PRAYER AND FASTING
How Do I Fast?
Before beginning a fast, it is good to write down a plan and make a verbal commitment to the Lord. In Habakkuk 2 God speaks to Habakkuk and tells him to write the vision down on tablets… even though it may tarry it will surely come to pass. Determine and make up your mind no matter what, you will stay committed to what you set yourself to do. When you approach it with determination, you’ll be less likely to waiver in weak moments.
Fasting on its own is just starving yourself. However, fasting combined with prayer and reading His word allows us to go deeper with Him. You may want to take time out of your day to day routine and take a break from distractions such facebook, twitter.
It is helpful to have a fasting journal and write down ideas and thoughts the Lord is speaking to you about. As you fast and seek His face you draw nearer to Him; you become very attentive to what He has to say. While you are attentive to Him, write down ideas and visions you feel God is speaking to you about so when you are done your fast you can meditate on what God has spoken to you about.
Benefits Surrounding Fasting
There is a mis-conception that fasting is unhealthy for the human body when in fact, fasting actually helps to cleanse the body. The human body generally has enough fat to live off of for weeks, providing they are well hydrated.
When the body has no new sources of fuel coming in, it must use excess sugar and carbohydrates stored as fat to produce the energy it needs. Digesting food takes a lot of the body's energy. Fasting works by redirecting energy away from the digestive process to the immune system. It benefits the body in much the same way as do rest and sleep. It can actually aid individuals in recovering faster from illness or injury. Healing occurs, as the body is able to use more energy to repair damaged bone, tissue or organs.
Fasting contributes to a longer life by cleaning the body of harmful toxins; therefore, chemicals absorbed into the body from the environment are stored in the body's fat. When a person fasts, the body must rely on these reserves, as an energy source. As the body breaks down fat, toxins are released and eliminated through the function of organs like the liver, kidneys, colon, lungs, and skin.
Overall fasting improves immune system function, increases energy, lowers systolic blood pressure, body temperature, and cholesterol, in addition to lowering glucose levels in the blood.
Drink a lot of liquid, especially water! A common mistake when fasting’ is to not drink, but it is essential that you are drinking. As you fast your body uses energy and body fat meaning you have less energy. This means you must drink to keep up your energy.
Try to keep your exercising to a minimal. As said before, you will have less energy than normal meaning if you are exercising you are using the little energy that you have. You will find you are tired easily and may become dizzy. If your job requires a lot of manual labor than maybe consider a Daniel fast or a partial fast so you are maintaining some sort of calories within your body.
Try and rest your body without over exerting yourself. Sleep will help you as it will help to give you energy. Remember that you are in taking less energy than normal, so be wise during your times of fasting.
Overall just remember that the side effects of fasting can be fatigue, dizziness, weakness and weight loss. These are all normal when fasting but as said before make sure you are drinking a lot of water and liquids.
*If you have any health issues, it is wise to consult your doctor before beginning any fast.