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Fasted lifestyle

The Holy Spirit calls people to fast as part of the normal Christian life. There has been a fresh wave of fasting in recent years. It was taught and practised by Jesus (Matthew 6:16-17) exercised by the early church (Acts 13:2) and practised by believers down through church history.

Fasting, in scripture, usually involved abstinence from food for a few days at a time. Occasionally it was for longer, such as 40 days although a long fast was rare and unusual. A long fast should never be undertaken without counsel and appropriate supervision. Fasting is always voluntary. We can also fast from things other than food e.g. TV, sport, sex etc.

A fasted lifestyle is a disciplined lifestyle. Fasting is not only abstention; it is an exchange where we abstain from certain things in order to feast on others, like reading the Bible or prayer. The spiritual benefits of fasting are undeniable – grace is made more readily available to us and we can see significant breakthroughs as a result of fasting.

Fasting is not only abstention; it is an exchange where we abstain from certain things in order to feast on others, like reading the Bible or prayer.

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