Pastor Steven Reyes
posted on January 05, 2016 00:20
Types Of Fasts
A SUPERNATURAL FAST
This is the MOST EXTREME FAST; and extended periods of this type of fast must only be done at the EXACT DIRECTION of the Holy Spirit.
It is strongly advised that the believer gain confirmation of this direction from the Lord by conferring with their Pastor.
Because this fast requires going without food or water for more than three days, it is not recommended without extremely clear direction from God.
This type of fast is physically impossible because we can’t live without water for more than a few days. This is a intended to give us a picture of the true nature of fasting: utter dependence upon God as our life‐source.
The only two people in the Bible who did this type of fast were Jesus (Luke 4:2) and Moses (Deut. 9:18) who each fasted for 40 days; and Moses actually fasted for 80 days in a row.
A TOTAL FAST
When one goes on a total food fast, one must take care to drink twice the amount of water than one would normally drink to avoid dehydration.
This is COMPLETELY going without food and drinking ONLY WATER.
A NON‐TOTAL FAST
One fasts solid foods, or limited meals.
One drinks primarily juices, or eats limited amounts of meals.
I recommend this type of fast for those who have never done one before.
THE DANIEL FAST
This is a modified non‐total fast.
This is fasting anything “pleasant.” It is essentially taking the “enjoyment” out of eating; it reduces the act to simple sustenance.
A typical plan might be to eat only the evening meal and/or fasting sweets.
Don’t fast if you have specific medical reasons that prohibit you from doing so. Consult your physician and be intelligent about fasting.
A study on fasting is available by the late Dr. Bill Bright. You can find this study at the following website: www.billbright.com/howtofast.
And, if you want to learn how to trick God into thinking you’re fasting when you’re not, check out this site: http://danielfast.wordpress.com/danielfast‐food‐list/.