21 Days of Prayer and Fasting 2016
As we continue to move forward with all that God has for us here at Faith Center we want to begin this year by setting aside time to “sit at God’s feet” as a family and a body of believers. To corporately and individually seek God for His miraculous power to be evidenced more in our lives and in the life of this church.
Would you join with us beginning January 11th and take 21 days to seek God together, to set time aside to see what He has for this Body and for you individually?
What Is Fasting?
“Simply stated biblical fasting is refraining from eating food for a spiritual purpose.” When we eliminate eating from our daily schedules it frees time to be with the Lord, unclutters our hearts and makes us amazingly sensitive to the things of God.
Is It In The Bible?
Yes! Fasting is mentioned 21 times in Scripture. The Bible records many circumstances when God’s people fasted and prayed.
- Moses fasted when he received God’s law (Deut. 9:9)
- Joshua fasted when Israel’s armies were defeated at Ai (Joshua 7:6)
- Jesus fasted at the beginning of His earthly ministry (Matt. 4:2)
- To Petition God (Ezra 8:23)
- To Break Spiritual Bondage (Isaiah 58:6)
- Repentance (Daniel 9:2-3)
- For Wisdom (Daniel 9:21-22)
How Do You Fast?
There are three kinds of fasts that are mentioned in Scripture:
1.) The Absolute Fast – This fast is an extreme fast and should only be done for very short periods of time. The absolute fast means you take in nothing – no food or water. This is not your ordinary fast and should not be attempted without first consulting your physician.
2.) The Normal Fast – No food of any kind is eaten for a certain number of days. You do drink water and plenty of it. Depending on the length of your fast you may also choose to take in clear broth or juices.
3.) The Partial Fast or “Daniel Fast” – A partial fast usually involves giving up particular foods and drinks for a time. One of the most commonly used examples of a partial fast is seen in Daniel 1:11-14 and Daniel 10:3. In chapter 1 Daniel only eats vegetables and drinks water. Later on in chapter 10 He refrains from eating “choice” foods and drinks no wine.
There is no set way for determining how long you fast or what type of fast you do. Make this a matter of prayer and ask the Lord what you should do.
Important Things To Remember When Fasting:
- Fasting is not a spiritual badge of honor. It’s not about how long you fast but about setting time aside to seriously seek God.
- Our fasting is to be done privately:
16 “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth; they have received their reward in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Even though we will be taking time to fast and pray over the next 21 days as a congregation it is between you and God how you fast and when you fast.
- Don’t get caught up in legalism. If you fast one meal, one day or one week it is an awesome sacrifice seen by God! If you eat a cracker or drink some juice it doesn’t mean that your prayers suddenly become ineffective.
- Start slowly. If you have never fasted start with one meal or one day. You can also fast from sun up to sundown. Don’t start with more than you can handle.
- Know your physical condition. If fasting is not an option because of physical health then set extra time aside for prayer and study in God’s Word.
- Make the fast mean something to you! When fasting, it is imperative that we spend the extra time each day praying and being in the Word. If we simply abstain from eating we are not fasting…we’re dieting!
- Keep a journal during the next 21 days of the things God shows you. It’s a great way to keep fresh His promises to us.
- We will be concluding this time of prayer and fasting on Sunday, January 26th with a special night of worship and prayer here at Faith Center!
Why Fast Right Now?
Beginning this year with a time of fasting is to set our hearts individually and corporately as a church on The Lord. To set time aside to hear from Him about who we are, where were at and where we need to be.
We will be ending our time of fasting on Sunday, January 31st with prayer and worship at 5:00 pm!