How do I Prepare for a Fast?

Tomorrow is day 1 in our 5-day fast! I’ve had a lot of people ask how they should prepare. Here are some tips.

First, make sure you know why you are fasting. Do you need guidance, healing, wisdom, grace, or answers regarding a situation? Knowing this will help you be more intentional and specific in your prayers.

Second, decide what kind of fast you are doing and set an amount of time. You may want to check your schedule to make sure there isn’t an event that would interfere. Then make a commitment to complete it. You can tell a friend or write a note to the Lord -whatever helps hold you accountable.

Third, create a daily schedule with set time to pray, worship, and read God’s Word. You might want to even pick out a devotional to go along with your fast. The YouVersion Bible app has a ton of great choices.

Fourth, prepare yourself spiritually. Pray, pray, pray. This isn’t supposed to be easy so ask God to give you the strength as He opens your heart up to receive.

Fifth, prepare yourself physically. Talk to your doctor if you have any health issues. Start eating smaller portions or less food. Cut out caffeine. Whatever you can do to give your body less of a shock.

This is for the Lord and it’s important, but if you fail remember that the God you serve is a God of grace and mercy and He loves you deeply.

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