What is Fasting?
Fasting is giving up food or something special for a spiritual purpose. 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 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 body, your options, and, most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.
What is Prayer?
Prayer is talking with God, asking Him for help. Communication is a vital component in every kind of relationship. The current texting and social media phenomena are illustrations of the importance of communication. God wants to be on an open line with us every moment of every day. We can communicate need, thanks, praise, and emotion, as well as receive warning, affirmation, and wisdom at any moment.
As you practice seeking Him first, He will move on your behalf like never before. You will start to see the power of prayer impact your relationships, work, family, and every area of your life.
Why should I Fast?
The main goal of fasting is to draw closer 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 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 body, your options, and, most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.'
Types of Fast
There are several types of fasts, and there is no formula for determining which kind of fast, or duration is most appropriate for you. Your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is important to know your body, your options, and most importantly, seek God in prayer and follow the Holy Spirit.
Complete Fast: This fast calls for drinking only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.
Selective Fast: 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, or bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.
Partial Fast: 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.
Soul Fast: This fast is common for those who do not have much experience fasting food, who have health issues that prevent them from fasting food, or who wish to refocus certain areas of their life that are out of balance. For instance, someone might select to abstain from using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast, and then choose to carefully bring that element back into their life in an orderly fashion at the conclusion of the fast.
Every Day Prayer Focus
- Humble ourselves. Asking for forgiveness for our sins and the sins of our land
- Seeking God. Declaring our dependence on God in every area of our lives.
- His Kingdom Come. Praying for the completion of the Great Commission and for revival in our generation.
- Hear from Heaven. Inviting the Presence of God in our church and our lives (soul saved, signs, wonders, miracles, and transformed lives.)
- Believe God for answered prayer to our specific needs
During a fast, always devote extra time to:
- Reading God's word
- Focusing on god
- and ALWAYS serving and helping others - this is not a time of selfishness
DAILY PRAYER FOCUS
Day 1: Church Service Prayer
Day 2: Our leaders - nation, state, and
county (1 Timothy 2:-12)
Day 3: Our pastors, church staff, LifeGroup leaders, Lifehouse team, oversees, trustees, elders
Day 4: Our county
Day 5: Our nation - nationals missions, revival in America
Day 6: Our world - international missions
(leadership & church planting), the Gospel in Israel
Day 7: Worship
Day 8: Church service prayer
Day 9: The Lost - services, lifesavers, family members
Day 10: LifeGroups - leaders, members, real life change
Day 11: Next Steps and Lifehouse team, leadership development, covering over every leader, fresh vision
Day 12: Children & students
Day 13: Young adults and college students
Day 14: Worship
Day 15: Church service prayer
Day 16: Families and marriage
Day 17: Our Church’s Vision for 2017 - building projects, campus launches, conferences, finances, leaders
Day 18: My personal vision for 2017 - freedom from habits, debt, relationships, ministry, reaching my full potential
Day 19: Personal freedom and deliverence - breakthrough in every area!
Day 20: Our specific needs (finances, health, family members to be saved and other personal needs). Pray for the sick.
Day 21: Closing prayer service
- Psalm 51
- Psalm 139
- 2 Chronicles 7:14
- Jeremiah 29:10-14
- Matthew 5-7
- Luke 10:38-42
- Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
- Galatians 5:16-26
- Matthew 4:1-4
- Matthew 6:17-18
- Matthew 17:14-20
- Joel 1:14
- Joel 2:12
- Exodus 34:28
- Acts 12:2-3
- Acts 14:23
- Isaiah 58