As a church, we are observing 21 days of prayer and fasting beginning Sunday, January 19, and ending Saturday, February 8. This is a season of focused prayer as a church family. You may also choose to fast at other times during the year for your own spiritual development. It’s very typical to fast a single meal, a whole day, or three days or more. The timing of your fast is not as important as the strength of your focus on God as you fast. Below you will find what we are fasting/praying for, and the different ways you can fast.
Areas of Prayer
-Smooth transition into our new space and that we use the new space to better serve our community
-That we be known in our community by our love
-That we reach and connect with those God has for us to reach
-For other local churches and ministries in our area
-That our area would feel and experience Christ's love
-That people would come to know and trust Jesus
-That God would use us to impact our:
--Coworkers --Classmates --Family --Neighbors
-Growth in our personal relationship with Jesus
-Holiness (fleeing from sin and honoring God in how we live)
-That our love for God increases
-Courage to follow however He leads us
-Increase our trust in him
Types of Fasts
Your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very 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.
In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.
This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, and bread from your diet, consuming water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.
This fast is sometimes called the “Jewish Fast” and 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 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., or from sunup to sundown. Or, you can choose to fast from a particular meal each day.
This fast is a great 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 might choose to stop using social media or watching television 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.