“40 Meals With Jesus: The Skinny On Fasting”
Dr. Mary Miller
February 28, 2016 3rd Sunday in Lent.
I. WHAT IS THE PROBLEM WITH FASTING?
II. WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF FASTING?
III. WHAT ARE THE KINDS OF FASTS?
a. 1 Day Fast = Atonement/Repentance/Healing (Isaiah 58:8/Jer. 36:6/Acts 9: 9/Acts 27:9) b. 3 Day Fast = Petition/Deliverance/Obedience (Esther 4:15-16/Joel 2:15/Jonah 3:8) c. 21 Day Fast = Purification/Humility (Daniel 1:8/2 Chronicles 7:14) d. 40 Day Fast = Direction/Calling (Exodus 34:28/Matthew 4:1-11/Acts 13:2) e. 40 Year Fast = Dependence (Exodus 16:35) f. Hourly Fast = Spiritual Warfare/Corporate (Acts 10:30/Acts 13:2)
IV. WHAT TO ASK BEFORE YOU FAST? 1- What is your MOTIVE? 2- What is your MEANS? 3- What will be your MINISTRY?
V. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF FASTING?
Luke 5:33-39 New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Questioned About Fasting
33 They said to him, “John’s disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking.”
34 Jesus answered, “Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? 35 But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast.”
36 He told them this parable: “No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one. Otherwise, they will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. 37 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. 38 No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. 39 And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for they say, ‘The old is better.’”