“I humbled my soul with fasting.” Psalm 35:13
Our annual 21-day fast kicks off this Sunday February 1. It is a time to separate ourselves a little from the busyness of life, and replace certain things with a fresh focus on Christ. When we recalibrate and refocus our attention to the Cross through prayer and fasting, we often see personal and corporate breakthroughs that revive faith and give glory to God.
Have a read of the below to familiarise yourself a little more with what fasting is all about, from a Biblical perspective. We believe and pray for a significant season of breakthrough for you and your family.
What is Christian fasting?
The Bible speaks of fasting as abstaining from food for a time in order to grow spiritually, glorify God, enhance our spirit, receive healing, and grow our prayer life.
Fasting is not a way to get God to do what we want, fasting changes us, not God.
It is more about denying our natural appetites and raising our spiritual appetites - see Isaiah 58:6-12.
Fasting from food is not to be taken lightly. If you are new to fasting food please consult your doctor and pastor regarding the length of the fast and what foods you choose to abstain from.
If you have health issues we suggest a non-food fast e.g. media - TV/radio/music/internet.
Prioritising Your Time
Where possible, the time that is not spent on eating (or whatever else you choose to fast from IF you have health issues) is spent on your relationship with God.
Intentionally make extra time to be with the Lord, seeking His face, praying, reading the Bible, worshipping Him, yearning to know Him more and listening to His voice.
If possible commit time to attend the Early Prayer Meetings and/or Tues night Prayer Meetings over the fasting period.
- Fast - ‘between meal’ snacks and ‘after meal’ desserts.
- Fast - solids, so that you are on a liquid fast, drinking juices, soups, smoothies.
- Fast - delicacies, stick to fresh fruit and vegetables.
- A ‘Daniel’ fast – as found in the book of Daniel 10:3 – where “no choice food, no meat or wine touched my lips.”
- See the Internet for many suggestions on Christian Fasting.
- Plan to fast. Pray and ask God for protection, strength, and wisdom during your fast. Look ahead, you may have to rearrange your schedule or change your grocery list.
- Consult with your pastor or leader and /or doctor about what is appropriate for you.
- Start small. As with anything, fasting requires practice to become better at it. Set yourself a challenging, but realistic goal.
- Begin and end well. When fasting from food, the meals before and after the fasting period should be smaller and lighter than usual. End your fast very gradually.
Determine Your Time
Choose the length of time or days that you will fast – e.g.’s
- you may fast the whole 3 weeks OR
- choose a certain number of days per week to fast OR
- you may fast one meal per day OR
- fast every alternate day OR
- you may fast all day but eat the evening meal
- Do not fast from water.
- Fasting from food is unwise if you are diabetic, hypoglycemic, prone to migraines, pregnant, taking medication or recovering from sickness.
- Do not fast from red meat if you’re inclined to anemia.
- If you have any doubts/questions, please talk to a health care professional.
- Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.
FASTING IS ENTIRELY VOLUNTARY. WE ALWAYS RECOMMEND CONSULTING YOUR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL and PASTOR or LEADER FOR ADVICE BEFORE UNDERTAKING ANY FOOD FAST.
Be blessed Church as you embark upon this time of prayer and fasting. There will be morning prayer meetings from 6 - 7am Monday to Friday to buoy your spirit and see you through your commitment.
If you still need further information about prayer and fasting, or would like to put forward a prayer request, you can email our team here.