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Challenge for Change |What are the Different Types of Fasting?

Do you have a need for healing, a miracle, or direction, or simply want to grow closer to the Father? Then join us (Prayer Warriors) in this challenge of 21 days of prayer and liquid fasting. We are going before the Most High through Yahshua seeking his face for repentance, healing, deliverance from demonic forces, and strongholds. Join us as we pray for peace and reconciliation in our world and for family strength.

 



Praying and Fasting Can Be a Blessing to Our Families


Praying and fasting can help us strengthen ourselves and our families. Our prayers for guidance are made more powerful because fasting emphasizes the earnestness of our prayers. Furthermore, when we fast and pray, we turn away from the things of the world and recognize our dependence on the Lord. In this way, we open our hearts to learn and accept God’s will for us and our families.


Prayer and fasting also increase our ability to use the priesthood effectively. Both we and others are blessed when we learn that the power of the priesthood can be used only when we live the principles of righteousness.


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Types of Fasts and Biblical Context


There are three different types of fasts. 1. The Regular Fast also 2. The Supernatural Fast and 3. The Complete Fast.


Regular Fast– Traditionally, a regular fast means refraining from eating all food. Most people still drink water or juice during a regular fast. When Jesus fasted in the desert, the Bible says, “After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.” This verse does not mention Jesus being thirsty.

This is where most people start. Whether denying yourself food or some other pleasure, an occasional fast that lasts six, twelve, or twenty-four hours is the most manageable. Nevertheless, you must treat it with the same sincerity as a longer fast. It is not insignificant just because it is short. But it does allow you to move gently into the discipline and to let the Lord instruct you. You are not necessarily making a commitment to do this type of fast again, as it is a one-time fast for a specific purpose.


Partial Fast– This type of fast generally refers to omitting a specific meal from your diet or refraining from certain types of foods. Daniel 10:2-3 says, “At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips, and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.” In Daniel chapter 1, they restricted their diet to vegetables and water.

Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Daniel 1:12

This is normally a regular act of abstinence, for example, one day a week. You may abstain from food, or make some other sacrifice. This type of fast is a way of integrating the spiritual discipline of fasting into your life on an ongoing basis. Partial fasts (denying yourself one or more specific foods) are useful because they help you establish a routine.


Complete Fast– These fasts are complete – no food and no drink. Acts 9:9 describes when Paul went on a full fast for three days following his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus: “For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.” Esther also called for this type of fast in chapter 4. It is recommended that this type of fast be done with extreme caution and not for extended periods of time.

Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: ‘Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will as fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.’ Esther 4:15-16

Giving up food and drink for a specific period of time is not easy. However, once you learn how to only be filled with the Holy Spirit, and not food or drink, you will be rewarded by the Lord. The last two Bible verses that I am going to provide for you is in Matthew chapter six. This scripture specifically references that when a believer fasts in secret that they will be rewarded by the Father.

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 6:17-18

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