How do you prepare for a fast?

Step One: First, write down a fasting plan. Whether it’s one meal a day or a 24-hour fast, if you don’t write it down you will struggle to succeed. You need to write down when your fast starts and the hour it’s going to end so that you don’t forget. Later in this section, I am going to share some example plans to help you get started.

Making a commitment is the first step to being successful with fasting.

Step Two: Involve your loved ones, or at least make them aware. Sometimes you have to put relationships and entertainment on the back burner. You don’t have to

RSVP “yes” to every invitation that comes your way. I get invited to parties and fundraisers literally every weekend, but when I’m fasting I have to put them to the side and know how to say “no.”

Write it down on paper and share it with a friend that will hold you accountable. If you don’t do this, it will be way too easy to cheat. You’ll cut your fasts short and push them off for a tomorrow that never comes. You have to make a proclamation.

Step Three: Consider Fasting with One or Two Close Friends. This is something that will really help you stay committed, focused, and encouraged during your fast!

Step Four: Ask God to reveal to you the reasons He is calling you to fast and identify your specific areas of focus for the fast.

Step Five: Begin preparing your heart:

1. Fast to get God’s attention

2. Kneel down in humility and ask for mercy and compassion

3. Pray continuously, “Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief!”

Then, make practical steps to prepare for your fast. Prepare your mind and your schedule for the Know what to expect.