21 Day Fast
Starting January 14th, we will begin a 21 day fast as a church body. We are taking out time as a community to focus on all that God wants to do in us and through us. We believe that through these 21 days of fasting we will be making room for God to do the miraculous in our lives and in our church!
What is fasting?
Fasting is not just denying yourself food or an activity, but it is exchanging the needs of the physical body for those of the spiritual. Fasting has been a spiritual discipline in the lives of many of the great spiritual leaders throughout history. It is well documented that the Apostle Paul, Martin Luther, and John Calvin all made fasting a regular part of their spiritual lives. John Wesley fasted every Wednesday and Friday, and even required the clergy under him to do the same. However, it is important to keep in mind that there is no “formula fast” or one “right” way. Fasting is about the condition of the heart.
What should I fast?
Our goal in fasting is to create closer intimacy with Christ. So, while fasting in the Bible always involved the abstention of food, some choose to fast from something such as media, TV, or the internet.
How do I prepare for fasting?
Pray about what God would want you to fast during this time. Maybe it’s refraining from one meal a day, abstaining from certain foods, or from something such as media. Either way, it should result in you having more concentrated time to devote to prayer.
If you are abstaining from certain foods or certain meals throughout the day, it may be helpful to begin by eating smaller meals before the fast. Cutting down on your meals a few days before you begin the fast will signal your mind, stomach, and appetite that less food is acceptable.
What resources would you recommend as I prepare for our fast?
Abide in Christ by Andrew Murray
Campus Crusade: 7 Steps to Successful Fasting and Prayer
God’s Chosen Fast by Arthur Wallis