Types of Fasts

The fast you choose should present a level of challenge, but it’s important to know your body, your options, and most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do. Fasting requires reasonable precautions. Please consult your physician prior to beginning your fast, especially if you have any health concerns, you are taking any medication, have a chronic condition, or are pregnant or nursing. Here are some types of fasts you can consider:

Complete Fast
You drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.

Selective Fast
You remove certain elements from your diet. One example is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, and bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.

Partial Fast
This involves abstaining from eating any type of food in the morning and afternoon. This can either correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown.

Soul Fast
This is a good option if you do not have much experience fasting food, have health issues that prevent you from fasting food, or if you wish to refocus certain areas of your life that are out of balance. For example, you can choose to stop using social media for the duration of the fast and then carefully bring that element back into your life in healthy doses at the conclusion of the fast.



You can click any of the links below to access the recommended resources.


Your Personal Guide to Fasting by Dr. Bill Bright

7 Steps to Successful Fasting and Prayer by Dr. Bill Bright

Good for the Body by Jentezen Franklin

Fasting that Changed History by Jentezen Franklin

Bread of Life by Jentezen Franklin

Make Fasting a Lifestyle by Jentezen Franklin

Nine Reasons for Fasting by Jentezen Franklin


Fasting by Franklin Jentezen

The Rewards of Fasting by Mike Bickle and Dana Candler

Pray! Ekballo! by Lou Engle

Jesus Fast by Lou Engle

Shaping History through Prayer and Fasting by Derek Prince

God’s Chosen Fast by Arthur Wallis

Hunger for God by John Piper

Circle Maker by Mark Batterson


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