Where do I Begin?
How to start fasting is a common question. Begin by preparing your mind, heart, spirit, and body. It
is important to have a clear purpose for fasting and what you hope to gain from your fast. Perhaps
you are praying about a specific life decision, asking God's blessing, or requesting revival in your
life. The best way to develop your purpose is to study why people fasted in Bible times.
Secondly, pray to the Lord and ask Him to reveal the motives of your heart, any unconfessed sin,
and areas in your life that He desires to change. In Isaiah 29:13, God says, "...These people come
near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their
worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men." Isaiah 59:2 also instructs us to come
before God with a clean heart: "But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins
have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear."
To prepare your spirit for your fast, draw close to God through prayer and worship. Let God reveal
Himself to you and why He is taking you through this time of fasting. The key to any spiritual
preparation is intimacy with Jesus. John 15:7 says, "If you remain in me and my words remain in
you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you."
Finally, your body can be prepared for fasting through pragmatic considerations and planning. A
few days before your fast, get your body ready by reducing your food intake, eating raw fruits and
vegetables, and avoiding foods high in sugar and fat. Also, develop a schedule of how long you will
fast, what type of fast you will be doing, and how you are going to adjust your activities to ensure
that you will persevere through the fast.
Remember, fasting is about focusing on Jesus, not about abstaining from food.