Personal fasting and prayers had been discovered as a powerful tool in the fight against marine kingdom. Fasting is abstinence from food and water to seek the face of God.
“Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish” ( Esther 4:16)
“And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven” ( Nehemiah 1:4).
“Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance.
For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him. So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was intreated of us. ( Ezra 8:21-23)
“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 thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. (Matthew 6:16-18)
Dearly beloved of God, Some water spirits are very stubborn. If you have prayed and nothing seem to be working, why not add fasting to it. To such powers, Jesus said something. “And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting” (Mark 9:29).
Fasting and prayer are very important but it is good we take the following precautions
- Don’t go for forty days or twenty day dry fasting because another person did that.
- Know your health status; prolonged fasting is not meant for pregnant women, nursing mother, those with health challenges.
- Don’t fast to let people know that you are fasting.
- The most important thing in fasting is to humble the flesh so that the spirit can take upper hand in the warfare.
- It is not necessary that it must be dry fasting
- Go as far as your strength and time can permit you.
- It can be six to six for two days or three.
Please don’t create problems to yourself because you want to fast. Remember that marine kingdom is watching what you are doing and they are planning what to do to frustrate you.
In Conclusion Prolonged Fasting ( NO FOOD OR WATER FOR 21 DAYS OR 40 DAYS) may cause some health problems, cases abound were some Christians that engaged into such fasting are suffering from Schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia is a long term mental disorder of a type involving a breakdown in the relation between thought, emotion and behaviour, leading to faulty perception, inappropriate actions and feelings, withdrawal from reality and personal relationships into fantasy and delusions and a sense of mental fragmentation.
It may not be dry, some may choose to be drinking water or be only on fruits while some may reduce the number of days or miss their breakfast to pray and take lunch and dinner.
There is no particular type except this one no result. We should understand the purpose of fasting, (To mortify the flesh so that the spirit man can have upper hand). May the Lord guide you on the type of fasting to choose in Jesus Christ name. Amen.