The Pentecostals of Alexandria is a church founded upon prayer and fasting. Several times throughout the year we set aside a special time of corporate fasting. Why? Jentezen Franklin, in his book, Fasting, states: “Fasting is a constant means of renewing yourself spiritually. The discipline of fasting breaks you out of the world’s routine. It is a form of worship – offering your body to God as a living sacrifice is holy and pleasing to God.” (See Romans 12:1). Fasting is so much more than just abstaining from certain foods or beverages. Fasting is setting aside things – such as food or other lifestyle items – in order to position yourself to draw closer to God. Fasting enables us to shift our focus from the physical to the spiritual. It enables us to experience God on a different and deeper level, to hear His voice more clearly, and to more readily follow His direction.
During your chosen time of fasting ask God to reveal to you anything that He needs to subtract from your life. This surrender to Him allows you to more easily hear from God. Though fasting is a Christian discipline, it is not a hunger strike. When we fast, we must also pray.