Fasting 2021 

Join us for 21 Days of Prayer + Fasting!

According to the Bible, there are three duties of every Christian: give, pray, and fast. Biblical fasting takes a lot of discipline and strength—strength which you can only receive from God. Your private discipline will bring you rewards in Heaven. When you give God your first through fasting, prayer and giving at the beginning of the year, you set the course for the entire year.

Why should I fast?
Are you in need of healing or a miracle?
Do you need the tender touch of God in your life?
Is there a dream inside you that only He can make possible?
Are you in need of a fresh encounter?
Do you desire a deeper, more intimate and powerful relationship with the Lord?
Are you ready to have heightened sensitivity to the desires of God?
Do you need to break away from bondages that have been holding you hostage?
Is there a friend or loved one that needs Salvation?
Do you desire to know God’s will for your life?

We encourage you to seek the Lord in prayer and let your decisions about your biblical fasting come from Him. Ask the Lord to show you areas to target during your time of fasting and prayer. We believe that, as we pray and seek God and give Him our best at the first of the year, He will bless our ENTIRE year (Matthew 6:33)!

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Types of Fasts

There are several types of fasting. The one you choose is between you and God. He will honor your best sacrifice.

Drink only liquids (you establish the number of days).

Eat no meat, no sweets and no bread. Drink water and juice. Eat fruits and vegetables.

A partial fast is from 6:00am to 3:00pm or from sun up to sundown. You can select from three types of fasting —a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.

Fasting together in a group, such as a church community.
We are participating in a corporate fast with our church community as described in Acts;
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off (13:2–3).

// Benefits of a Corporate Fast //

Heightens your Sensitivity to the Spirit
For the believers in Antioch, fasting was connected with worship. When fasting, we form a natural sensitivity to the Holy Spirit. In fact, for those believers in Acts they heard from the Holy Spirit while worshiping. The corporate fast led to a corporate sensitivity to – and then a response from – the Spirit.

Increases your Unity
Much like the experience in Acts 2, the Antioch believers were in one accord. They heard from God as a group, not individually. Fasting will get your church on the same page. When fasting, we are physically denying our flesh. Our egos and self-centeredness take a backseat. Fasting has the potential of helping your church get on board with a singular vision as selfish ambition is held in check.

Uncovers your Potential
The Spirit says to the believers in Acts 13, to set apart two of their own “for the work to which I have called them.” Saul and Barnabas found their deepest God-given abilities and ministry and stepped out to fulfill that potential.

Prioritizes Prayer
After hearing from God, the Antioch believers set an additional time of fasting and prayer (Acts 13:3). Prayer is the partner of fasting. When you fast corporately consider allowing a regular place and time for corporate prayer. It may be daily or weekly, but you should encourage both private and public prayer. God moves when His people pray together.

Broadens your Reach
Finally, Saul and Barnabas were commissioned to continue the work of telling others the good news of Jesus. The two may have been content to stay where they were. But fasting led Saul and Barnabas to see new avenues for ministry and new people who needed to hear the message.

Fasting Tips

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 11:25; Luke 11:4; 17:3-4). 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 sweets and meats, and the only liquid he drank was water. Remember to replace that time with prayer and Bible study.

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 to 40 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.

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

Fasting Resources

Scripture References for Fasting
Matthew 6:16-18, Matthew 9:14-15, Luke 18:9-14, 1 Samuel 1:6-8, 17-18, Nehemiah 1:4, 9:1-3 Daniel 1:12, 9:3, 10:3,  Joel 2:12-16, Luke 2:37, Acts 10:30, Acts 13:2-3, Acts 27:33-37, 1 Samuel 7:5-6, Ezra 8:21-23, Jonah 3:5-10

Websites for Fasting Information 

Resources for Daniel Fast