Fasting is the practice of choosing to abstain from food for a certain period of time. It’s a spiritual discipline, that helps us to become more like Jesus and to draw closer to the heart of God. Fasting helps us break the power of the flesh in our life – our desires, sins, and cravings – and to feed on the Holy Spirit.
“Fasting helps us to express, to deepen, and to confirm the resolution that we are ready to sacrifice anything, even ourselves, to attain the Kingdom of God.” – Scot McKnight.
In summary, fasting is not just about getting from God but getting to God. While fasting is choosing to go without food, you can choose to abstain from certain things during the fasting period. We recommend prayerfully considering which practice is best for you at this time.
Q: WHAT IS FASTING?
A: Fasting is voluntarily denying the body by giving up something (usually food and drink) so that you can focus more on God, communicate with Him in prayer, and deepen your relationship with Him.
Q: I HAVE A HEALTH CONDITION, OR HAVE TROUBLE FASTING FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME. ARE THERE OTHER KINDS OF FASTS?
A: Yes! Some of the other kinds of fasts include: media (TV, movies, music, or social media); a partial fast (from sugar, soda, or certain kinds of food); or the Daniel Fast (see below). God understands our specific situation may not allow us to fast from food. The main purpose of fasting is to intentionally give something up so that you can focus more on God in prayer and seeking Him. Always ask your doctor before starting a fast.
Q: WHAT SHOULD I DO ABOUT MY PRESCRIBED MEDICATIONS?
A: Always consult your doctor before beginning a fast, and follow the medical regimen they prescribe. You may also want to try the Daniel Fast.
Q: HOW DO I START FASTING?
A: Once you have decided to fast, seek God in prayer to determine your purpose in fasting. Then proceed to abstain from food and drink for the period of time you have committed to.
Q: WHY SHOULD I FAST?
A: There are numerous reasons to fast: to gain a closer personal relationship with God; to pray for healing and against sickness or danger; or for the salvation of a loved one; and many more.
Q: WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF PRAYER WITH FASTING?
A: Fasting should have a purpose, and this purpose is conveyed to God in the form of prayer. Prayer before a fast, at various intervals during the fast, and at the end of the fast clarifies our purpose, and focuses us on what God may be telling us as we spend time with Him.
Q: HOW LONG SHOULD I FAST?
A: The length of a fast can vary. We will be fasting as a church for two weeks (from January 4-24, 2021). The length of a fast should be determined by each individual, after praying about how long God would have them fast. Always consult your doctor before beginning a fast.
Q: CAN I WATCH TV WHILE FASTING?
A: The purpose of fasting is to grow closer to God, so it’s recommended to limit entertainment while fasting so you can focus on Him.