March 5 – April 1 we will be setting aside 28 days to pray and fast for ourselves and our community of faith. Easter is a season where so many people are open to HOPE and we get to be a part of delivering that story. As we prepare for Easter Weekend, we want to also prepare ourselves and our hearts for all that God can do in our church, homes and lives. Prayer and Fasting is at time when we intentionally seek God every day, believing Him to move in powerful ways. Watch God renovate your relationships, work, family and life! Here’s some resources to help.
TYPES OF FASTS
The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out! It also enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all of the good things God desires to bring into our lives. Remember, your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your own body, your options, and, most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.
This fast calls for drinking only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.
This fast is sometimes called the Jewish Fast and involves abstaining from eating any types 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 type of fast involves removing certain elements from a diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, or bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.
This fast is common for those who do not have much experience fasting foods. Someone might select to abstain from using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast—and then choosing how to carefully bring that element back into their life in an orderly fashion.