1. Why Am I Fasting?

This may seem like a no brainer, but often people fast just because they want to try it out. While there is nothing wrong with giving fasting a shot, you should absolutely have at least one clear focus for your fast.

You should be fasting FOR SOMETHING. Even if your reason for fasting is not some material manifestation, but rather for a closer relationship with God, you should still have at least one clearly defined prayer request.

“Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek of him a straight way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance.” – Ezra 8:21

“Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast in like manner; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.” – Esther 4:16

Scripturally the people in each recorded instance of fasting had a specific reason for fasting. They were seeking something from the Lord, something very important to them.

Zig Ziglar once said, “if you aim at nothing you’ll hit your target every time “. Without a focused request that you petition the Lord for, you’ll have nothing to praise the Lord for at the end except for sustaining you through the process. You’ll be robbed of the awesome pleasure of glorifying God by proclaiming how he answered your specific prayer and strengthened your faith in the process.

Having a clear reason for seeking the Lord also keeps you focused on the end of your fasting. You have a reason to endure all the hunger and discomfort because the hope of your reward outweighs the pain of your sacrifice.


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