On the first day of your Fast:
- Seek Christ-likeness: Ask God to bring to your mind every sin and spiritual shortfall that keeps you from being Christ-like. There is a BIG gap between Jesus and each of us. Confess everything that God brings to your mind (1 John 1:7-9).
- Seek Reconciliation & Forgiveness: If God brings anyone to your mind “who has something against you…before you bring your gift [of fasting] to the altar,” Jesus says to “go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift” (Matthew 5:23).
- Seek Spiritual Baptism / Filling: “Offer your body as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God” (Romans 12:1). As Jesus taught us to do, pray, fast and “wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about” (Acts 1:4). Reaffirm to God your need to be continually immersed and “filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 4:31; Ephesians 5:18).
- Remember Your True Enemy: As you engage in spiritual fasting, do not underestimate the spiritual opposition you may face. “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against…the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12). This is a universal principle and eternal truth: Prayer and fasting is the key to spiritual breakthrough.
We are providing you with the following tips to help you prepare for an extended fast. We pray this information will be beneficial to our readers.
- Wean the Sweets: Cut down on caffeine, salt, sugar etc. If you cut them off all of a sudden, expect to experience headaches, stomach-ache and a general feeling of discomfort.
- Eat Less, Not More: A few days before your fast, begin to eat smaller meals. Resist the temptation to eat a big “last supper” the night before the fast. Cutting down your meals a few days before signals your mind, stomach, and appetite for the fast.
- Become a Herbivore: Eat plenty of fruits and veggies, drink plenty of water. You’ll also want to avoid fried foods and fast food in the few days prior to your fast.
- Rest: Sleep is essential to regaining your strength. Without your usual food intake, your body is not functioning at maximum. As such, you need as much rest as you can get, and sleep is one way to do that.
- Exercise Later: Remember, as you fast, you may experience weakness and lightheadedness, so physical exercise is not ideal at this time. Give your attention to spiritual exercise: prayer, meditation, scripture memorization, praise, worship, etc.
- Protect Your Fast: Matthew 6:16-18 “Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 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.” Your fast is between you and God, so, there is no need to broadcast it before the world.
- Direct Your Fast: Write down the reasons you are fasting and memorize them. You will need to have a clear goal in mind in order to be successful. Know why you are fasting.
- Focus: You will want to avoid your daily distractions. This may include: TV, internet, talking on the phone, etc. A fast should be very focused – specifically focused on spiritual things and the things that pertain to God.
- Plan Ahead: Write down a list of activities for you to do during your fast. Also, you will want to avoid temptation. If you are completely sustaining from food and drink, it is not a good idea to attend the company’s holiday party or family gathering.
- Break Your Fast Gradually: At the end of your fast, do not fall into the temptation of jumping right into the thick of things. Do not eat everything that you can get your hands on. Instead, break your fast as slowly as you can. Eat soft food at first and stick to more liquids. Work your way to your normal consumption gradually.
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The time is upon us once again: Shiloh’s Annual 3-day consecration. Every year, we spend the last three days of the year (December 29th-31st) in a 3-day total fast. We spend this time setting our minds and bodies upon seeking the Lord’s will and rededicating our lives and purposes to Him. Last year, we gave you tips to prepare for a three day fast. We will start our fast on at 12:01AM on Saturday, December 29, 2012 and will continue until 11:59PM, Monday, December 31, 2012. We will have shut-in services at Shiloh Temple COGIC each day. The decision to have overnight shut-in will be at the discretion of our leaders.
Over the next couple of days, we will be giving you tips and instructions on how to prepare yourself for an extended fast.
prayer.. (Photo credit: aronki)
As we continue our end of the year consecration, it is important that we “direct our consecration.” During our prayer and shut-in, our pastor has been helping us to fast with a purpose in mind.
Many of us have things that we want God to do in our lives (saving loved ones, deliverance from bad habits and attitudes, spiritual renewal, etc.). Our pastor has asked for Shiloh to focus on preparing ourselves to do the work of the Lord.
Our pastor opened our consecration with teaching from Acts 13:2-5. After a period of praying and fasting, Paul and Barnabas were set apart by the Holy Ghost to do a work for the Lord. We all have a calling from God to do a particular work, but we must take time to prepare ourselves to do that work. What does this mean?
It means we must develop our character, stir up our gifts, and make the necessary sacrifices to obtain the blessings of God. We must take time to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord through prayer and Bible study. We must seek God to know and develop our gifts and talents so that God would be glorified in all that we do. Finally, we must be sure to promote relationships that further nurture and develop our spiritual man. As we do these things, we will begin to experience God in a new and more awesome way. Be blessed!
- Consecrated to God (soaringwithgod.com)
- The Only Purpose of Your Life (deaconjohnspace.wordpress.com)
Today is the first day of Shiloh’s annual three-day consecration. Ideally, this is the first day of a three-day fast. For this reason, it is important that we offer you a disclaimer. Persons taking medications should be mindful of their medical condition and use caution when fasting. Some medications require that you eat before taking them, and you should not take these medications without food on your stomach. There may be adverse effects to doing so. So please use wisdom as you proceed.
Yesterday, we mentioned an article by Dr. Bill Bright entitled, “Your Personal Guide to Prayer and Fasting” (http://www.ccci.org/training-and-growth/devotional-life/7-steps-to-fasting/01-personal-guide.htm). Today, we will be focusing on some tips about fasting throughout the course of your day.
- During your fast, the first day or two, you may feel irritable or weak. For this reason, it may be best to lighten your workload or laborious exercise. Our body uses food as energy and without food, we are less able to engage in physical exertion.
- Do not neglect the spiritual. The point of a fast is to abstain from physical sustenance and to feed the “spiritual man.” For this reason, we have to give ourselves to much prayer and bible reading.
- If your work schedule does not allow you to pray and read your bible, you can read during your breaks and meditate on scripture when you are not able to read. If your work permits, you can also spend time listening to Bible teachings, sermons, or Christian songs.
Tomorrow, Shiloh will begin our annual three-day consecration. This is the time of the year when we prepare our hearts and humble ourselves before God so that we can gain new direction and new insight into our lives for the upcoming year. Over the next three days, we will be giving ourselves to God through prayer, fasting, and seeking God in His Word. As we begin this fast, I thought it would be helpful to share some information on how to prepare for a fast.
When beginning a fast, it is important to make both spiritual and physical preparation. The following information was gathered from Dr. Bill Bright’s “Your Personal Guide to Prayer and Fasting” (http://www.ccci.org/training-and-growth/devotional-life/personal-guide-to-fasting/05-spiritual-and-physical-preparation.htm). There is much more information on this website that I would urge you to skim through in your personal time. Here are a few tips to help you when you are preparing to fast:
- Examine your heart for any unconfessed sin and repent for sins known and unknown, obvious and less obvious.
- Yield yourself over to the Holy Spirit by asking Him to clean your heart from any sins, attitudes, and/or behaviors that are not pleasing to God.
- Prepare your heart and mind to be open to whatever God reveals to you during the time of your fast.
- To prepare your body for fasting, eat smaller meals and eat less frequently to communicate to your mind and body that it is okay to function on less food.
- Also, begin to wean yourself from caffeine and sugars. Sugars and caffeine increase the appetite and will make your body more resistant to a fast, which involves you abstaining from food.
- Finally, avoid “pigging out” before you begin your fast. The key thing to remember is that you are preparing your body to abstain from food for an extended amount of time, and this will send a different message to your body.