21 DAYS OF PRAYER AND FASTING
During this 21 day fast, together we will pray, seek God, give Him our first and best and He will honor that sacrifice and BLESS our 2022! Are you sensing God has more for your life? Take this first step and believe for more of Him in every area of your life. Join us as we start this fast on Sunday, January 16th, and discover the rewards of putting God first!
- Pastor J.W. and Cristie Dunbar
FASTING AND YOUR HEALTH
We recommend you consult your physician prior to beginning any type of fast that involves food. If you are poor in health or have concerns about your physical ability to fast, we especially urge you to consult a physician before beginning your fast. There are different types of fasts recommended below.
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, seek God and give Him our best at the beginning of the year, He will bless our ENTIRE year! (Matthew 6:33)
According to the Bible, there are three duties of every Christian: give, pray and fast.
Biblical fasting takes a great deal of discipline and strength — strength which you can only receive from God. Your private discipline will bring you rewards in heaven, says Matthew 6.
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.
TIMING OF A FAST
This fast is part of 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting, a season of focused prayer as a church family. You may also choose to fast at other times during the year for your own spiritual development. It’s very typical to fast a single meal, a whole day, or three days or more. The timing of your fast is not as important as the strength of your focus on God as you fast.
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.
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. You could fast something that you feel have become more important to you than God such as television, social media, sports, etc. Remember to replace that time with prayer and Bible study.
TYPES OF FASTS
There are several types of fasting. The one you choose is between you and God. He will honor your best sacrifice. During the 21 days, you might decide to do a combination of these types of fast or even a variation of these fast. Remember the purpose of a fast is to replace the things are flesh desires with the things of God.
In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.
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.
This fast is sometimes called the “Jewish Fast” and 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.
This fast is a great option if you do not have much experience fasting food, 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. For example, you might choose to stop using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast and then carefully bring that element back into your life in healthy doses at the conclusion of the fast.
SCRIPTURE REFERENCES FOR FASTING:
Matthew 6:16-18; Luke 18:9-14; Matthew 9:14-15
RELATION TO PRAYER AND READING OF THE WORD:
1 Samuel 1:6-8; 17-18; Nehemiah 1:4; Daniel 9:3, 20; Joel 2:12; Luke 2:37; Acts 10:30, 13:2
1 Samuel 7:5-6; Ezra 8:21-23; Nehemiah 9:1-3; Joel 2:15-16; Jonah 3:5-10; Acts 27:33-37
Remember that it is the attitude of a heart sincerely seeking Him, to which God responds with a blessing. (Isaiah 58; Jeremiah 14:12; I Corinthians 8:8) May God greatly bless you as you fast!