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How Do You Do A Fast

I would like to do a fast for sins I've committed in the past, to show God that I'm serious about being sorry for them. Also, for more focus on God. Is fasting okay for this? How do I do it?

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 ---sue on 10/17/06
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If you are diabetic like me you can't fast food. The purpose of fasting is to spend that time in the Word and in prayer. I do things like give up tv or the internet instead.
---katharine on 10/20/06


The last blogger gives some good advice. You should start out small and work up to a larger fast. Be sure to keep hydrated - drink plenty of water. Also, listen for God to "call" you to a fast. Denying one's self during a time of prayer is like giving a dead battery a "jump start." Maybe not the best analogy, BUT what I mean is that it energizes your prayers. Not sure how that works, but I've experienced it first-hand.
---Crystal on 10/20/06

Sue, a fast is a very good thing for more focus on God and a closer relationship with Him, and God appreciates heart-felt repentance in the way you wish to respect it. Since you have not probably not fasted before, I suggest you fast from 6am to 12 noon (6 hours) during this time you will not eat breakfast, you will wake up by 6 to pray and pray at least 3 times during the entire fast, also read your bible, sing praises and expect God to speak to you.
---Okebaram on 10/18/06

Thank you all for your advice. I truly appreciate it. I know now that I don't have to 'punish' myself for sins I've committed in the past, Jesus already paid for them. But to get a clearer understanding of what I should do, that is why I should fast. Right? God bless.
---sue on 10/18/06

Righteousness is "being in right-standing" with God. It is based on a covenant relationship with Him. Righteous is "the ability to stand before God without the sense of guilt or inferiority; standing before God as if sin never existed." It is freedom from "sin-consciousness" (Romans 3:20, AMP).
---Rickey on 10/18/06

greetings,for sue ,do you really think you are doing God a favor by self denial of essential nourishment?God would be most pleased if we all mastered the golden rule.
---earl on 10/18/06

A good thing to realize is who you are in Christ. You ARE NOT A SINNER.(2corinthians 5:21) You are the righteousness of God, God's workmanship, and heir of God. As an heir of God, everything that belongs to God belongs to you.(Romans 8:17) You are equal with, not to, God(Philippians 2:5-6). So be confident & fully persuaded that God will finish the work that He has begun in you.(Philippians 1:6)
---Rickey on 10/18/06

I would agree with Crystal. If you repented with your heart, you are forgiven by God. You must convince yourself of this. It is Satan telling you that your not forgiven.
---Rebecca_D on 10/17/06

There is the Daniel Fast. Vegetables and water. No pleasant bread or meat. Daniel 1:12, Daniel 10:3 Daniel was a faster, he prayed faithfully. He interpreted Nebuchadnezzar's dream, was saved in the lions' den, God let him see the prophetic plan for Gentiles and Israel. Fasting will give you God's focus. Rachel^^^
---Rachel on 10/17/06


Fasting and prayer together is a very powerful tool, but one I am afraid you are misusing. It appears to me that you are attempting to "punish" yourself by this fast. God knows your heart and understands that you are sorry. The true sign of repentance is IF and WHEN you turn from sinning and sin no more - habitually, I mean. It is proper to fast when God leads, but not as a form of self-punishment. Your motive is not what it should be.
---Crystal on 10/17/06

King David fasted when he committed adultery and murder all at the same time. Read Isaiah Chapter 58-the fasting Chapter. Jesus shed his blood for your sins, so fasting won't wash away your sins, only the blood of Jesus will. However, if you want to fast to show remorse, that's a good thing. You can go on a Daniel fast, a partial fast where you eat one meal a day, or a fast where you abstain totally from food. There are many fasts in the bible. Choose one or ask Father God which one is best for you.
---Donna9759 on 10/17/06

Part 1 Sue, You don't need to fast to "show God you're serious about being sorry for your sins." He already knows your heart! If you would fast, do it for the purpose of drawing nearer to God and seeking His guidance in a specific area of concern. When you fast, you are saying to God that hearing from Him is more important than what you are giving up in your fast.
---tommy3007 on 10/17/06

Part 2 Depending upon your age and/or medical condition, I would suggest you consult your physician first for advice. If you get an okay there, try fasting for three days, on water only. Take the time you would spend eating each meal to read in God's word and meditate on His grace and glory. You will be amazed at the results. God is great and greatly to be praised. God bless.
---tommy3007 on 10/17/06

If any man be in Christ, He is a new creature; old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new.

Your sins have been nailed to an old rugged cross. When you accepted Jesus, you accepted the forgiveness and reconciliation exacted by Jesus' work. Your past is as done away with as Jesus was dead before he rose again.
---Linda6563 on 10/17/06

Being sorry for your sins is not the same as repentance. Repentance is the mind change that occurs when you see the goodness of God in the person and work of Christ, when you experience His grace in your life. As for fasting to focus on Christ, I'm all for that because that focus on Him will bring you to a place where you will pour out to others, particularly those others won't touch.
---Linda6563 on 10/17/06

You decide, after all this is an act of worship, Isaiah 58 really gets to the heart of the matter.

Some might choose to not watch TV, others maybe more extreme don't eat, and still others shut life down and read only scripture, speaking only in need, and praying continuosly.

How badly do you want Jesus?
---Pharisee on 10/17/06

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Fasting for sins you have committed is inappropriate. God knows your heart. Our instructions are clear. 1 John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

On the other hand, fasting to focus more on God is appropriate so long as you do not think that by doing so you are going to somehow earn his favor or make your salvation more secure or sins more forgiven etc.
---Bruce5656 on 10/17/06

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