Writen by: Unveiled Wife On February 17, 2012

Fasting For My Marriage – 40 Day Fast Beginning February 22nd!

My church has encouraged the congregation to do a 40 day fast together.  I was deeply touched by last weeks sermon, which gave more understanding to why I should fast.  I also want to encourage you, if you feel that the Lord is leading you to do so, to fast with us.

Please watch this 40 min sermon from Pastor Chuck:

JUBILEE: POWER & PROMISE OF FASTING! from Crossroads Christian Church on Vimeo.

Isaiah 58:6

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke? “

The first thing that happens when we fast with the right motives, and tune into God is being set free from bondage.  We will be able to be the people God wants us to be.  There is freedom in fasting!

Isaiah 58:7

“Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe him,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?”

When we fast correctly, God sets us free and then we can unselfishly bless others.

This is my favorite part, the power of fasting is found in verses 8-12

“Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.

If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.
The LORD will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.
Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.”

I want to experience God in this way, I want answered prayers, I want recovery, I want God to guide me, satisfy my needs and strengthen me.

We answered these questions recently in preparing for the fast and if you are considering fasting I urge you to answer them as well.

What are you fasting for?

What are you fasting from?

My husband and I are fasting for the salvation of family members, for others to find their purpose in God, for our marriage to reach a new depth, and that God would move in an extraordinary way with Unveiled Wife and Husband Revolution.

We have decided to fast from sweets, coffee, and the use of technology in bed.

Our goal is to draw closer to God and closer to each other.

I hope that you decide to fast as well.  I am excited to see how God will move through our lives and through our marriages in just forty days!

The fast begins this coming Wednesday February 22nd!

I am going to be reading Isaiah 58 and Psalm 23 throughout the fast for encouragement.

Please let us know if you will be joining the fast and what we can pray for! Also, maybe add more encouraging scriptures!

*Also note: When we resist things that have been such a big part of our life, it can be easy for our flesh to get irritated more easily.  Please evaluate your attitude daily, make sure you are not complaining or grumbling, this is when it is crucial to pray and lean on God more than ever.  This is a growing process and an exercise of self-control and faith. 

“We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us!” – Philippians 4:13

 

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  • hilda ramos

    Hi I’m wondering if anyone is currently fasting! I need prayers for my husband! Please lord save my marriage ! Help my husband with his drug addiction! Amen

  • http://beforetimeexisted.wordpress.com/ Loretta

    Jennifer, thank you for such a beautiful blog.

    You have given me the inspiration to really fight for my new marriage (10
    months) which for reasons yet unknown to me, has disintegrated into not even speaking to one another (we live in separate countries, me in Australia and my husband in the USA, which we knew we would have to for a while, but we always spoke on the telephone, distance didn’t matter). I know that we have been under attack from the day we took our vows. I’m joining in your fast (although very late!)
    and will continue for the forty days. I believe I have seen a glimmer of change
    in our relationship, this is now day five for me.

    Thank you,

    Loretta

  • Brittnei

    I just found this site 3 days ago. I am fasting from takeout and for my husband to come back home and stop his affair. I believe my marriage will be healed and restored. Please keep my husband and I in your prayers.

  • Gloria Mosha-Onchiri

    I have been blessed by this site. May the Lord continue to pour out His blessing as we pray for our marriages.

  • Mark

    Thank you for responding. I know your site is dedicated to women and wives but it also seemed very dedicated to praying for and preserving marriages and I am as desperate as many of these wives are to see God heal my ex-wife’s wounded heart and reconcile our marriage and family. Thank you for your prayers and helping me to believe there is hope.
    Mark
    502-599-1265

  • http://unveiledwife.com/ Unveiled Wife

    We are fasting right now! Until mar 24th!

    Jennifer Smith Loving Life

  • Mark

    I realize your post on fasting is over a year old but I am wondering if there is anyone here willing to fast with me for my marriage & family to be restored. My wife divorced me in June 2012 and we both are brlievers. We have a 3yr old son and we have as amiable relationship as a recently divorced couple could. I have taken responsibiity for my many failures in the marriage not working and have apologized, repented, and offered every manner of possibilities for us to attend classes and counseling and yet her mind appears to be made up and her heart hardened against me. I know the incredible power of fasting and corporate prayer and am reaching out for others to please join with me.

  • Gladys Otieno

    Consider me in! Praying for my Marriage; Let my Husband to see the light at the end of the tunnel and stop his sinful ways and restore him to know He got a beautiful Family granted from God above; I pray that God will destroy all the chains of witchcraft, adultery,
    anger, bitterness and unforgiveness, comparatives. That God will complete us as we
    pursue our God-given purpose and our plans to prosper till eternity Amen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/daddyslittlecupcake Gerri King Richardson

    I am definitely in! I will be fasting for us as a couple to become closer to God and to strengthen our marriage, I will keep you all in my prayers as well :-)

  • Anisa marchand

    I will join the fast! I am fasting for my heart to be set in fire for my husband and for me to be sensitive to his needs. I wiill fast from sodas and dessert. May God do a miracle in my heart. I will also set aside any relationship that will not be profitable to our marriage.

  • Tangia Byrd

    Count me in! To be more loving..that we grow stronger in the lord…no profanity…

  • http://unveiledwife.com/ Unveiled Wife

    That is awesome that you are in a recovery program! Continue seeking after God and lift up your requests to Him!! God Bless!

  • Tommy

    I missed starting a fast with you, but I am starting a fast tonight to soften my wife’s heart and for the Lord to save our marriage. We have both committed adultery and I have been struggling with addiction to alcohol for a number of years. I am currently in a faith-based recovery center and am trusting God to heal me. But it has been 2 1/2 months and my wife has not written or come to visit. She says that she is letting me go and trying not to get in God’s way. But as a husband, I cannot just give up without a fight. I have hurt my wife deeply, but I am repentant and I love her. I am standing for our marriage to be reconciled, not because of anything that I can do, but to see God’s power move mightily in our lives.

  • Johnkarenhill

    OK…so I just found your site today.  Begin my 40 day tomorrow.  Our marriage in shambles… no hope.  BUT God.  I will seek his face and humble myself this way.  Maybe…just maybe?  He will hear and heal us? 

  • Carol

    I find myself being less selfish about things and doing more for my husband.  I continue to pray for my marriage and for my children and their spouses/families.  I want to be a blessing to those around me and for them to see Christ in me.

  • LadyEm34

    My husband I have been talking more and spending more time together than ususal. I am excited about how God is going to continue to move on our behalf that my husband is falling more and more in love with God and with me and that he desires to come home and we stop living these seperate lives. Thank you for all of the wives and unveiled wife for this fast and your prayers. Christ is a repairer of the breach and a restorer to all that is broken. Thank God for change!!!

  • http://unveiledwife.com Unveiled WIfe

     So awesome you will be joining us Kim!  I am praying for your husband and others to come to know Christ in an intimate way! I am in awe of how God is going to move!

  • http://unveiledwife.com Unveiled WIfe

     Im excited that you are excited Carol! :) And I agree with you it is important that we are healthy!

  • http://unveiledwife.com Unveiled WIfe

     Emily, I am blessed by your words, your faithfulness, and your commitment!  I am praying with you!

  • http://unveiledwife.com Unveiled WIfe

     AMEN!  This is a huge issue many marriages face! I stand in prayer with you!

  • http://unveiledwife.com Unveiled WIfe

     The message grabbed my attention to Darci!  I feel like God wants a revival to happen through marriages and I can’t wait to see what happens!  I pray that you experience God in a whole new way over the next 40 days! God Bless!

  • Darci

    I found this website through a friend today. I have been wandering in the desert. I moved more than 800 miles from my support system, my family and my church family. My heart has wandered and I have felt lost. The last week God has been whispering and calling me home. I listened to this message from Pastor Chuck and was awakened. When he read Isaiah 58:11 I wept. “And He will satisfy your desire in scorched places.” I want nothing more than to be Jesus to others, to allow who I am to melt away as He is made known in me. God meets us right where we are, so today I begin a fast for my unsaved husband, our marriage, our living situation and my children. I fast for Jesus to be the center, the head and the driver. I fast today for renewal and for new life to spring forth in this scorched place. I am surrendering my addiction, listening to only Christian music, and pulling back from electronic vices. I also make a commitment to seek Him every day without fail, to read each day from my bible and to use my prayer language each day.  Today I commit to seek you Lord and to lay my life down.

  • Daneen

     I’m fasting candy.  I will be praying for my marriage- tremendous healing, trust restored, to renew and restore, and for it to be more centered around God.  I will be praying for husband to want a more intimate relationship with God,  my daughter’s salvation, and for me to be able to completely surrender to God and for him to replace all the hurt with joy.  I pray God will take over my family and lead us to the life he wants of us.

  • Actsyouth02

    I’m going to fast for my marriage to be from from every and any form of lust, pornography, and adultery! I pray that my husband continues to grow more in his faith and steps up as the spiritual leader of our family as God intended him to be! I will also fast for everyone in this day and age to realize the sanctity of marriage and what God intended for married couples.

  • Snflwradria

    I am fasting a meal a day for the Lord’s guidance in a new house and job placement next year.

  • Emily M

    I’m fasting sweet tea & chocolate! Two of my favs!! I’ll be fasting & praying for my marriage- broken trust to be totally restored, & our marriage be refreshed & renewed centered around God. Also, that my husbands relationship with God continues to grow so he can be the spiritual leader of our home. I’m praying for healing and that I can fulfill all areas of a godly wife, exemplifying Christs love & respect, giving (submitting) to my husband for what he needs. Last two things, that we will be blessed with a child, and the right door opens for my husbands career.

  • Carol G.

    I am going to fast from ALL sweets for 40 days with you.  I want my husband to be closer to God, to be the head of our household that God wants him to be and for reconciliation in our entire family.  I’m excited about this fast.  I had been praying the past few days and asking God to help me give up chocolate and get back on the exercise kick to be a healthier person.  Not trying to have a certain figure but just be a healthier person physically and spiritually.  As we all know God answers in His own time and it is not our time usually.  But this just fell in place so quickly that I know it’s from Him.  I’m so excited to fasting alone with Christian friends.

  • Estherormsby

    This is so moving

  • Tricia

    I am joining this fast, and I am excited to stand in the gap for the promises of God in my life. I am fasting for a healthy marriage and a joined family family front for God!!

  • Luvdolphins1977

    I will be fasting for my husband’s relationship with the Lord, for him to get serious about God and become the spiritual leader of our home, and for our business and finances. I’ll be fasting from snacking.  This will be a BIG one for me because I’m a snacker LOL.

  • Jen

    I’ll be joining as well! I don’t drink coffee or soda, and I very rarely eat sweets, so I’ve decided to fast from facebook, and will only watch christian stations on tv. I’m fasting for my husband to be healed, and for his personal spiritual growth. And also for our marriage of course.

  • Dmayhue

    I am going to fast candy for 40 days and praying for God to restore our marriage, for it to be more Christ centered, for my husband to want to know God and have a relationship with, and for my daughter’s salvation.

  • Writing4christ

    Fasting for wisdom for our family, wisdom and growth for us as a married couple, to gain what we need to go to the next level God has for us.Just to be more on fire for Him and the plans He has for us. Praise God! Give us ALL strength!

  • Moffett Renee

    i have joined to day with the fasting i glad to have the web pge as my facebook that you share these things tohelp me in my family.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AmyJaneTaylor Amy-Jane Taylor

    I will be joining you! I will be fasting all sweets, tea and coffee.
    I’ll be fasting for my marriage, that our marriage grows deeper and more Christ-like, and my personal relationship with Christ grows deeper. Another thing I’ll be fasting for is a job that I’ll be able to provide for us (as my husband is studying and unable to work at the moment).

  • Kim Finley

    I am going to fast sweet drinks for 40 days with you and be praying for my husband to come to know the Lord, and in a most intimate wonderful way.  Glad to be joining you!  I was definitely led by the Lord and actually was going to be fasting alone but now I found this, and I’m so thankful to be alongside others!  Thank you!
    Kim
    http://www.myheartandyours.org

  • Mona2514

    I will join the fast please pray for healing for my son, and that my husband gets hired on permanently at his job

  • http://unveiledwife.com Unveiled WIfe

    I am so excited to hear that so many of you are joining in this 40 day fast!  I am eager to experience God in a beautiful way, and to see Him move through our lives.  I am praying along side you in Jesus name!

    Please update to let us know how God is moving in your life over the next 40 days!

    Blessings!

  • http://unveiledwife.com Unveiled WIfe

     AMEN!

  • http://unveiledwife.com Unveiled WIfe

     Praying for restoration in marriages! Can’t wait to experience more of God!

  • http://unveiledwife.com Unveiled WIfe

     Yes Neo!  I pray that your husband receives salvation in Jesus Name!

  • http://unveiledwife.com Unveiled WIfe

     Awesome!  It is so important to be growing in our relationships!  I will also be praying that more couples find other couples that will be role models, friends, and encouragers!

  • http://unveiledwife.com Unveiled WIfe

    That is so honorable Monica!  I love that you are praying for your marriage to be Christ-like!

  • http://twitter.com/MonicaMaria820 Monica Velasquez

    I will be fasting too!  I will be fasting coffee (and espresso) and all sweets. I will be contending for my friend’s and family’s marriages and for my own marriage to be Christ-centered, to fall even more incredibly in love with Jesus, for my husband and i to realize our calling and identity, and for complete restoration to God and to each other in the broken marriages around me. 

  • Guest

    I will be fasting for myself, my husband and our bb, I have a good husband but he gets distracted easily.  The devil has been at work even before I was married but I never really pick up on it.  My parents have been married for thirthy-three years now and that’s the kind of marriage I want.
    I will be fasting for my husband so he can meet new people, happy and trustworthy couples so he can have that as role model and apply that in our marriage. 
    I will be fasting for myself, for forgiveness, it’s hard for me to let go when I know that the devil is using people I know to hurt me and hurt my family.
    Count me in

  • Bherndon_08

    I’m not married ~ but would love to join the fast for New Beginnings In My Life! For The Right Doors To Open In All Areas Of My Life! So That For Once In My Life I Am Finally Going Down The Right Path! Sooo Many Disappointments/Destruction  My Entire Life & Would Love To Know That Jesus Cares Enough About Me To Finally  Allow Me To Live A Normal ~ Spiritually Filled ~ Abundant Life Worth Waking Up To Each & Every Morning And Living It To The Fullest ~ With Joy In My Heart ~And With The Right People! Amen!

  • Neo Coangae

    Count me in! I’ll be fasting for restoration of my marriage. For my husband to receive the salvation of our Lord Jesus Christ. I pray that God will destroy all the chains of witchcraft, adultry, anger, bitterness and unforgiveness. That God will complete us as we pursue our God-given purpose.

  • Misslouissaint

    I am fasting for GOD to move bitterness out of my heart and let HIS love live there for my marriage

  • http://twitter.com/MsCynthiaM Ms. Cynthia M.

    I’m on board! :-) 

  • Ladyem34

    You can count me in. I will be fasting for the complete restoration of my marriage with my husband coming home. For us to be healed from the wounds of the past (all of us our four children included) for strength and financial wholeness. For every chain and yield of adultery to be broken completely and destroyed. I will fast from cakes,cookies and pies. From meat after 6pm as well as all sweets.

    Please stand praying with us for restoration and healing as I will pray ur strength and needs met in Christ Jesus.

  • Ncg911

    Keep your focus on God & make sure you & your husband are united as one & it will get better w/ your step kids…trust me, I know!!  :)

  • Nelda

    count me in!!!

  • Kristelbelle

    I am going to do this! I am a step mom of 2 and a new mom. I have been really struggling with my step kids…am really not sure why?…. I also want to do this for my marriage. I want God to work in our family! I need him!… This maybe just what I need! I hope I find healing through this! Yea!!!

  • Indira

    I would love to join the fast. I will be fasting for my husband’s deliverance and salvation, as well as, the restoration of our marriage.

  • Tammy Fixsal

    i want to do this also,

  • Clarissalynn

    I want to fast for my marriage and for my husband and children’s salvation. My name is Lynn, please pray for me

  • MYHONEY650

    That sounds awesome!!! I think my husband and join in

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