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Fasting - List of Ways to Fast

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    Fasting - List of Ways to Fast

    Fasting for spiritual reasons is usually abstaining from all food, eating very little food, or avoiding specific types of food for a pre-determined length of time. In the Old Testament, there were specific days set aside for fasting.

    Jesus began His ministry by observing a 40 day fast. Prior to the fast, he was "filled with the Holy Spirit" according to Luke 4:1.


    Following the time of fasting, "...Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit" as recorded in Luke 4:14.

    5 links to articles on fasting:

    7 Books on fasting:

    • Shaping History through Prayer and Fasting by Derek Prince
    • The Hidden Power of Prayer and Fasting by Mahesh Chavda
    • How To Fast Successfully By Derek Prince
    • Prayer and Fasting By Kingsley Fletcher
    • 7 Basic Steps to Successful Fasting and Prayer By Bill Bright
    • God’s Chosen Fast By Arthur Wallis
    • A Hunger For God By John Piper
    13 Things to fast:

    • All food and drink - Total fast
    • All food, drinking only water - Water only fast
    • All food, drinking juice and water - Juice only fast
    • All food except fruits and vegetables (Sometimes called a Daniel fast)
    • All meat
    • Red meat
    • Specific food or foods such as sugar, caffeine, desserts, chocolate, treats, alcohol, etc.
    • Eating out, fast food, etc.
    • Total media fast (television, movies, secular music) including online activities - blogging, social networking, etc. Could also include all reading material other than the Bible
    • Secular television, movies, and music
    • Unnecessary online activities including social networking sites
    • Social networking i.e. FaceBook, Twitter, IM, chatrooms
    • Shopping for non-essentials
    12 benefits of fasting

    Based on Isaiah 58 as listed in The Hidden Power of Prayer and Fasting by Mahesh Chavdah (page 40)

    • Revelation
    • Healing and wholeness
    • Righteousness
    • The presence of the shekinah glory of God
    • Answered prayers
    • Continual guidance
    • Contentment
    • Refreshing
    • Strength
    • Work that endures (like an every-flowing spring)
    • Raising up of future generations
    • Restoration
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