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Dec282014

Prayer and Fasting Resources

During the months of January and August, we set aside a time of prayer and fasting as a church to lean into Jesus, seek God and ask the Holy Spirit to meet us and work through us in powerful ways.

The goal of fasting is to draw near to God. 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 reminds us of what sustains our lives – JESUS. He is the bread of life, our living water!

Remember, your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your own body, know your options and most importantly, seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do. There are several Types of Fasts. How you choose to fast is between you and the Lord.

Whatever fast and length of time you choose, if you aren't able to complete it, don't be discouraged and give up, instead pick up from where you left off. Our hope is to embrace the spirit of fasting and not be discouraged by the letter of the law.

The following scriptures provide a picture of what the people of God have been doing for centuries to disconnect from distractions and seek God in their lives.

Prayer: Psalm 145:18-19 // Isaiah 55:6 // Matthew 6:5-15 // Luke 11:5-13 // Philippians 4:6 // I John 5:14

Fasting: Isaiah 58:1-12 // Matthew 6:16-18; 9:14-15 // Luke 4:1-13; 18:9-14 // Acts 13:2-3

Corporate Fasting: I Samuel 7:5-6 // Ezra 8:21-23 // Joel 2:15-16 // Acts 27:33-37

Though we have chosen to set aside a focused time of prayer as a church family a couple times a year, you may also opt to fast at other times during the year as a part of your own spiritual formation. It is very typical to fast a single meal, or a whole day, or three days. The timing of your fast is not as important as the strength of your focus on Him as you fast. The following resources are helpful to understand the basics as well as develop a lifestyle of prayer and fasting.

Fasting FAQS

Seven Basic Steps to Successful Fasting and Prayer (article)

Guide to Fasting and Prayer (article)

The Daniel Fast (book)

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