As the International House of Prayer in Kansas City (IHOP) says Again, sharing from the International House of Prayer’s fasting guidelines (below). Physically. Prayer and Fasting. Apostolic Prayers · Devotional Prayer · Fasting Guidelines for the Prophetic Ministry. Date:October 16, Author:Mike Bickle. Fasting is to voluntarily abstain from eating/drinking for an extended period of time. “Eating” and “drinking” can Fasting Guidelines: • Explain to your family in .

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We would not encourage this without strong medical supervision, particularly in the case of young people. Rather than waiting for a crisis, spiritual leaders fast regularly to prepare themselves, and others, for the day of trial. I am one who is hungry, called to taste all the goodness that can be mine in Christ.

The following is a general overview of biblical precedent and guidelines for wise fasting to help and encourage you. A water-only fast has been undertaken by many people. We ask Him to give us His heart and mind, the very prayers Jesus is praying now in heaven, Heb 7: Lord may our motivation be you and your Kingdom; may we choose time in prayer and with you as our reward.

Sometimes God allows our stumbling to expose weakness, prevent pride, and show us how unsatisfying food is compared to the pleasure of knowing Him more.

This should be done early during the fast and then intermittently throughout the rest of the fast. Use a natural bristle body brush or loofah sponge on your skin prior to bathing, to help cleanse the skin.

Abstaining from all food for guidelined periods of time is biblical, but was rare and unusual in Scripture Ex.

They cannot, so long as they have him with them. Avoid high-fat and sugary foods before the fast.

We care about the church. Plan to fast regularly, one day per week if you can. The practice of fasting in Scripture usually includes, but is not limited to, abstinence from food Dan. Regular fasting builds devotion and will impact your heart over time, bringing a good harvest see Galatians 6: We must prepare ourselves adequately so that the fast can honor God and fulfill its purpose. This may be easier to do than you think and harder to spot! Only He can satisfy our deepest longings, and He alone is our greatest need John 4: This is not intended as medical advice; please check with your doctor first if you have any health issues or concerns.


God is our reward for fasting, not the praise of men. Example meals for the first few days are a pound of fruit, a baked or boiled potato without butter, steamed vegetables, or a vegetable-only salad without oil-based dressing.

This is not intended as medical advice; please check with your doctor first if you have any health issues or concerns. You should not use this information for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication.

He must become greater; I must become less. Fasting rooted in and rising out of desire for Him makes sense and holds greater appeal to me.

Fasting Is Always Voluntary Though spiritual leaders may invite others to join in corporate fasting with a specific goal in mind and for a specific time, fasting can never be forced or made compulsory.

Some fast an entire day each week, such as Tuesdays; others do twenty-four hours, from dinner one day until dinner the next. What if someone offers you food? Even if it gets hard, the Lord loves to help in our weakness, and His grace is more than enough 2 Corinthians Minors are discouraged from fasting food and should always ask their parents before doing any fasting.

This one lowly penny depicted so clearly to me His love for the preciousness of every person and so vividly illustrated to me this truth. Make your commitment and determine the length. In this life, trials are commonplace, but God uses them to grow us as He moves us toward His best.


A fruit or vegetable juice fast allows faxting to enter into fasting but still gives enough energy to function. Avoid bananas for the first few days; they have no juice in them and can easily cause constipation.

We must allow God to purify our souls, recognizing that these things came up for a reason, instead of masking the pain with other behaviors.

Tips for Fasting

But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them, and on that day they will fast. Thus we willingly set aside a little comfort so we can listen and attend to the voice and nourishment of God alone. Take a prayer walk or read your Bible during lunch—whatever keeps your mind on God and off food. This is another reason to fast weekly: The bottom line is that God is jealous for you Exodus Even one-day fasts should be broken gently, by eating a small meal and stopping at the first sign of feeling full.

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Also do some deep breathing throughout the day by inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth. If strength permits, walk half an hour during the day to help cleanse the lungs. Regard your devotion to God as holy, something set apart just for Him. Setting a vision for your fast—spiritual breakthrough, a renewed heart, or simply more of God—can help keep your focus on the Lord.

That joy is mine, and it is now complete.