Before we partake of any fast the first thing we must do is to prepare our souls. If we jump right in without doing this we may stop the fast altogether and may not even attempt to undertake it again. Here are some steps to help us get started:
1. Pray, pray, pray. This can’t be emphasized enough. Prayer is talking with God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth, and He has all power to help us succeed in all things that are in accordance to His will. Fasting from the world is truly according to His will. I think it makes Him very happy when we truly desire to be empty from worldliness so that we can be filled to the brim with the Holy Spirit.
On the day before the fast dedicate some time to sincerely ask God to help you. Tell Him that you want more of Him and less of what your carnal nature wants. Ask Him to lead and guide you so that the times of separation from the world will be times of sweetness and refreshing to your spirit. Believe that God heard your prayer and He will answer you.
2. Get the alternatives. Get your Bible ready along with good Christian reading material that will benefit you during your fast. I personally recommend authors such as Charles Spurgeon, Andrew Murray, and Oswald Chambers. These great men of faith have great insights of the teachings of the Bible and Christian living. I would also recommend a great woman of faith named Ellen White. Her books cover many topics and have been translated into many languages. If you don’t have their works you can purchase them at your local Christian bookstore or read some of their articles on the internet. Or you can check their books out at your local library.
Be sure to test what they say against the Word of God. Don’t accept what they say because they said it, but see what God has to say about it. It’s what God wants, and it’s what they would want too.
3.Get good Bible study material. The more you acquaint yourself with scripture, the more you will love it and find it to be more satisfying and enjoyable than anything man has made. There are excellent bible studies online that you can do for free on the computer or through the mail.
Here are some sites that have been helpful to me in my bible study times:
http://www.amazingfacts.org (click on the Bible School button on their site.)
http://www.bibleuniverse.com (you will find a smorgasbord of Bible studies and lessons here!)
http://www.vop.com (Check out their Discover Bible Study Guides and also their Prophecy Study Guides on Daniel and Revelation. These will blow your mind away!)
4. Check out this blog for music, messages, and videos that will help you through your fast. Each month there will be a different spiritual fast to undertake for a week. If the Holy Spirit impresses you to fast from a certain thing for a little longer you can always come back to the blog and read and listen to the messages again. They will not be deleted when the week is up. They will always be here to encourage, strengthen, and help you.
5. Train your mind. When you come home from work or school and feel the urge to watch that certain television show or play that exciting video game, stop and pray. Ask God to take the desire away from you. Then get your Bible, study guides, good Christian books, and use your time for fellowship with God instead. This may take a while to get used to, but do not get discouraged. Even if you should fall, pick yourself up and hold onto God’s mighty hand. He will help make your new desire for Him a reality.
Are you ready? Then let’s get started on this awesome adventure.