In his guide to prayer and fasting, Gary Rohrmayer includes a helpful quote from David Martyn Lloyd-Jones:
“Fasting, if we conceive of it truly, must no be confined to the question of food and drink; fasting should really be made to include abstinence from anything which is legitimate in and of itself for the sake of some special spiritual purpose. There are many bodily functions which are right and normal and perfectly legitimate, but which for special peculiar reasons in certain circumstances should be controlled. That is fasting.”
Whatever you have decided to abstain from, and for whatever period of time, remember to accompany your fast with specific prayer requests. We should go into His presence as a child goes to his father. We do so with reverence and respect, but we should come with a childlike faith and the simplicity of this thought: God answers prayer! Target your prayers with specific petitions for yourself, your family, your friends and your world.
"So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer." Ezra 8:23
"Our greatest victories are won on our knees and with empty stomachs." —Julio C. Ruibal
Father in Heaven, You are the one who not only hears but answers my prayers. Today I pray and I fast for...