Biblical Fasting requires abstaining from food. Nowadays, some will fast from things such as social media or tv and while that is good, especially if you recognize these as idols in your life, I suggest fasting from food in conjunction.
Similar to tithing (Matthew 6:1-4), fasting should be done in secret, in Matthew 6:18 (NIV) says “so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
Usually, if I’m fasting, I tell my family ahead of time in case I’m cranky or feel weak and tired.
Fasting takes me to another spiritual level in my walk with Jesus than anything else. Fasting will also provide revelation to questions I’ve been asking the Lord for. Fasting is a sign of obedience. It allows us to remove something i.e. food from our physical flesh to become more in tune with our spiritual well being. In fact, science has proven many health benefits to normal fasting, such as healing from diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, depression, schizophrenia, etc (see Science of Fasting). God is always moving, however, there is a sense of more increase or shift in certain areas of my life when I fast. If you’re wondering what type of fast you should start, pray and seek the Holy Spirit to provide you the answer.
4 ways to fast from food:
1. The normal fast is going without food for a definite period during which you ingest only liquids (water and/or juice). The duration can be 1 day, 3 days, 1 week, 1 month or 40 days. Extreme care should be taken with longer fasts, which should only be attempted after medical advice from your physician. I definitely don’t recommend doing this if you’re pregnant. =)
9 types of Spiritual Fasts
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