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21 Days of Prayer and Fasting

As a church, we are dedicating three weeks at the beginning of this New Year to pray and fast. As disciples of Jesus, we want to intentionally create space to hear from God so that we can do what he says. From January 11-31, we invite you to join us for 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting. This short guide can help you determine how you want to participate.

Why Fast?

Jesus taught his disciples to engage in practices that would help them draw near to the Father. Fasting is one of the oldest and most prevalent spiritual practices in the Bible. Great leaders in the Bible fasted routinely including Moses, David, Jeremiah, Isaiah, John the Baptist, Jesus and the disciples. In Matthew 6:16, Jesus addresses fasting when he tells the disciples, “When you fast…” Notice Jesus says “when” not “if.” Jesus assumes that we will fast. Though fasting is assumed, it is not required. We don’t have to fast. We get to fast. Like all intentional spiritual practices, fasting should not be legalistic. We are not earning approval from God through fasting. We are opening ourselves up to connect with him.

Types of Fasts

There are several different ways you can practice fasting. Here are some examples:

  • Selective Fast -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.

  • Partial Fast – This fast 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.

  • Social Media Fast – This fast is a great option if your circumstances prevent you from fasting from food, you 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. You might choose to stop using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast.

Join our Facebook Community

During these 21 Days, we invite you to join our Impact 21 Day Fast Community online created specifically for this fast. We will be posting recipes, tips and tricks and the different ways God is speaking to each of us. To be apart of the Facebook Community click the link to sign up below. Let’s encourage and challenge each other as we continue to grow as disciples of Jesus during these 21 Days!

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