WHAT IS FASTING:
Biblical fasting, frequently practiced in the Old and New Testaments, especially by the early church, is a voluntary abstinence from eating or drinking certain foods for a specific period of time. We are inviting the CedarCreek Church family to come and unite and fast together. It is purposefully denying the flesh- our natural cravings, the things that we desire most. This can be complete meals or certain foods or drinks that you love but are willing to give up temporarily such as meat, sweets, caffeine, soft drinks, alcohol, etc. Other fasts besides food can include abstaining from certain recreational activities, social media, technology, television, etc.
To increase our spiritual alertness and seek God for specific things individually and as a church. Fasting turns attention from ourselves and focuses on God. When we make God our priority over food and drink or other things that we desire, it gets His attention!
HOW TO FAST:
We are asking each participant to consider fasting one or more meals a day for 21 consecutive days. If you have a medical condition that prevents you from altering your eating habits, then consider the other fasts mentioned above that aren’t food-related.
While you’re fasting, it may be beneficial to limit strenuous activities and distractions like extreme physical work or exercise that requires intense thinking and concentration.
If you are part of a household and have roommates or family members, there’s value in fasting at the same time so that you can encourage and support each other (lessen the temptation!) and pray and seek God together. You may even consider taking communion as a family during select times of fasting.
One other thing you can do is write in a journal. Journaling is a great way to remember your fasting experience and the lessons God taught you during your fast. If you’re not sure how to do this, here are some helpful tips:
Write out your prayers.
Record what God is doing in your life through the fast.
Let your creative side come out (sketch, draw, write poetry, make a list).
Talk about something that happened that you don’t want to forget.
Track tough days/good days – what made them so?
WHEN TO FAST:
We will begin the fast the day of January 9th and will fast until the morning of January 29th.
WHAT TO PRAY AND FAST FOR:
Try to focus and pray for one main thing each time you fast. Here are some suggestions:
PRAY AND FAST FOR YOURSELF:
Overcoming temptation – Matthew 4
To seek God’s will and guidance- Judges 20:26; Acts 14:23
Repentance from sin- 1 Samuel 7:6; 2 Samuel 12:16, 21-23; Jonah 3:5; Joel 2:12
Concern for the work of God- Nehemiah 1:4
To humble self- Psalm 35:13; 69:10, 11, 13; Isaiah 58:5
For deliverance and protection- 2 Chronicles 20:3; Ezra 8:21-23
To worship God- Luke 2:37; Acts 13:2, 3
For mourning or sorrow- 1 Samuel 31:13; 2 Samuel 1:11, 12; Daniel 6:18
PRAY AND FAST FOR OUR CHURCH:
For our pastors to be God-honoring and humble leaders.
For strong families and spiritual protection.
To be a church that the community falls in love with as we serve them.
For many people to come to faith in Jesus and lives transform.
That God would bless us financially as we seek to bless others.
For direction for our future.
Click here for more tips on Journaling from Ben Snyder.