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Prayer & Fasting (January 7th-28th 2018)

As a church, we are taking 21 days at the beginning of the year to seek God through prayer and fasting. We will be meeting together to pray EVERY DAY during this time. Many of us will be fasting as well. Fasting is a biblical concept whereby a believer chooses to go without certain things (usually food) in order to more effectively focus on God and seek His will for their life. In a way, it's a time when we choose to be hungry physically in order to be filled by what we are hungry for spiritually. Below is some info on fasting that we hope will be helpful to you as you join us.


How to Begin

 
Start with a clear goal. Be specific. Why are you fasting? Do you need direction, healing, restoration of marriage or family issues? Are you facing financial difficulties? Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. Pray daily and read the Bible.

Preparing Spiritually
Confess your sins to God. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal areas of weakness. Forgive all who have offended you and ask forgiveness from those you may have offended (Mark 11:25Luke 11:417:3-4). Surrender your life fully to Jesus Christ and reject the worldly desires that try to hinder you (Romans 12:1-2).


Deciding What to Fast


The type of fasting you choose is up to you. You could go on a full fast in which you only drink liquids, or you may desire to fast like Daniel, who abstained from dairy, sweets and meats, and the only liquid he drank was water. Some may fast things like TV, social media, or sugar. Whatever you decide to fast is between you and God, but it should be something that is costly to you.

Remember to replace the time you would normally spend doing whatever you are fasting with prayer and Bible study.

MORE on the Daniel fast


Deciding How Long


You may fast as long as you like. Most can easily fast from one to three days, but you may feel the grace to go longer, even as much as 21 days. Use wisdom and pray for guidance. Beginners are advised to start slow.


What to Expect


When you fast your body detoxifies, eliminating toxins from your system. This can cause mild discomfort such as headaches and irritability during withdrawal from caffeine and sugars. And naturally, you will have hunger pains. Limit your activity and exercise moderately. Take time to rest. Fasting brings about miraculous results. You are following Jesus’ example when you fast. Spend time listening to praise and worship. Pray as often as you can throughout the day. Get away from the normal distractions as much as possible and keep your heart and mind set on seeking God’s face.

Remember, fasting is not about trying to manipulate God into doing what you want. It's about putting yourself in a position to be able to hear what He wants for you. Expect great things from God during your fast, but usually, even greater things afterward.


How to End


Don’t overeat when the time comes to end your fast. Begin eating solid food gradually; eat small portions or snacks.