1. Have a specific purpose for the fast.
2. Start slowly if this is your first time to fast (fasting from specific items, fasting just one meal, fasting for one day, etc.) and move up to longer fasts over a period of time.
3. Set a definite beginning and ending time. If it is an extended fast, be accountable to someone.
4. Begin the fast with the resolve that it is going to have an effect.
5. Plan ahead – look at your schedule and make it a part of your planning for that week (set specific prayer times).
6. Set aside specific times for the Word and prayer. Natural times would include your usual meal times.
7. Worship and sing through the day to “feed” your spirit.
8. Keep a journal of what you receive from the Lord throughout the fast.
9. Walk by faith and not by feelings. Focus on the fact that you are obeying God. If you are fasting for a longer time than before, you may experience some physical discomforts (headache, etc.) Decide ahead of time that you will let these times lead you to desperation for God.
10. Always drink a lot of water and/or juice.
11. On longer fasts, you may need more rest than normal.
12. Break the fast with healthy food – soup, bread, fruit, etc.
13. Make it a part of your regular lifestyle!
Who Should Not Fast?
• Those on medication which prevents it.
• Those with specific medical conditions (hypoglycemia, pregnant women, etc.) Consult your GP if you have any questions.
• People who have hard physical jobs.
Note: Fasting is healthy for the average person! It is not harmful when done properly.