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''When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.''
Matt. 6:16-18 (NIV)
1. THE PURPOSE OF FASTING
Fasting: To refrain from food for a period of time for a spiritual purpose
''Then He said to them all: 'If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.''' Luke 9:23 (NIV)
2. THE POWER OF FASTING
Fasting Feeds My Spirit
''Jesus answered, 'It is written: Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.''' Matt. 4:4 (NIV)
Fasting Cleanses My Body
Fasting Reveals My Sin
''On that day they fasted and there they confessed, 'We have sinned against the LORD.''' 1 Sam. 7:6 (NIV)
Fasting Awakens My Compassion
3. THE PLAN FOR FASTING
How Do I Fast?
WHEN SHOULD I FAST?
When the odds are against me
''Then the Israelites ... went up to Bethel, and there they sat weeping before the Lord. They fasted that day until evening ... The Lord responded, 'Go, for tomorrow I will give them into your hands.''' Judges 20:26-28 (NIV)
When I need uncommon protection
''I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask Him for a safe journey for us and our children ... and He answered our prayer.'' Ezra 8:21-23, (NIV)
When I'm beginning a new endeavor
''So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.'' Acts 13:3 (NIV)
When I need a major breakthrough
''Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.' ...
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