21 Days of Prayer and Fasting
A BRIEF GUIDE TO FASTING
The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God. Our salvation and standing in Christ is completely a free gift and no “work” that is no activity earns that or enhances that, everything we need we obtain by what Christ did. So why Fast ?
Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out. It also enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all the good things God desires to bring into our lives. Remember, 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.
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. If you are on medication do be careful if you choose this option and if unsure consult your doctor.
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 and consume 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 am to 3:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown. If doing this be careful not to “binge” , but have a simple meal at a set time.
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.
Daniel 1: 1-13
During the 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting we have made several opportunities for prayer.
Tuesday Night (prayer and worship) @ 7pm
Thursday Morning (prayer) 10.30am
Saturday Morning (prayer) 9.15am