Fasting by Jentezen Franklin with DVD (Video at bottom of post)
Fasting PDF by Desiring God.org
Fasting Information PDF by IHOP, (Great tips for preparing your physical body)
FREE Daniel Fast Cookbook by saintjohn.net (Great recipes)
FREE small Bible study on Fasting PDF by getgreaterlife.org
Long study on Fasting PDF: Atomic Power with God by shiloabooks.com (very informative)
Ok now. Let's get down to business.
What is fasting?
"Fasting is primarily the act of willingly abstaining from some or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time. An absolute fast is normally defined as abstinence from all food and liquid for a defined period, usually a single day (24 hours), or several days. Other fasts may be only partially restrictive, limiting particular foods or substance. The fast may also be intermittent in nature (see: Intermittent fasting). Fasting practices may preclude sexual and other activities as well as food."
Simply put, fasting is abstaining from some or all food. In these modern days, if a person is just learning to fast, there are other things that they could fast before fasting food. Sort of a ramping up. I know people who have fasted TV, internet, secular music, FaceBook, sugar, video games, and junk food just to name a few.
Why should a Christian fast?
Well, why should a Christian pray? Why should a Christian give? Check this out.
Matthew 6:2, 5, 16
“So when you give to the poor..."
“When you pray..."
“Whenever you fast..."
The Bible says, when you give, when you pray, and when you fast. It doesn't say when you give, when you pray, IF you fast! Most of my life, that has been the teaching that has been implied. Praying is essential, fasting is optional. Not true! Those words in Matthew were Jesus' words! They were straight from our Lord Himself. Amen?
Here is a VERY powerful fasting sermon by Jentezen Franklin. If you are serious about learning to fast, the resources in this post will help you tremendously.