church, your community, your country, and even the world.
Pray that He shows you His will for your life and gives you the strength to do it.
Go back to praying and reading God’s Word.
Take a short walk to pray.
Spend time praying for leaders in your community and country, for the millions of people in the world who haven’t heard the gospel, for your family, or for those with special needs.
Get some time alone to “seek His face” without being rushed.
If other people are fasting with you, pray with them.
Don’t watch TV or do anything else that might take your mind off of God.
When you can, start and end each day by getting down on your knees and giving God praise and thanks. A regular eating plan is also important. A nutritionist, pastor, and expert on fasting and prayer, Dr. Julio C. Ruibal suggests a daily schedule and list of juices that you may find helpful and satisfying. Change this plan and the drinks you take to fit your needs and preferences.
5 a.m. – 8 a.m.
If the fruit is acidic, the juice should be freshly squeezed or blended and diluted with 50% distilled water. Most people like apple, pear, grapefruit, papaya, watermelon, or other fruit juices. If you can’t make your own juice, buy juices that don’t have added sugar or other things.
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Fresh vegetable juice made from equal amounts of lettuce, celery, and carrots
2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
A drop of honey in herbal tea Don’t drink black tea or any other tea with caffeine.
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Broth is made without salt by boiling potatoes, celery, and carrots. After the water has been boiling for about 30 minutes, pour it into a container and drink it.
How to fast on juice
Fruit juice will satisfy your hunger while also providing natural sugar energy.The taste and lift will give you the strength and motivation to keep going.
Fresh watermelon, lemons, grapes, apples, cabbage, beets, carrots, celery, or leafy green vegetables make the best juices. When it’s cold, you might like a warm vegetable broth.
For the sake of your stomach, mix acidic juices like orange and tomato with water.
Don’t drink drinks with caffeine. Don’t chew gum or mints, even if you have bad breath. They make your stomach work better at digesting food.
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