Fasting Guide

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First, pray with an attitude of thanksgiving.

Colossians 4:2 says, “Devote
yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”
Remember that God loves everyone, and He does not want anyone to perish. Thank Him for the work He will do in the lives of individuals who come to know Him— even if we cannot see results at the moment.

Next, build your faith.

Memorize verses like 1 John 5:14-15: “This is the
confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us–whatever we ask we know that we have what we asked of Him.” Ask God to show you promises from His Word, and make them a focal point of your prayer life. You can use the verses below if you like, and insert the name of an individual into the blanks, for whom you’re praying to turn them into personal prayers.

Finally, be persistent.

In Luke 18:1, Jesus tells us that we should “always pray and not give up.” Whether we are praying for someone’s salvation or for something else, we can benefit from this advice found in the book of
Hebrews: “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.”

Guidelines for Children

We recommend a modified fast for children, particularly those under the age of 12, due to their metabolism and growth needs. Consider the following
options:

•Sacrifice dessert or delectable side dishes and use the extra time to pray.
•Do a “Daniel diet” of just vegetables and water for a meal, making sure to take some prayer time.
•Spend a whole day without TV, game systems, or other entertainment and use the time to pray.

No matter the level of participation, be open with your kids about what fasting is: the sacrificing of a need (or, in their case, want) for a specified time in order to use that time to connect with God through prayer and Bible reading. It’s also a way for us to make a sacrifice in response to the sacrifice He made for us. Let them know that foods and entertainment aren’t “bad;” but, in doing without them, we let God know that He is the most important thing to us. Make it easy for them to succeed by determining a plan prior to the day and involve your child(ren) in the process of planning. Pray about your “fast” ahead of time, and celebrate it as an opportunity to grow spiritually. Set
realistic expectations for prayer and Bible reading for your kids, and encourage the relationship, not the ritual.

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Prayers You Can Use

Heavenly Father...

Remove any trace of a veil from _______________’s eyes so that he/she
can see the light of the gospel. Take the blinders off of his/her mind
wherever he/she is prone to unbelief so that he/she might understand the gospel and see the light of Your glory. Shine Your light in his/her heart to give him/her the light of the knowledge of Your glory in the face of Christ.
(2 Corinthians 4:3-6)

Put people in _______________’s life who will gently instruct him/her; and grant him/her repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth.  Cause _______________ to come to his/her senses and escape from the trap of the devil. (2 Timothy 2:25-26)

Open _______________’s eyes and turn him/her from darkness to light,
and from the power of Satan to God, so that he/she may receive
forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Christ. (Acts 26:18)

Don’t let _______________ be haunted by his/her past. Remind him/ her that if anyone is in Christ, he/she is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

I Pray that _______________ would confess with his/her mouth that Jesus is Lord, and that he/she would believe in his/her heart that You have raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Cause _______________ to call on Your name, Lord, and save him/her. (Romans 10:9, 13)

Put a new spirit in _______________. Remove his/her heart of stone and
give him/her a heart of flesh. Cause _______________ to follow Your
decrees and keep Your laws. Let him/her know that he/she belongs to You, and that You are his/her God. (Ezekiel 11:19)

I Pray that _______________ would repent of his/her sins and be baptized
in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of his/her sins. (Acts 2:38)

I pray that _______________ would put his/her trust in You and never be
shaken. (Psalm 125:1)

Do not let _______________ be stiff-necked; instead, cause him/her to submit to you. Let him/her return to You so that You can pour out Your compassion and Your grace in his/her life. (2 Chronicles 30:8-9)