Sunday January 5, 2014 – Fasting helps us take our focus off of food and the world around us and center it on Christ. In taking away our concentration of eating and drinking, during that time we can pray, come to Christ with a desire to want Jesus more than anything else.
Fasting is a longing to be with Jesus. – Pastor Dwayne Terry
Acts 13:1-3 – Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.
Matthew 9:14-15 – Then John’s disciples came and asked him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?” 15 Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.
- Fasting was associated with mourning.
- Jesus was changing the context to longing for Him.
2 Corinthians 5:8 – We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
Matthew 9:16-17 – “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. 17 Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”
Fasting creates the opportunity to rely less on food and more on God. Matthew 4:4 – Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread
alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
- Make a plan
- Full food/water only
- Full food/juicing
- Daniel fast
- Periods of fasting
- During the fast – read, keep a log, help kids fast