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    Fasting    : : What is Spiritual Fasting?

In a purely traditional spiritual sense, fasting is abstaining from solid food for the purposes of mourning, repenting, and seeking the Lord's favor. In rare and radical cases, heroes of the Bible fasted food and liquids, including water. The Bible mentions many kinds fasts of throughout the Old and New Testaments.

If you trust the Lord for your time of fasting, He will lead you on the type of fast that He desires for your particular circumstances and needs. You may fast solid food for the entire 40 days; you may fast one meal a day; you may fast one day a week. Your journey will be unique and can not be compared to anyone else's experience. However, it is important to enter into this sacred time with the Lord earnestly and with a pure heart, hopefully anticipating the journey on which He will lead you. According to your faithfulness and willing spirit, the Lord will bless your intentions and sustain you during your fast.

Please understand that the fasting referred to throughout the Trumpet and Torch website is purely a spiritual discipline; no fasting references are intended for physical, medical, or other purposes. While we believe that the Lord will take you on the type of fast that He intends for you, we encourage you to seek medical guidance before beginning a fast, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, or currently suffering an illness or disease.

"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." (Hebrews 11:1).

 

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    Fasting    : : Is Fasting Relevant in a Covenant of Grace?

Many Christians are unfamiliar with spiritual fasting. Some believe that fasting is an Old Testament tradition neither required nor relevant to the New Testament grace under which we now live. In truth, however, fasting is a necessary though underutilized spiritual discipline that Jesus addressed right along with giving and prayer (reference Matthew 6). Fasting was never replaced, rescinded, or superseded in the New Testament, and it is not just Old Testament legalism. Jesus came to fulfill the Old Testament, not to render it irrelevant. As Randy Alcorn so eloquently stated in Money, Possessions & Eternity, "Being under grace does not mean living by lower standards than the law." In fact, Jesus assumed that we believers would fast. Jesus said, "When you fast" (Matthew 6:16) not "if you fast".

The verses below emphasize that we are saved by grace, not by works. Fasting, like prayer, is a spiritual tool that believers should use not to earn righteousness but to embrace it.

"I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing." (Galatians 2:21)

"For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men." (Romans 14:17-18)

"But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do." (1 Corinthians 8:8)

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    Fasting    : : Fasting: Superficial or Supernatural?
    Fasting    : : Fast Unto the Lord, Not Unto Men
    Fasting    : : Who Fasted in the Bible?
    Fasting    : : Are There Different Kinds of Fasts?
    Fasting    : : How Do I Fast Unto the Lord in Today's World?
    Fasting    : : The Compassion of Jesus and the Purpose of this Fast
    Fasting    : : I'm Afraid to Fast!
    Fasting    : : How Fasting Relates to the The Great Commandment
    Fasting    : : True Fasting as Detailed in Isaiah 58
    Fasting    : : Isn't Fasting Practiced by Other Religions (and By Those with No Religion?)
    Fasting    : : Why Fast Now?
    Fasting    : : Corporate and Intercessory Fasting
    Fasting    : : 2008 Lenten Fast
    Fasting    : : I'm a Pastor; How Do I Get My Congregation Involved?
    Fasting    : : I'm a Parent; How Do I Include My Children in this 40-Day Journey?
    Fasting    : : Have Additional Questions, or Need More Information?
    Fasting    : : Have Additional Questions or Need More Information?
    Fasting    : : This is My First Fasting Experience; What Should I Expect?
    Fasting    : : Legalism and the Liquid Fast
    Fasting    : : I Feel So Weak! What Should I Do?
    Fasting     : : How to use this website for fasting and prayer
How to use this website for fasting and prayer

The Lord created us to have a personal relationship with Him. As in any relationship, we must nurture and care for our relationship with the Lord so that it will grow and flourish. Our Lord is always pursuing us, even when we are not actively pursuing Him. He reveals Himself to us in many ways - big and small, in difficulty as well as in blessing - in order to capture our attention and to grow us into His likeness.

EAT is designed to take the believer on a journey, through the simple process of using the traditional mealtime schedule, to build a disciplined lifestyle of spending time with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It seems difficult to believe that we must be "taught" to spend time with the Lord, but the enemy is very deceptive and sly. Many of us live completely unaware of the numerous minutes and hours that are swept away by mindless, idle distractions. The enemy cleverly intends to keep us so busy that we have little time to spend with the One Who created us and loves us above all else.

In the Scriptures, the Lord often used mealtime as a time of teaching and ministering. He continues to use this ordinary and necessary mealtime routine to ignite a desire in us - a craving for Him above all things, even our food. When the Israelites wandered the desert for 40 years, the Lord caused them to hunger and thirst; this purposeful correction disciplined them to seek Him and to put their trust in Him. Today, He still longs for His children to trust Him and to obey His commands.

Jesus said, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind.' This is the first and the greatest commandment" (Matthew 22:37-38). Our entire lives should revolve around Him, and yet, most of us spend more time planning our lives around when we will eat next and what we will eat. How different life would be - spiritually, physically, emotionally, and otherwise - if desired Him like we desire food?

It is our prayer that EAT will encourage you to suspend your usual schedule in order to meet God for breakfast, lunch, and dinner - every meal, every day. Do not skip any meals. Just like missing a physical meal may cause your body to become weak, missing a meal with the Lord weakens you spiritually. Sacrificing physical food is not really the emphasis of this fast. Rather, the priority is holding fast to the Lord and clinging to Him throughout the day. We lay the sacrifice of precious time on the altar so that He may fill us with His Daily Bread.

You may find it difficult to surrender your food to the Lord, and, especially in the beginning, you may first need to fast (surrender) your time. As you grow in the discipline of spending time with the Lord, He will build a desire and a strength that will allow you to set aside your natural food for His completely fulfilling supernatural food.

Take each day as it comes, one meal at a time, and follow God's leading in your life. Do not compare your experience to others. God's purposes for you are unique and specially designed to achieve what He wants to accomplish in your life. Do not succumb to the discouraging voice of the enemy; he wants to captivate every moment of your day and hold your mind hostage with dispiriting and unholy thoughts. Stand firm on the Word that is nourishing you, and be filled with the encouraging voice of your Savior. He is so pleased with your desire to spend time with Him!

As you walk and dine with the Lord, He will reveal Scripture to you; follow His leading and journey there. Linger over them, meditate upon them, and savor them. The devotions in this journal are only a starting point. Consider them to be appetizers - little letters of encouragement offering a taste of what your faithfulness will produce. Please take time to record any words, Scriptures, or names that the Lord impresses upon your heart. You will be grateful for your personal journal at the end of your journey, and it will stand as a written testament of the Lord's transforming work in your life.

Forty days seems like a lot, but - considering the length of a lifetime and in comparison to eternity - it is only a moment in time. The Scriptures record many stories that exemplify how God changed a people and a nation in 40 days. There is something Divinely supernatural about a 40-day time frame, and the Lord can accomplish a lifetime's work through you in that relatively short period of time...

We pray that you do not enter into this journey because of what you hope to achieve or experience. We pray that, above all else, that in 40 days, you will find yourself face to face with your Lord and Savior. We pray that you will be forever spoiled with a hunger and thirst for His righteousness, overflowing with the glory of God and overcome with the desire to lead others to Him.

When you seek Him you will find Him... if you seek Him with all your heart!

"One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple."
-Psalm 27:4
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