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14 days of prayer and fasting

Jan 27–Feb 9

We are going to start the year together as a church with a season of prayer and fasting as we believe and seek the Lord for breakthrough in our lives, in our church, and in our city. We believe in the power of prayer and we believe if anything of significance is going to happen, it is going to be birthed in prayer. There are three levels to our contending: Our lives, our church, and our city. 

WATCH BERT'S SERMON ON FASTING

Throughout the bible, there’s a connection between prayer and fasting. Fasting is a willing abstinence from food for a period of time. Fasting is one of the most abused and least used of all the spiritual disciplines. 

Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. –Matthew 4:4

How long does the fast last? 

Our 14 days of fasting will start Monday January 27. The week before, in your Community Group, share some of your excitements, fears, and which type of fast you will be doing. 

We are breaking the fast together as a church on Vision Sunday, February 9.

Fasting confirms our utter dependance on God by finding him a source of sustenance beyond food. Fasting unto our Lord is therefore feasting–feasting on him and doing his will. –Dallas Willard 

So we fasted and implored our God for this, and he listened to our entreaty. –Ezra 8:23

What types of fasts are there?

The fast you choose should present a level of challenge, but it’s 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. Fasting requires reasonable precautions. Take into consider your health, any current medical conditions, and consult your physician, especially if you have health concerns, are taking medication, have a chronic condition, or are pregnant or nursing.

Here are a few types of fasts:

Complete Fast → You drink only liquids.

Partial Fast → This involves abstaining from eating any type of food in the morning and afternoon. Typically known as a sunup to sundown fast. You can also use specific times of the day, for example: 7:00am-7:00pm

Selective Fast → You remove certain elements from your diet. But, Once again, there is an element to fasting where you are removing that is otherwise something normal in your diet.

Soul Fast → This is a good option if there are health concerns that prevent a full or partial fast. An example might be eliminating all media (social media, TV, music, podcasts, etc.), for the duration of the fast.

How can i prepare to fast?

Here are a few practical tips to prepare:

Think about your plan, write it down, and share it with your community group → Begin your fast with a committed heart.

Eliminate caffeine from your diet 1 week before you begin → This helps reduce the likelihood of headaches.

Enter into the fast by ramping in, eater smaller meals or even skipping a few meals before the fast → Similarly, at the end of the fast, ramp off, i.e. don’t eat a huge feast the day after the fast, but slowly introduce greater amounts of food back in. 

Consult with your physician if you have medical concerns or questions. 

It is no vain thing to wait on the Lord and trust Him. –Arthur Wallis

What to do while fasting?

Each time you feel a hunger pain or think about food or take a lunch break (with no lunch!), use it as a prompt for prayer. Turn your heart to God and ask him to starve your flesh and feed your Spirit. Use your imagination to “see” yourself drawing strength from God himself. 

Here are a few other things that can be incorporated into those prayer times:

Break a Habit → Identify a specific sin or habit or pattern in your “flesh” that you want to break. Spend the fast in prayer for freedom in that area. 

Journal → Take a little time for self-reflection. Get your journal out or go for a walk and think about what this Practice is revealing about you. Richard Foster said, “Fasting reveals the things that control us.” If you just feel “hangry” all day, or if you can’t make it more than a few hours, ask yourself, “Why do I feel this way?” Treat yourself compassionately, as God does, yet honestly as well. Remember: the point isn’t a guilt trip but freedom. 

Read Scripture → “Feed” on the word of God, like Jesus did in the wilderness.