Fasting for His Favor !

At Ghent Church of God, we fast corporately every year. This year our 'Fasting Focus' was for His Favor & Wisdom. This page is dedicated to giving guidance for all of those who joined us and perhaps would like to have some guidance for fasting throughout the year.

According to the Bible, there are three duties of every Christian: give, pray and fast. If you are one of those people who sense that God has more for your life, take the first step and believe for more of Him. Start the year off right and discover the rewards of putting God first! 

We look forward to hearing about what God will do in our lives and in our church as we seek Him together. Commit to fasting, prayer and giving throughout the year and watch as God releases His hand of blessing over your entire year. Biblical fasting takes a lot of discipline and strength—strength which you can only receive from God. Your private discipline will bring you rewards in Heaven, according to Matthew 6.

Quick Tips

Simply stated, biblical fasting is refraining from food for a spiritual purpose. How to Begin Start with a clear goal. Be specific. Why are you fasting?  Are you fasting with the corporate goal in mind, (His Favor)? Or are you fasting for personal needs? ( Of course you can combine the two.) Do you need direction, healing, restoration of marriage or family issues? Are you facing financial difficulties? Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. Pray daily and read the Bible. Be sure to plan ahead! This is a vital part of your fasting success. Know what your going to eat, especially during times of work, school, etc. You'll find many Daniel Fast Friendly Recipes on websites such as Pinterest and many others. If you know others in the congregation who are fasting, feel free to share recipes with one another. Comment on what worked well and what didn't and how things tasted. Our church in particular has a FB Group Chat called, 'Stronger Together'. We share recipes, encouragement, and some humor can always be expected. Simply contact Pastor Sydney via FB and she'll be sure to add you or if someone you know if part of the group already, they can add you as well.

Preparing Spiritually:

Confess your sins to God. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal areas of weakness. Forgive all who have offended you and ask forgiveness from those you may have offended (Mark 11:25; Luke 11:4; 17:3-4). Surrender your life fully to Jesus Christ and reject the worldly desires that try to hinder you (Romans 12:1-2). Deciding What to Fast The type of fasting you choose is up to you. You could go on a full fast in which you only drink liquids, or you may desire to fast like Daniel, who abstained from sweets, meats, and breads. (This is typically the fast that many choose.) Remember to replace that time with prayer and Bible study.

Deciding How Long:

You may fast as long as you like. Most can easily fast from one to three days, but you may feel the grace to go longer and join in with us corporately for 10 or even as much as 21 to 40 days. Use wisdom and pray for guidance. Beginners are advised to start slow.

What to Expect:

When you fast your body detoxifies, eliminating toxins from your system. This can cause mild discomfort such as headaches and irritability during withdrawal from caffeine and sugars. And naturally, you will have hunger pains. Limit your activity and exercise moderately. Take time to rest. Fasting brings about miraculous results. You are following Jesus’ example when you fast. Spend time listening to praise and worship. Pray as often as you can throughout the day. Get away from the normal distractions as much as possible and keep your heart and mind set on seeking God’s face.

How to End

Don’t overeat when the time comes to end your fast. Begin eating solid food gradually; eat small portions or snacks.