Sunday, February 14, 2016
HOW TO FAST
—Mike Teel, Pastor
Matthew 6:1, 5, 16-18
4Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven;
5 And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full;
16 When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Fasting Defined: Fasting is the willful abstaining from things resulting in increasing our communion and fellowship with God. Thing abstained from might be in the form of food or entertainment or something else.
How To PROCEED
Why are you doing the fast?
Determine the TYPE of fast:
· Food Fast / Water Only Fast (1 Samuel 20:34)
· Absolute Fast (Exodus 34:28)
· Daniel-type Fast (Daniel 10:3)
· Juice Fast
· Sundown Fast
· Alternatives to Food Fasts (I Corinthians 7:3-6, Johua 6:18, Acts 15:29)
DURATION of the Fast:
· One Day Fast (II Samuel 3:35)
· One Night or 24 hour Fast (Daniel 6:18)
· Three Day Fast (Ester 4:16)
· Seven Day Fast (I Samuel 31:13)
· 40 Day Fast (Exodus 34:28, Matthew 4:2)
The Launch (Jeremiah 36:6)
Evening Retirement – Bed Time (Proverbs 18:15)
Morning Wake Up (Psalm 9:1 and Psalms 119:11, 27)
Normal Daily Duties (Ephesians 5:18-19)
LIVE IT OUT
Fasting will not be beneficial unless you have a personal relationship with God. Do you know for certain if you were to die today, you would go to heaven?
What issue in your life do you need to fast over? (Matthew 17:20-21)
Will you seek God and determine how He might want you to join others from our church in fasting for the furtherance of the Kingdom of God?