But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. Matthew 6:17-18
· Is primarily the act of willingly abstaining from some or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time. An absolute fast is normally defined as abstinence from all food and liquid for a defined period, usually a single day (24 hours), or several days.
Fasting has great reward. God reveals to us in the book of Isaiah the fast that He has chosen for us.
Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy reward. Isaiah 58:6-8
1. Absolute fast: Eat nothing for a 24 hour period
2. Partial Fast: Eat only certain kinds of food and liquid such as; broth, juice, fruits and vegetables for 24 hours or a designated period of time. (Example: from midnight until 3pm or from sun up to sun down (same day).
3. You can also choose to fast 1 or 2 meals in a given day.
Please remember to pray and read your bible during your fast. Spending time with God is your main focus. If you have never been on a fast or you have medical conditions that prohibit you from fasting please see me and/or consult your medical doctor if you are under their care.
Sister Cathy Harris