Today, reflect on these principles of fasting:
1.God expects His people to fast; it’s not optional. In the same way we practice the habits of reading the Bible and praying, we should also practice the habit of fasting.
2.A fast is a conscious, intentional decision to abstain for a time from the pleasure of eating in order to gain spiritual benefits.
3.The following are characteristics of fasting:
•Fasting is a time set apart to seek the face of God and to abstain from other things in order to give one’s whole heart to God in prayer.
•Fasting puts God first, focusing one’s attention on Him alone.
•Fasting fosters a sensitive environment for the working of prayer.
•Fasting is a form of intercession for others.
4.Fasting does not change God; it changes us and our prayers.
5.The results of fasting are: •Hearing from God: We receive guidance, wisdom, instruction, and knowledge.
•Power from God: We receive the fullness of the Spirit for ministry.
•Breakthroughs in Difficult Situations: Fasting brings breakthroughs in tough circumstances and in the lives of those who are resistant to the gospel.
6.According to Isaiah 58, right and wrong ways to fast are:
•Right: Being consecrated and committed to God, having the right priorities, lifting people’s burdens, showing love and generosity to others, and having a burden for souls.
•Wrong: treating others with injustice, quarreling and striving with others, pursuing our own pleasures rather than God’s will.
7.The outcomes of a true fast are:
•People are delivered and restored to God.
•The one who fasts receives God’s blessings. Reading: Ezra 6–8; John 21
-Daily Power And Prayer Devotional (Myles Munroe)