Sunday, October 23, 2016

Life in the Fasting Lane -Mazizi (Marathon Series)

“And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.         -(Matthew 6:16-18)

Fasting is not:

  • A way for us to qualify for answers to prayer
  • A hunger strike to manipulate God to do what we want
  • Something done to show others how spiritual we are
  • Something done by "super spiritual" people
Fasting is:
  • A way in which we rid ourselves of distractions so we can focus entirely on God
  • A way in which we become more aware of our dependence on God
  • A way in which we submit ourselves entirely to God
  • A way in which we intensify prayer and engage in spiritual warfare as we face "impossible" situations (e.g. Mark 9:14-29)
  • A way in which we become more sensitive to God`s voice in our situation
There are several types of Fast:
  1. Partial fast: you restrict your diet rather than abstaining completely
  2. Normal fast: you abstain from all solid and liquid foods, but not from water
  3. Absolute fast: you abstain completely from food and drink
Learning how to fast:
  1. Start gradually: perhaps weekly with a partial fast then move to a one day normal fast
  2. Ask God to protect your time and to strengthen your resolve
  3. Declare your intention to someone else who will hold you accountable
Prayer and Fasting makes us sensitive to the Lord`s voice. It enables us to hear Him above the din of others voices around us. When you fast, expect to hear from God. Expect Him to reveal Himself to you in a greater way. Expect to receive specific instructions for your personal life. Expect Him to correct you and to show you things about the future.               -Linda Ochola

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