HH,Sir Godfrey Gregg
Fasting is, at its core, a step towards denial of self-satisfaction for the pursuit of more in-depth time with God. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out. It also enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all the good things God desires to bring into our lives.
You can fast things that meet a physical need, such as food, sweets etc., but you can also fast things that meet an emotional or self-satisfying need. You can even fast from things that are distractions for you. Some examples of these could be shopping from Amazon, social media, streaming services, TV, etc. Remember, your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your body, your options, and, most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.
The heart behind fasting is to replace whatever you are fasting from to give you more focused time on seeking God in prayer, His Word, and worship. Setting aside to meet with the Living God WILL radically change your life!
TYPES OF FASTS
Selective Fast – This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, and bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.
Partial Fast – This fast is sometimes called the Jewish Fast and involves abstaining from eating any type of food in the morning and afternoon, such as 6:00 AM to 3:00 PM, or from sunup to sundown.
Complete Fast – In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.