Fasting Resources


*This is a teaching designed to help you understand fasting and how to increase the desire to fast more often.

Written by Dr. Judith Emenike *Feb.2004


     …..Proclaim a fast….. 1 Kings 21:9 (KJV)

     …..They proclaimed a fast before the LORD to all the people of Jerusalem, and to all the people that cam from the cities of Judah unto Jerusalem. Jeremiah 36.9 (KJV)

What happens to your body while you fast?

Even though your body loses weight when you fast, it is not the same as a diet.

Fasting not only help to reduce pounds, but it also intervenes in the metabolism, hormone balance, and organ function.


Examining the difference between dieting and fasting:


  • the metabolism and digestion functions normally.
  • Through the use of special food, the amount of calories and fats are reduced.

This means that the body does not only take fuel from food, but it mainly finds this fuel from your body’s fat storage cells.

  • The metabolism is resting during the fast.

Because of this, other organ functions, body chemistry, and hormone balance, changes as well.

  • You can also expect changes in mood, even up to levels of euphoria (extremely strong feeling of happiness and excitement).

The reason for that is that the brain releases hormones producing feelings of happiness (Serotonin).

  • You may also experience feelings of freedom and clarity of thought.
  • Blood pressure decreases, your heart rate decreases, breathing is deeper.
  • Inflammation in the body is eliminated.
  • Your liver, kidneys, lungs, and skin release and excrete toxic substances and waste products.
  • The cells are regenerated, which causes the body to look younger.

Several studies show that in some cases the ability to conceive increases and also that the desire for sexual intimacy within marriage increases. This phenomenon even extends beyond the fast.

Can fasting alleviate or remove sickness?

Yes it can.

In many countries doctors prescribe fasting as a therapy for
migraine, nervousness, exhaustion, weakness, nicotine addiction, allergies, chronic inflammation, rheumatism and dyspepsia or indigestion.

Furthermore, fasting is useful in dealing with arthritis, type 2 diabetes, high plasma lipid concentration, high cholesterol, uric acid, cardiac insufficiency, artery blockage, high blood pressure, circulatory problems, fibromyalgia, menstrual disorder and menopause problems.

Otto Buchinger ( called it “surgery without knife”.

For those who are healthy, regular fasting is a prophylaxis (measures designed to preserve health) and an anti-aging therapy.

Remember that through prayer you allow God to enter into your fast and allow His power to heal you and to set you completely free.

While fasting, you are more open spiritually. Therefore even sicknesses and diseases can be defeated, since most diseases have a spiritual root.

Let Jesus be your example who, when he healed someone, cast out the demon first.

How can I fast without fainting?

The Bible tells us that our prayers should always be in the power of the Spirit of God.

And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint ( and not out of evil intent); Luke 18:1 ( KJV)

Fasting should be done with spirit empowered prayer, which will help you to enjoy the experience. This type of prayer helps you to become spiritually alert and open to receive spiritual insight from your Heavenly Father.

God wants to reveal himself to you. The problem is that your flesh and feelings are obstacles to receiving fully from the Spirit. As a consequence, a healthy prayer life must accompany your fast in order to receive optimal success.

Many people in the secular world are fasting without communicating with our Heavenly Father. Even so, they gain much success in many areas.

Think how much more successful believers would be, knowing that our inner man is able to receive from God and communicate it to our soul and body, through fasting with prayer! How much more success should we gain!

God wants to communicate to us what he has in mind and what his will is for us.

Prayer and fasting strengthens and encourages you. During this time, answers to prayer are received much faster.

During the fast you will not experience ravenous hunger, as happens when you go on a diet.

Because the body is feeding on its deposits, it is feeding on itself and therefore receives all that it needs. Fruit juice, water, vegetable and clear soups supply the body with the vitamins, minerals, and trace it needs. But through prayer, our Lord Jesus Christ can supply these necessary elements.

People who are slim can fast without reducing weight. This is possible through prayer.

For those who feel that they want to reduce weight are able to do that through the power of prayer.

My husband, Pastor Victor Emenike, can fast for several weeks, only drinking water, tea, and hot chocolate. He remains healthy throughout the fast without losing a single pound. He even looks healthier during the fast.

Remember, prayer allows you to receive strength during the time of fasting.

He giveth power to the faint (weary); and to them that have no might (vigour) he increaseth strength (multiplies power). Isaiah 40:29 (KJV)

Can I fast while pregnant?

Yes you can. But you need to make that decision yourself. When you believe that God is your provider, you do not need to fear anything.

Even during pregnancy you can fast for a short time. You do not need to fast for a whole day. There are a variety of fasts, and you can choose the one that you feel most comfortable with.

In all, never cease to pray to your Loving Father, who enjoys when you fast, knowing that you will draw closer to Him during that time.

No matter what your decision, remember that fasting is good, but you should do all things in the power of the Spirit!

I (Pastor Judith Emenike) fasted during all my pregnancies, and I had wonderful pregnancies. I was not irritated, nor aggressive, nor restless. I was always in a good mood. The hormone change did not affect me negatively. Instead, I felt good, both physically as well as emotionally. My spirit was open and I always had wonderful revelation with Jesus during these times.

Please remember, that you should not use my own experience as a guide. If you are in the least bit doubtful about the consequences of a fast please do not hesitate to consult your physician. Together you may arrange a fasting programme that is suitable for your own special situation. It is always a wise move to discuss your own situation with your physician so that both of you can monitor your progress.

Are there different kinds of fasts?

There are many different kinds of fasts.

When you read the scripture you will see that Daniel refrained from eating the king’s meat or the king’s wine (Daniel 1:5).

You do not need to only go on a water fast.

You can do fast by deciding not to eat certain foods.

Different kind of fasts:

  • Fasting set times during the day, such as mornings, evenings, or working hours.
  • Fasting for a set day of the week (good for regularly fasting).
  • Fasting for a set period of time, such as two days, or a week.
  • Eating no meat, fish, noodles, rice, potatoes.
  • Dry fasting which is an intense procedure and may cause adverse effects. This fast involves no drinks of any kind. Nothing enters the mouth. (This fast is more spiritual and only recommend for one day only).
  • Fasting delicacies where you only eat bland food (Daniel 10:3).
  • Fasting hobbies that take time from you and your relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Fasting from TV
  • Fasting from reading. This can involve only reading the Bible, or Christian material. It can also mean avoiding newspapers, magazines, romance novels etc.

There are many kinds of fasts. It is, however, the food fast that is by far the most challenging one.

The Word of God mentions fasting from food, or different kinds of food, most often. In each case, the person fasting spent this time seeking God’s presence.

And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. And when the tempter (devil) came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Matthew 4:2-4 (KJV)

Jesus fasted and afterwards was tempted with what he was fasting with.

The concept here is that fasting is a tool to overcome the devil, which strengthens and helps you to win.
But also realize that the devil wants to know if you have really gained control over what you were fasting with and whether you have allowed the Spirit of God to rule over you.

The reason for fasting and prayer

Fasting helps you to get your body, feelings, and your senses under control.

As a child of God you should allow God to lead you through His Spirit.

God is a Spirit: and those who worship Him must worship him in spirit and in truth John 4:24 (KJV).

That is why it is so important to train your inner man to receive instructions from God without interference from your body.

Even Jesus Christ gave himself as an example of the importance of fasting. We need to follow His example!

But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days Luke 5: 35 (KJV).

Jesus himself is saying, that we will fast.

Fasting also helps you to find out over which areas of your life you have gained control!

Fasting allows you to discern over which areas in your life that your inner man is in charge. This is especially true if you do a variety of fasts on a regular basis.

Fasting draws you closer to Jesus.

Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil Joel 2:12-13 (KJV).

Hanna in the bible was serving the Lord with fasting and prayer.

And she was a widow of about fourscore and four (eighty-four) years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day Luke 2: 37 (KJV).

This shows that the age of a person is no hindrance in fasting. People of all ages can fast and serve the Lord with gladness.

Fasting doesn’t compel God to do something.

Fasting is for the person who is fasting, not for God!!

Do I need to fast once a year?

No, fasting should be done on regular basis, to help you stay spiritually aware all the time.
Just as you eat food in order to stay healthy physically, so also you need to fast and pray in order to stay healthy spiritually.

  1. Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.
  2. Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high.
  3. Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD?
  4. Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
  5. Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
  6. Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy reward.
  7. Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity; Isaiah 58: 3-9 (KJV).

In conclusion, please remember that having the right attitude of heart is the foremost priority in order to make the fast pleasing to your God.

For further studies, see 1 Peter 3:4, Romans 7:22, Ephesians 3:16 and 2 Corinthians 4:16.

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