Join us as our Church takes 3 weeks to Fast, Pray, and Pursue God!
How can I join in?
- Pray and decide what you will be fasting (see “What Should I Fast?” Below for more information)
- During the 3 weeks of Fasting Take more time aside during these 3 weeks to pray! Make this your focus of the fast as much as you can. Commit time as well to Worship & reading God’s Word
- Join us for our Prayer Summit every Tuesday during the fast at 7:00pm. We want this fast to be a corperate fast where we seek God personally but also together!
What is Fasting?
Fasting was a common practice in Biblical times. As a believer in God, there was an expectation that fastings was part of your normal life. In fact, when people noticed Jesus’ disciples lack of fasting, Jesus had to clear things up saying “But someday the groom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast” (Mark 2:20).
Today, fasting, at times, seems to be a lost art in the modern church. But it is such a powerful act of taking away something the body needs and or wants and laying it aside to proclaim: “God you are more important than this” and “God I need you more than this”. Fasting isn’t focused on putting your body through suffering to earn God’s favour, but is an act of worship and love to God. Taking time to seek God in prayer is an incredibly important part of fasting as well, as you do not want the focus to be on the physical diet but on Spiritual/Heart Renewal.
How to Prepare for the Fast
- Take time in Listening Prayer – ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you about what He wants you to focus on in prayer during the fast and what He would like you to fast
- Physically – if you will be fasting certain foods or types of food consider getting a jump start on helping your body adjust. You can do this by beggining to taper off caffeinated beverages and refined sugars. Cut back on meal amounts.
- Read – Isaiah 58, Joel 2, Daniel 1:12 & Daniel 10:3
What Should I Fast?
There are many things you can set aside to fast, it can be food but also can be a specific type of food or drink, media fasts are also common and something you should consider. Ultimately there are many more things you could fast and we encourage you to pray about this and make a decision with you and God about what to Fast.
Types of Fasts:
- Media Entertainment Fast:
Everyone should seek the Lord about fasting from movies, TV, internet, videogames, etc. As often those things can hold an unhealthy amount of attention in our lives.
- 24 hour Partial Fast
A full day of fasting, from one meal to the same meal on the next day, for example, lunch to lunch
You can fast 1 day per week or 1 day a month, etc.
- One-Meal-Per-Day Fast
Fast one meal per day for one or more days per week
- Daniel Fast
A partial fast where you eat only fruits, vegetables, All Whole Grains (Including but not limited to whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes) All Nuts and Seeds Legumes, (including but are not limited to dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, white beans), All Quality Oils (including but not limited to olive, canola, grape seed, peanut, and sesame), Water, Non Caffeinated Teas, Fruit Juice (no sugar added)
- Full Fast
No Food – WATER only
Selective Food Fast
Fast specific types of food or drinks such as meat, bread, sweets, pop, snacks, coffee/caffeine, alcohol, grain etc.
Medical Condition Fast
If you have physical reasons why you should not fast food, for example diabetes, hypoglycemia, expectant mothers, heart patients, etc., you may still be able to do a modified fast e.g. junk food, coffee, etc.
24hr Full Fast:
- Drink only clear juices or water for 24 hours
- You can do this one day per week
- You will feel some hunger pangs or discomfort before the day is over, this isn’t real hunger. Your stomach has been trained through years of conditioning to give hunger signals at certain times of the day. Ignore these signals; we are to be masters of our stomachs, not its slave!
- If family obligations permit it, devote the meal times to prayer and reading of the Word!
3-7 day Fast: (if experienced at 24hr fasts, ask Lord about 3-7 days fasts)
- Follow the same guidelines as for 24hr full fasts
- Don’t “stock up” on food leading up to the fast; have lighter meals beforehand
- Be careful when ending your fast, your stomach has shrunk so eat lighter meals that are easy to digest
What Happens to My Body when I don’t eat?
These days are the most difficult days of a fast in terms of physical discomfort and hunger. The body is beginning to rid itself of toxins, an uncomfortable process. You may experience headaches during this time, especially if you are an avid coffee or tea drinker – those are mild withdrawal symptoms and will pass, though uncomfortable for the time.
Often by this day, the hunger pains begin to subside though you can have feelings of weakness and occasional dizziness, which is often temporary. If you are struggling with weakness, try rest as the remedy. You may find this the most difficult period of the fast.
Often by this point in the fast, you should begin to feel stronger and more alert. Hunger pains often diminish and become minor as you approach days 9-10. By this point, the body will have eliminated the bulk of toxins and you’ll feel good with your concentration sharpened. Some people feel like they could fast indefinitely by this stage. Physically this is the most enjoyable part of the fast.
After three weeks with no food, hunger pains will return, signaling the first stage of starvation. At this point, the body has used up its reserves and is beginning to draw on the living tissue. The fast should be carefully broken at this point.