Design Your Life 21-Day Fast

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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.

 

WHY FAST:

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. 


 

7 replies
  1. Marian Hindall
    Marian Hindall says:

    During the fast i’m giving up social media, i’m still posting a daily Bible verse and i’m giving up fast food.

  2. Gary Schnabel
    Gary Schnabel says:

    Fasting and reading / memorizing scripture is good for a persons soul, it helps us stay focused on GOD and distant us from the evil one.

  3. Karen Feay
    Karen Feay says:

    I am so looking forward to what new things GOD has in store for 2018.
    As I fast, I pray HE clears all the ‘yuckies’ out of my body- heart, mind, soul!!
    I pray HIS Word always takes root and I am living it out each and every day and HIS Light shines so brightly through me so others want to get to know who JESUS is too!!!
    I serve an AMAZING GOD!!!❤️

  4. Angela Baugh
    Angela Baugh says:

    For this fast I’m giving up all t.v. I’ll find more productive ways to spend that time!:)

  5. Angela Baugh
    Angela Baugh says:

    I love that Karen !!! That’s what I’m gonna do with all my free time from t.v. !! God needs to be the heart of my day!

  6. Kitty Karr
    Kitty Karr says:

    I am grateful for the Fasts at Cedar Creek. When I give things up that have taken on significance and importance (too much in fact) in my life God slowly replaces those things with more of Himself and His word. He grows my relationship with Him and changes my life! I learn a lot during fasts. Thank you Lord!

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