New Year, Same God! We are so excited to start off the new year with 21 Days of Prayer as we get into alignment with what the Lord has in store. Join us January 7 to January 28 as we prepare our hearts and connect with God as a church family.
what is fasting
A biblical fast can be defined as simply abstaining from food for spiritual purposes. It was encouraged and expected by Jesus that believers would fast (Matt. 6:17-18, Matt. 9:15). Many abstain from food, television and other forms of entertainment during this time and spend that time drawing closer to God instead. What makes this time of fasting rich is by using the time to pray, read the Bible and worship God. Simply said – if fasting is not coupled with prayer and Bible reading it’s simply a diet.
4 ways to fast
As you choose a way to fast, enjoy the closeness you find with God when you set aside time in His presence.
Drink only liquids (you establish the number of days)
Give up at least one item of food
A partial fast is from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or is from sunup to sundown. You can select from the three types of fasting- a full fast, Daniel fast or give up at least one item of food.
Eat no meat, no sweets and no bread, drink water and juice. Eat fruits and vegetables
what is the daniel fast?
The Daniel fast is a biblically base partial fast. It is a method of fasting that men, women and young people all over the world are using as they enter into the spiritual discipline of prayer and fasting.
There are two anchoring scriptures for the Daniel fast. In Daniel 1 the prophet ate only vegetables (that would have included fruits) and drank only water. So from these scriptures we get two of the guidelines for the fast.
Only fruits and vegetables
water for beverage
Then in Daniel 10 we read that the prophet ate no meat nor any precious breads or food and drank no wine for 21 days. So from this scripture, we get a third guideline.
No sweeteners or breads
Scripture References for Fasting: Matthew 6:16-18, Matthew 9:14-15, Luke 18:9-14
Relation to Prayer and Reading the Word: 1 Samuel 1:6-8, 17-18, Nehemiah 1:4, Daniel 9:3, Daniel 9:20, Joel 2:12, Luke 2:37, Acts 10:30, Acts 13:2
Corporate Fasting: 1 Samuel 7:5-6, Ezra 8:21-23, Nehemiah 9:1-3, Joel 2:15-16, John 3:5-10, Acts 27:33-37
Remember that it is the attitude of the heart sincerely seeking Him to which God responds with a blessing ( Isaiah 58, Jeremiah 14:12, 1 Corinthians 8:8) May God greatly bless you as you fast!