This year in 2020, our church family is embarking on a 21 Day Fast from January 12 through February 1 as part of our effort to put God FIRST in our lives.  Fasting is one of the most powerful spiritual disciplines. Through fasting and prayer, the Holy Spirit can transform your life (Isaiah 58).

 

Fasting  was common in both the Old and New Testament eras. For example, Moses fasted at least two recorded 40 day periods. Jesus fasted 40 days and reminded His followers to fast, "when you fast," not if you fast.  Fasting is a biblical way to truly humble yourself in the sight of God (Psalm 35:13; Ezra 8:21). King David said, "I humble myself through fasting."  It enables the Holy Spirit to reveal your true spiritual condition, resulting in brokenness, repentance, and a transformed life. It can also transform your prayer life into a richer and more personal experience. 

 

Note: Please consult your doctor before you begin your fast, especially if you are on medications or under the age of 18 years old.

  • Fasting from Social Media, TV, Internet, or a certain activity.
     

  • Fasting from one meal or from certain times of the day.
     

  • Daniel Fast; includes primarily vegetables and water. LEARN MORE
     

  • Juice fast.
     

  • Absolute Fast; no food and no water. (This should only be done with extreme caution.)

  • Throughout your fast, you may feel weaker than normal. During the first few days, you may feel tired and irritable. This is normal as your body is getting rid of toxins that have built up.
     

  • Fasting is not just denying yourself food. It is exchanging the needs of the physical body for those of the spiritual. 
     

  • Arranging special time each day with God is absolutely crucial in attaining intimate communion with the Father. Take time to pray and read the Word. This may seem obvious, but busyness and distractions can keep you from your special time with God.
     

  • Fast and pray in order to humble yourself and purify your worship. In fasting we are not trying to get something from God, but rather we are seeking to realign our hearts’ affections with His.
     

  • Don’t boast about your fast. Let people know you won’t be eating only if you need to (Matthew 6:16-18).
     

  • Have a clear target as your prayer focus. Without a vision (a clear, prophetic prayer goal) the people perish. Write down your vision, so you can run with it (Habakkuk 2:2). Pray for your family, the unsaved, our government, church family ,our Pastor, job. etc.
     

  • Make your commitment. You can fast in many different ways. Pray and ask God what he will give you faith for as the specifics for the fast.
     

  • Expect to hear God’s voice in the Word, dreams, visions and revelations. Daniel prepared himself to receive revelation through fasting (Daniel 10:1-2). Revelation is a reward of fasting (Matthew 6:18).
     

  • Prepare for opposition. There will be many opportunities to break your commitment to your fast with unforeseen temptations.. Press through. The devil tempted Jesus on the fast, and we must expect the same. Discouragement may come in like a flood, but recognize the source and take your stand on the victory of Christ.

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