One of the most telling passages in which fasting is mentioned is Matthew 6:16, where Jesus is teaching His disciples basic principles of godly living. Why should we fast? Elmer Towns, Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough (Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1996), 119 And Joshua rent his clothes, and fell to the earth on his face before the ark of the LORD until the eventide, he and the elders of Israel, and put dust on their heads. Fasting Day 16: Targeting Decisions (The Saint Paul Fast) A re you facing decisions this month, this year – things for which you need wisdom and direction? During the Saint Paul Fast, we target our choices and decisions. Decisions can impact our destinies. American King James Version×; Luke 4:2 Luke 4:2Being forty days tempted of the devil. American King James Version×). Our answer is not inside of us, it exists externally, in Christ. David sought comfort from God in times of sorrow at the loss of beloved friends. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungry. Thank you for your response…not to worry, I am only doing it for 3 days. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”, I still dont understand what to eat on the fast please explain. [17] Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? Life presents major decisions that are crucial to our future. @V�쎞�����>M?|{�]�/_}���{Iڴ�ЯU���Ě.�ፎN9c؄��T�iJ�Mi��ue D * Moses fasted 40 days on Mount Horeb before God gave him the two tables of testimony (Exodus 34:28-29 Exodus 34:28-29 [28] And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. In the midst of devastating illness, Natalie Nichols came to rely on the Word of God to sustain her – and now through Shades of Grace Ministries, she shares a heartfelt message of God’s comfort for life’s trials, inspiring others to seek and apply the Word of God in every circumstance. Send inquiries regarding the operation of this Web site to webmaster@ucg.org. [18] And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. If you take away from the middle of you the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity; Behold, in the day of your fast you find pleasure, and exact all your labors. It was also an admission that his past actions were wrong. Entering the Saint Paul fast means asking the Holy Spirit to be your teacher. Ministries | Natalie Nichols. And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights to Horeb the mount of God. One way we focus on Him and His will is through fasting. He laid his hands on Saul and Saul the persecutor became Paul the apostle. He already knows what is there. [15] And Nathan departed to his house. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. God spoke to Paul personally, but He also gave additional insight and direction through Ananias. [7] Is it not to deal your bread to the hungry, and that you bring the poor that are cast out to your house? The goal is that we know it. Privacy Policy  Terms of Use. God made the body so that it has to have water—you cannot go longer than seven days without it. It turned around instantly. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me…and even though I don't know you, there might just be a message our Creator is giving you via this engagement.God Bless. amzn_assoc_title = "More from Elmer Towns on Fasting:"; Ibid. The biblical examples of the use of the tool of fasting are a big help in understanding when and why to fast. He is credited with writing the 13 following books: As Paul was traveling from Jerusalem to Damascus, several men were with him. As a persecutor of Christ and His followers, Saul was confronted with a life-changing decision, revelation of God’s light, and a fast while traveling the Damascus road. There is a reason for me doing this, I did not decide to do it out of my own, I was led by the Spririt and therefore know I can and will do this. From these examples we can see the value and use of fasting during a time of serious illness or certain instances of demon possession: when we need God's help desperately, when we need to make sure that nothing has cut us off from God and that our prayers are being heard and answered. as allowed by law. [19] And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the LORD, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the LORD remembered her. God will not take note of someone who is fasting with a wrong attitude. To seek God as Paul did by prayer, to commune with God as Paul did, to supplicate Jesus Christ as Paul did, to seek the Holy Spirit by prayer as Paul did, to do this without ceasing, to be always a racer, and to win Christ as Paul did by prayer -- all this makes a saint, an apostle, and a leader for God. I strongly discourage the absolute fast. [14] However,, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born to you shall surely die. After being struck down by God, Saul was blind for three days. * David fasted while the first child he had by Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah, lay dying (2 Samuel 12:16 2 Samuel 12:16David therefore sought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night on the earth.American King James Version×). What is the bottom line? If so, it is an occasion of fasting in Scripture, not specific foods to eat while fasting, such as in the “Daniel fast.” The Ezra fast, the John the Baptist fast, the St. Paul fast as I refer to them on this site, are not about specific foods to eat while fasting, but instead about the scriptural principles that can be claimed while fasting. During Christ's ministry and shortly after His death, He and the early Church dealt with the practice of setting aside certain days of the week or month to fast. �:�YH�? American King James Version×), during which time he neither ate bread nor drank water.