As we enter into the week of our personal and corporate time of spiritual consecration in prayer and fasting, here are some facts about fasting.



Then I proclaimed a fast . . . that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from Him.
– Ezra 8:21


So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer.
– Ezra 8:23 


They sat there before the Lord and fasted that day until evening and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord.
– Judges 20:26


Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything. Let them not feed or drink water . . . and let them call out mightily to God.
– Jonah 3:7-8


Solemn Assembly 2024

FASTING is a tremendous spiritual tool given to us by the Lord. It is a powerful weapon that, when utilized properly, helps to break and destroy debilitating yokes that have been devised to shackle and hamper God’s people.

Fasting, the great partner of prayer, is a spiritual aid God uses to deliver us from self-centeredness and self-mindedness. Fasting helps us become Christ-centered and Christ-minded. It, combined with prayer, allows us remove the hindrances, and to see and embrace all that the Lord has designed for us.

Consider the following – Fasting is a spiritual practice, outlined in both the Old and New Testament and read the following passages linked here: Isaiah 58 and Matthew 6:16-18

Fasting is a spiritual tool utilized by those greatly used of God such as Moses, David, Esther, Daniel, Paul, and Jesus Christ Himself.

Fasting is a denial of one thing, in order to be open to and to receive another. Fasting involves abstinence, but fasting is not simply a denial. Properly practiced, it is a denial of the flesh in order to liberate and enhance the spirit. Someone has described it as eating a nut. You must crack open the hard outer shell to eat and enjoy the tender fruit.

The Bible describes various types or categories of fasts:

  • Regular Fast: abstaining from all food, solid or liquid, but not from water. o This type is described in Luke 4:2 as Jesus was in the wilderness and afterward was hungry.

  • Absolute Fast: abstaining from all food and water. o This type of fast is described in Ezra 9, Ezra 10; Esther 4:16 o By Moses in Deuteronomy 9:9, 9:18; and Exodus 34:28; and Paul in Acts 9:9

  • Partial Fast: abstaining from certain foods. This type is described in Daniel chapter 1 and in Daniel chapter 10.



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ALL VEGETABLES AND FRUITS: fresh, dried, juiced, frozen, dehydrated or canned. At a minimum avoid meats and desserts. However, if you want to give up more foods, see the list of food items below.
ALL WHOLE GRAINS: amaranth, brown rice, whole-grain pasta, quinoa, whole wheat, barley, whole-grain tortillas, popcorn, millet, oats, kamut/khorasan wheat, teff, etc. MEAT AND ANIMAL PRODUCTS: chicken, lamb, pork, beef, fish, seafood, etc.
ALL BEANS AND LEGUMES (canned or dried): chickpeas, black beans, pinto beans, lentils, Great Northern, kidney beans, black-eyed peas, cannellini beans, etc. DAIRY AND EGG PRODUCTS: milk, cheese, butter, cream, eggs, mayo etc.
ALL NUTS AND SEEDS: cashews, almonds, walnuts, chia seeds, flax seeds, pistachios, pecans, pumpkin seeds, etc. SWEETENERS: sugar, honey, agave, syrups, molasses, cane sugar, etc.
SELECT BEVERAGES: natural fruit juices (no sugar or corn syrup), spring water, distilled water, and unsweetened sparkling water. LEAVENED BREAD: baked goods and breads made with honey and yeast
ALL QUALITY OILS: olive, grapeseed, peanut, sesame. DEEP-FRIED FOODS: potato chips, French fries, corn chips, etc.
OTHERS: tofu, tempeh, vinegar, seasonings, herbs, and spices. SOLID FATS: shortening, margarine, lard, etc.
  SOME BEVERAGES: coffee, tea, carbonated drinks, energy drinks, alcohol, teas, juices with added sugars and flavoring, kombucha, etc.