Fasting — Lesson #9

PRINCIPLES OF KINGDOM LIVING

LESSON 9

FASTING

 

Fasting is designed to discipline the body and to quiet the soul so that one can hear from God. The Scriptures show us that prayer and fasting are linked together. Fasting does not “buy” us anything from God, but it aligns us with His purpose and will.

(1)       WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO “FAST“?

Fasting is deliberately turning from food and/our personal appetites, that we might           focus our attention on God.

(2)    IS THERE SCRIPTUAL BASIS FOR FASTING?                                                                                  Yes. Both men and women fasted in the Old and New Testaments.                                        A.   OLD TESTAMENT 1.         Moses (Exodus 34:28).                                                                                                                                          2.    Elijah (I Kings 19:8). 3.    Ezra (Ezra 10:6).                                                                                                                                              4.    Daniel (Daniel 10:3).

5.    Esther (Esther 4:1-16). 6.    David (II Samuel 12).                                                                                                                                       7.    The Nation of Israel (I Samuel 7:6); (Numbers 29:7); (Nehemiah 9:1).

B.  NEW TESTAMENT 1.    Jesus (Matthew 4:2); (Luke 4:2). 2.    Paul (Acts 9:9). 3.    Paul and Barnabas (Acts 14:23). 4.    The Church leaders at Antioch (Acts 13:2).

C.   There were results when men and women of God fasted and prayed:                                        1.         The Nation of Israel was delivered from death (Esther 4).                                                                     2.         The judgement of God was reversed for the city of Nineveh (Jonah 2:3). 3.         Daniel received divine instruction (Daniel 10).                                                                                        4.         Demons were cast out (Matthew 17:14-21).                                                                                             5.         The Will of God was revealed (Acts 9:9-15); (13:1-4). 6.         Elders of the Church were chosen and ordained (Acts 14:23).

(3)    HOW SHOULD WE FAST? A.         In secret (Matthew 6:18).                                                                                                                               B.         Not with a sad countenance (Matthew 6:17).                                                                                            C.         Unto God, not man (Matthew 6:16-18).                                                                                                      D.         Humble ourselves before God (Psalms 35:13).                                                                           E.         Chasten our souls through fasting (Psalms 69:10).                                                                                 F.         Fast with proper attitudes and pure motivation (Isaiah 58).

(4)    FASTING CAN BE DONE WITH THE WRONG MOTIVES The Bible speaks of those whose fasting was in vain because of wrong motivations.         A.         Ahab (I Kings 21:4).                                                                                                                                       B.         The Nation of Israel (Zechariah 7:1-14).                                                                                        C.         The Pharisees (Matthew 6:16-18); (9:14); (Luke 18:12).

(5)    THERE ARE BLESSINGS PROMISED TO THOSE WHO FAST AND PRAY: A.         (Isaiah 58:6-12): 1.     Looses bands of wickedness.                                                                                                                       2.     Can undo heavy burdens.                                                                                                                        3.          Oppressed go free.                                                                                                                                    4.          Breaks the yoke of bondage.                                                                                                                        5.     Health.                                                                                                                                                                         6.       Righteousness.                                                                                                                                              7.       The Glory of the Lord is our reward.                                                                                                8.     Guidance from the Lord continually.                                                                                                       9.          Satisfy soul in drought.                                                                                                                                 10.     Fruitfulness and productivity.                                                                                                                      11.     Ministry of reconciliation.

B.    Disciplines our body (subdues the flesh and allows our spirit to be strengthened)                  (I Corinthians 9:27).

C.    Ministers unto the Lord (Acts 13:1-3).

D.    Gives power to do spiritual warfare (Matthew 17:21).

(6)    ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF FASTS?

YES!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A.        Regular Fast: Refraining from all food and drink, except water (Matthew 4:3).

B.    Partial Fast: Refraining from a certain meal or restricting the intake of certain  foods (Daniel 10:3).

C.    Complete Fast: A total refraining from all food and liquid (Acts 9:9); (Esther 4:16).

D.    Liquid Fast: Allowing ourselves to partake of liquid, but no solid food for a determined period of time.

(7)    WHEN ARE WE TO FAST? A.    When led or directed by the Spirit of the Lord (Matthew 4:1-2).

B.    When, as individuals, we sense the need (Matthew 6:16-18).

C.    When the Church, as a body, is called to fast  (Joel 1:14); (2:15-16).

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PRINCIPLES OF KINGDOM LIVING

LESSON 9—STUDY SHEET

FASTING

Please fill in the blanks and bring this sheet to next class.

1.    Fasting is designed to ________________________ the body and to quiet the soul so                that one can hear from God.

2.    Fasting is _________________________ turning from food and/or our personal                       appetites that we might focus our attention on God.

3.    Matthew 6:16-17 Moreover when ye fast, be not as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thy head, and wash thy face; that thou appear not unto men to fast but unto thy _____________ which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret shall  ______________  thee openly.

4.    Isaiah 58:6 Is not ______________ the fast that I have chosen?  to loose the bands                      of ____________,  to undo the heavy ___________________  and to let the oppressed to go  ______________________  and that ye break ________________________ yoke?

5.    Can you fast with wrong motives?   (Explain)

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"That the Kingdom of God will rule ,with power, on earth as it rules in Heaven." My life time quest. G.W. BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION Rev. George Watkins pastored Christian Life World Outreach and Training Center in Mount Vernon, Washington for 29 years. He is director of George Watkins Ministries a.k.a. WORLDNet Ministries and has ministered through radio broadcasting, audio tape ministry, and a correspondence Bible course reaching into many countries of the world. Ministry teams have traveled with him to over twenty nations, working with local missionaries to establish churches, and conduct crusades and pastors’ seminars. George Watkins has authored several books: Women in Today’s Church, a scriptural insight into God’s intentions for both men and women to minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ; Five Key Secrets to Long Life and Divine Health concerning God’s supernatural protection and promises to those who obey Him; and Staying Free, a mini-book used as a guide to maintaining freedom once delivered from the bondages of satan; Ask The Boy: stories through the eyes of those who were healed by the hands of Jesus. The Wisest Man I Have Ever Known: stories and parables teaching the truths of God’s word, as well as other teaching manuals. George Watkins has been active in the ministry for many years. He has a strong ministry to the local church as a seasoned veteran with his rich background as a pastor and evangelist. Many churches draw from his experience and consider him to be an integral part of their own ministries. His ministry is a blend of humor and straight forward teaching based on the belief that God means what He says, that His Word applies to our everyday, practical lives, and that it has power to make us whole in mind, body and soul. Rev. Watkins believes that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are to be used by every believer. He believes that using these spiritual tools will bring freedom to those in bondage. Rev. Watkins believes this is the age of the supernatural and will prove to be the Church’s finest hour. His vision is to equip the Body of Christ to fulfill the Great Commission, making disciples of all nations. He has a unique ability to challenge the hearer to “sell out” to God, by faith, to fulfill God’s personal plan for your destiny. George and Arlis live in Mount Vernon, WA and are the parents of three adult children: Tony, Tiffany and Corbin.
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