Horizons Church
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
 Fasting Defined:
  • Abstaining from food for spiritual purposes
  • Laying aside any pleasurable and/or vital activity for a period of time in order to intensely pursue God.
 
Examples of Fasting
 
Scripture has so much to say about fasting- The list of those in the Bible who fasted reads like a "Who’s Who": Moses, David, Elijah, Esther, Daniel, Paul, and Jesus.
  • Exodus 34:28 - "So he [Moses] was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did not eat bread, and he did not drink water."
It’s how Jesus began His earthly ministry. In the words of John the Baptist - "He must increase and I must decrease…" (John 3:30)
  • Luke 4:1-2 - "Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led around by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And He ate nothing during those days, and when they had ended, He became hungry."
  • Luke 4:14a - "And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit,"
 
Types of Fasts
  • Total Fast (Water Only)
  • Partial Fast (Daniel Fast, Juice Fast or a meal a day)
  • Alternative Fast (Media, Telephone, etc.)
 
Purpose of Fasting
A way to seek God by denying the physical in order to focus on the spiritual…
…for this reason prayer and fasting must always go together.
 
Fasting helps us keep balance in this life.  How quickly we crave things of the flesh and become unbalanced.  Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 6:12, "All things are lawful for me, but I will not be enslaved to anything."  Our human cravings and desires are like rivers that tend to overflow their banks; fasting keeps our cravings in their proper channels.