By Ajeeth Sing
Copyright Ajeeth Sing 2016
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If I was to ask you, how did you break your fast this morning? Like many, you might respond, I am not fasting.
Now consider this, the breakfast you had this morning, was you actually breaking fast. Notice the word breakfast is made up of two words; break fast. Not many of us realise this.
In this way, we all have fasted but is this what Christian fasting is all about? Surely not.
This ebook has been written not to be a definitive authority on Fasting but rather as a source to share some thoughts on fasting and to answer the question of what Christian fasting is and what does God expects of us when we fast.
It is my prayer that as you read this ebook, that you would be blessed by it and that your eyes of your understanding would be enlightened and that you grow closer in your relationship and walk with God your Heavenly Father who loves you unconditionally.
What is Christian Fasting?
To start off with, what is Christian fasting? Christian fasting is the voluntary denying of the flesh through the willful abstinence of solid food or in some instances, certain types of food, for a predefined period of time and this is done with the purposeful intent of pursuing, seeking after and drawing closer to God. To effectively achieve this, fasting must be accompanied with prayer. It is in prayer that we ask in Jesus name, our requests from God.
Fasting helps the Believer to effectively discipline the flesh and puts the Believer in a position to correctly seek after God and God’s perfect will for their lives.
Throughout Scripture we find various accounts of those who sought after God with fasting and prayer and the victories that then followed in their lives.
The Types of Christian Fasts
Sometimes the fast is to abstain from certain types of food, an example would be to abstain from all types of solid foods, or abstaining from meat, or even abstaining from ‘soul satisfying foods and treats’ such like chocolates, sweets and other similar types of soul satisfying foods and treats.
Sometimes a person will choose to abstain from meat and bread and during this time eat only vegetables for a defined period of time during a fast. This is commonly referred to as a Daniel’s fast.
Sometimes a person does what is referred to as a dry fast. This is when the person goes without solid food or fluids for a predefined period of time.
Personally for me, the drinking of fluids during a fast is acceptable. Consider when Satan tempted Jesus, the temptation was to turn the rocks into bread and there is no mention of Jesus being tempted with anything to drink. Satan could only tempt Jesus, with what Jesus had done without during His fast, that is, Jesus had done without solid food during His fast.
The Duration of the Fast
Sometimes you might feel that God is leading (directing or prompting) you to fast and pray. Always make certain it is God who is leading (directing or prompting) you to fast and pray and then in obedience do that which God has lead (prompted or directed) you. This would also include the duration and the type of fast.
In most instances, the duration of the fast is defined and decided upon by the person doing the fast. Some might decide to fast for a few minutes, an hour, or a day or even days. The duration of the fast is between you and God.
Some sound thoughts concerning Fasting
One must be responsible when deciding to fast and on the type and duration of the fast. If you are sick or on medication or under any treatment, always consult with your doctor first and obtain their approval first before commencing a fast.
If you make the decision to fast and pray, please be responsible and in advance give careful thought to the type of fast that you want to do and the duration of the fast. Always make sure that you are indeed led and directed by God here and always let God’s peace be your umpire here (see Colossians 3:15).
Some good habits and pointers when Fasting
A fast is between you and God (see Matthew 6:17).
When you fast, you should also pray, otherwise without praying, it would then be similar to a weight loss program. Pray with your understanding and pray in The Spirit / praying in tongues (see 1 Corinthians 14:15, Romans 8:26, Matthew 6:6, Matthew 6:28, Jude 1:20, Mark 16:17, Acts 2:4 and 1 Corinthians 12:10).
Should you at present not have the gift of speaking in tongues, then I would encourage you to ask God for this gift of speaking / praying in tongues. Ask and you shall receive. Ask in faith, believing, doubting nothing and by faith receive from God with thanksgiving. Remember faith works by love, so walk in Godly love all the time. All the days of your life, love God and love your fellow man and do that which is right and good in the sight of God (see Galatians 5:6, Matthew 22:37-40 and Deuteronomy 6:18).
Together with fasting and praying, you should also ensure that you give to those less fortunate than yourself. In Matthew Chapter 6, Jesus said, when you pray… and when you fast… and when you give… (see Matthew Chapter 6 verses 3, 6 & 16).
Notice Jesus clearly expressed these three attributes of a Christian together. These attributes of a Christian are to fast, pray and give to those less fortunate than yourself and all of these attributes should always be done being rooted and grounded in Godly love.
What does God expect of you when you fast?
Isaiah 58:6-7, “Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?”
Concluding Thoughts concerning Fasting and Praying
I would encourage you today and in the days to come to seek after and to draw near and walk with God your Heavenly Father. This can be done with fasting and can also be done without fasting but must be done in prayer.
Should you choose to fast and pray, make certain that you are led and directed by God here and let God’s peace be your umpire here (see Colossians 3:15). If your peace is disturbed or troubled or you are not at ease concerning doing a fast, do not proceed with fasting. Do not condemn yourself should you decide not to fast. Remember you can still seek after and draw near to God by praying, through praise and worship and by reading the Word of God.
Do you know the truth?
Eternity, where are you going to spend it? in heaven or in hell. It is a serious matter. Stop and take a moment to think about where you will spend eternity.
Just like heaven is a real place, so too is hell. The Bible describes hell as a place where the fire is not quenched and where the worm does not die.
Hell is a real place that was prepared for Satan, his co-host and for those who are separated from God by sin.
The good news is, it is not God’s will that any human being spend eternity in hell. God loves you so much, that He gave the Lord Jesus Christ, that who so ever believes in Jesus, should not perish in hell but have everlasting life in heaven (John 3:16).
The reality is, the choice is yours. Whilst you are alive on earth, you decide where you will spend eternity.
God has made a way for you to be forgiven from your sins and to be no longer separated by sin from Him. The way that God has made is through His Son Jesus.
Jesus was born so that He could die on the Cross of Calvary to pay the price for the forgiveness of your sins and wrong doings. God loves you so much that God gave His very best, by giving His Son Jesus to pay the price so that you could be forgiven from your sins and wrong doings.
If you choose to accept the way that God has made for you to come to Him and to be forgiven from your sins, then please pray the Prayer for Salvation that follows.
Heavenly Father God, I come to You, through the Lord Jesus Christ and I ask You to please have mercy on me and to save me.
Dear Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and into my life. I confess that I am a sinner and that I have sinned and have done wrong. I am sorry for my sins and wrong doings and I choose to turn from them now.
Dear Lord Jesus, I confess with my mouth that you are Lord of my life and I believe with my whole heart that You died on the cross for my sins and that God raised You from the dead. I ask You, to please forgive me of all of my sins and wrong doings and to wash me in Your precious blood.
Heavenly Father, I also ask that Your Holy Spirit would give me the life of heaven that I may be born again. Please help me to live a life that is pleasing and acceptable to You.
Dear Lord Jesus, I also ask that You baptize me and fill me with God the Holy Spirit.
Thank You for answer to my prayer, for I pray and ask all of this now, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
Welcome to the family of God. I would encourage you to read and follow God’s word as found in The Holy Bible and I would also encourage you to find and attend a good church where the Word of God is taught and practiced.
The Prayer for Salvation that is contained in this ebook has been written on some of the scriptural references below.
It is my prayer that as you read these scriptures as found in The Holy Bible, that your understanding would increase and that you be drawn closer to God your Heavenly Father who loves you unconditionally.
John 3:16-17, English Standard Version
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
Romans 10:8-10, English Standard Version
But what does it say? The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
Acts 4:12, English Standard Version
And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
Ephesians 2:8-9, English Standard Version
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Romans 5:8, English Standard Version
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Isaiah 55:6-7, English Standard Version
Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
Romans 5:1, English Standard Version
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
John 10:28-29, English Standard Version
I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.
1 John 2:2, English Standard Version
He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.
Mark 16:16, English Standard Version
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
Acts 2:38, English Standard Version
And Peter said to them, Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
John 3:16-18, The Message
“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.
Romans 10:4-10, The Message
The earlier revelation was intended simply to get us ready for the Messiah, who then puts everything right for those who trust him to do it. Moses wrote that anyone who insists on using the law code to live right before God soon discovers it’s not so easy—every detail of life regulated by fine print! But trusting God to shape the right living in us is a different story—no precarious climb up to heaven to recruit the Messiah, no dangerous descent into hell to rescue the Messiah. So what exactly was Moses saying? The word that saves is right here, as near as the tongue in your mouth, as close as the heart in your chest. It’s the word of faith that welcomes God to go to work and set things right for us. This is the core of our preaching. Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!”
About the Author
Ajeeth Sing is an ordained Christian Minister who has been faithfully involved in ministry for many years.
Ajeeth is also the Founder and President of The Light of Life Christian Ministries.
The Light of Life Christian Ministries
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Author’s Note: This ebook has been written by Ajeeth Sing aka as The Light of Life Christian Ministries. The intent of this ebook is to make available and teach the uncompromised Word of God. All praise, glory, honour and thanks, be to God and God alone.
If I was to ask you, how did you break your fast this morning? Like many, you might respond, I am not fasting. Now consider this, the breakfast you had this morning, was you actually breaking fast. Notice the word breakfast is made up of two words; break fast. Not many of us realise this. In this way, we all have fasted but is this what Christian fasting is all about? Surely not. This ebook has been written not to be a definitive authority on Fasting but rather as a source to share some thoughts on fasting and to answer the question of what Christian fasting is and what does God expects of us when we fast.