Why Should I Fast
Are you in need of healing or a miracle?
Do you need the tender touch of God in your life?
Is there a dream inside you that only He can make possible?
Are you in need of a fresh encounter?
Do you desire a deeper, more intimate and powerful relationship with the Lord?
Are you ready to have heightened sensitivity to the desires of God?
Do you need to break away from bondages that have been holding you hostage?
Is there a friend or loved one that needs Salvation?
Do you desire to know Gods will for your life?
Step : Set Your Objective
Why are you fasting? Is it for spiritual renewal, for guidance, for healing, for the resolution of problems, for special grace to handle a difficult situation? Ask the Holy Spirit to clarify His leading and objectives for your prayer fast. This will enable you to pray more specifically and strategically.
Through fasting and prayer we humble ourselves before God so the Holy Spirit will stir our souls, awaken our churches, and heal our land according to 2 Chronicles 7:14. Make this a priority in your fasting.
*from Praying With Confidence By Jeff Leake
Praying with Confidence by Jeff Leake
Imagine a daily prayer time thats refreshing and actually makes ahuge impact on events in your life. Thats what Jeff shares in Praying with Confidence. Based on a pattern he discovered in the Lords Prayer, Jeff explores six elements involved in prayer: Worship, Agreement, Thanksgiving, Requests, Confession, Worship.
Following Jesus advice about how to pray, each of the 31 days includes a new pattern to pray based on famous prayers in the Bible, combined with elements from the Lords Prayer.
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Step : End Your Fast Gradually
Begin eating gradually. Do not eat solid foods immediately after your fast. Suddenly reintroducing solid food to your stomach and digestive tract will likely have negative, even dangerous, consequences. Try several smaller meals or snacks each day. If you end your fast gradually, the beneficial physical and spiritual effects will result in continued good health.
Here are some suggestions to help you end your fast properly:
- Break an extended water fast with fruit such as watermelon.
- While continuing to drink fruit or vegetable juices, add the following:
- First day: Add a raw salad.
- Second day: Add baked or boiled potato, no butter or seasoning.
- Third day: Add a steamed vegetable.
- Thereafter: Begin to reintroduce your normal diet.
The Breakthrough Prayer Journal
This year, as part of our 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting experience, weve put together a special resource just for you. Its called Breakthrough Prayer: A Journal For 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting. This journal is designed to serve as a field guide for you during August 9 – 29, 2020. Each day, youll get the chance to read about the prayer topic for that day, as well as reflect and apply what the Lord is showing you. This is an invaluable tool to record what God does in and through you during this time. Order your copy today!
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Days Of Prayer And Fasting 2022
2022 is almost here and we want to start it off with Prayer and Fasting together. The Elders are calling for 21-Days of Prayer and Fasting as we begin 2022. In addition we have again designated Tuesdays as a day of Prayer and Fasting here at Brick. We encourage everyone who calls Brick Home to join with us January 2 22 in prayer and fasting. A prayer and Fasting Guide is available in the Narthex and for .
We are not asking everyone to fast food and only drink water for 21 days. If God calls you to do that then go for it. We are asking that you seek the Lord as to how you will fast along with us. While it is good to give up certain things , a Biblical fast always involves abstaining from food intake of one kind or another and devoting more time to pray, listen and seek God. Below I have listed some ways to fast that you could consider as you are asking God to lead you as to how/what to fast. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
WAYS TO FAST
As the Lord leads, you could choose one fast to participate in or a combination of fasts throughout the time. The key is to seek the Lord for His leading, make a decision on what to do and then stick to it. Be sure to pray for each other as we fast together and dont hesitate to lean on others for some encouragement and support. We are in this together.
Why Are We Doing This
While prayer should always be a part of the life of a believer, it is helpful to have times of focused, intentional prayer that go beyond the normal pace of living. Though fasting is not required in order to pursue God more deeply in prayer, it is a great and helpful tool in pursuing Him with greater intensity.
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Why Do We Fast
Fasting is a spiritual practice that enables the body of Christ to grow in their relationship with God. The purpose of a fast is the set aside a specific span of time for restricting certain foods or practices as a physical commitment to seek God through deeper personal engagement and fervent prayer. When we combine fasting with prayer and meditation, we can experience a more focused time of closeness with our Lord and seek His wisdom and help.
Foods To Avoid While Fasting
All meat & animal products bacon, beef, buffalo, eggs, fish, lamb, poultry, and pork.All dairy products butter, cheese, cream, milk, and yogurt.All sweeteners agave nectar, artificial sweeteners, brown rice syrup, cane juice, honey, molasses, raw sugar, syrups, stevia, and sugar.All leavened bread & yeast baked goods and Ezekiel bread .All refined & processed food products artificial flavorings, chemicals, food additives, preservatives, white flour, and white rice.All deep-fried foods corn chips, French fries, and potato chips.All solid fats lard, margarine, and shortening.Beverages alcohol, sodas, and energy drinks
The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast by Kristen Feola
The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast book explains the Daniel Fast in easy-to-understand language, provides 21 thought-provoking devotionals for each day of the fast, and shares more than 100 tasty, easy-to-make recipes that follow fasting guidelines. Kristen shows you how to structure the fast so you can spend less time thinking about what to eat and more time focusing on God. You will also discover that to fast means to feast on the only thing that truly nourishes Gods powerful Word.
Getting Practical with Prayer
Spending daily time with God requires some strong proactive decisions. Here are four important decisions to make that will impact your personal time with Him.
1. Set a daily appointment
2. Set a place for prayer
3. Set a plan for your prayer time
4. Expect Powerful results
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The Goal Of Fasting Is To Draw Near To God
It hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out.
Fasting enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God. It prepares our hearts for all the good things God desires to bring into our lives.
When deciding on a fast, we encourage you to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.
+ What Are Some Other Ways I Can Fast
We realize that not everyone can do the Daniel Fast for all kinds of reasons and thats ok. We have, however, provided some other ideas and practices for those who still want to participate in this fasting season. Our goal is that 100% of our church family would come along side us as we focus our full attention on the things of our heavenly Father.
Drink only liquids .
*Please talk to your personal physician before attempting a Full Fast.
The Daniel Fast
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Learn About Prayer And Feasting
Jesus said that the very reason He came was to seek and save those who are lost.
We were all lost until we met Jesus. We know that relationship with Him changes everything. He forgives our sins, mistakes and screw-ups, He fixes what we think is beyond repair, and He gives hope that things can and will get better.
We want everyone around us to experience this amazing life too! Jesus Great Commission for all of us in Matthew 28:18-20 was that we must go into all the world and get people connected to Him.
From August 12 to September 2, our whole church will be focusing 21 Days of Prayer and Feasting to get people connected to God.1.) We will be praying every day for people in our lives who are lost to get connected to God, AND2.) We will be praying for God to use us to make that connection as we share meals together.
The first Christian church in Acts 2 saw sharing meals together as a powerful way to make connections and share their faith. We will follow their example and intentionally be looking for opportunities to feast together and get people connected to Jesus. Join us as we practice sharing our faith at family dinners, coffee talks at Starbucks, backyard barbecues, luaus, lunch breaks, protein shakes at the gym, musubis at the beach or however you share meals and have good conversation.
Join us for 21 Days of Prayer and Feasting!
Fasting Schedule January 9
EVERY WEDNESDAY Prayer is at 7 pm in the main auditorium at City Church. Join us online or in person.
Fasting is mentioned throughout the Bible along with giving and praying as an important part of the Christian life. Here at City we like to give God the first month of the year as a time to seek Him in fasting and prayer as a church family. This is called a corporate fast.
We encourage you to seek the Lord in prayer and let your decisions about your fasting come from Him. Ask the Lord to show you areas to target during your time of fasting and prayer.
If you are new to fasting, hopefully the information below will help to define it, answer any questions, help you get started and most of all encourage you on your journey.
If you would like to join in with your whole family, please use this guide to help your kids pray throughout the 21 days. The guide includes prayer focuses and verses for each day. If you have any questions about the 21 days of prayer and fasting, please ask your childs teacher at drop off or pick up.
Receive Encouragement by following us on and receive our video encouragements during the fast.Have Questions? Were here to help! Complete our contact form and someone will be in touch.
Week 1 Theme: Personal Victory
Day 1 January 9th focus: Spiritual Growth
Day 2 January 10th focus: Finances
Day 3 January 11th focus: Purpose
Day 4 January 12th focus: Health
Day 5 January 13th focus: Relationships
Day 6 January 14th focus: Habits and Goals
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+ Resources Books Food List
FASTING by Jentezen Franklin. Scripture filled to teach and support the practice of Biblical fasting as a means of focused prayer.
THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE DANIEL FAST by Kristen Feola. This has over 100 all natural recipes for the Daniel Fast.
FOODS LIST & RECIPES:
Tips On Juice Fasting
- Drinking fruit juice will decrease your hunger pains and give you some natural sugar energy. The taste and lift will motivate and strengthen you to continue.
- The best juices are made from fresh watermelon, lemons, grapes, apples, cabbage, beets, carrots, celery, or leafy green vegetables. In cold weather, you may enjoy a warm vegetable broth.
- Mix acidic juices with water for your stomachs sake.
- Avoid caffeinated drinks.
When your designated time for fasting is finished, you will begin to eat again. But how you break your fast is extremely important for your physical and spiritual well-being.
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Step : Make Your Commitment
Pray about the kind of fast you should undertake. Jesus implied that all of His followers should fast For Him it was a matter of when believers would fast, not if they would do it. Before you fast, decide the following up front:
- How long you will fast one meal, one day, a week, several weeks, forty days
- The type of fast God wants you to undertake .
- What physical or social activities you will restrict.
- How much time each day you will devote to prayer and Gods Word.
Making these commitments ahead of time will help you sustain your fast when physical temptations and lifes pressures tempt you to abandon it.
What Is The Daniel Fast
The Daniel Fast is based on the prophet Daniels experiences at two different times in his life.
10 Day Fast: In Daniel 1, Daniel chose not to eat the royal food that he was being served and ate only vegetables and drank water. The results were learning, skill, wisdom, spiritual understanding, favor, and better appearance
Daniel spoke with the attendant who had been appointed by the chief of staff to look after Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. Please test us for ten days on a diet of vegetables and water, Daniel said.At the end of the ten days, Daniel and his three friends looked healthier and better nourished than the young men who had been eating the food assigned by the king.
Daniel 1:11-12, 15
21 Day Fast: Another time, in Daniel 10, he deprived himself of choice food, meat, and wine as he sought the Lord in prayer. The fast resulted in answered prayer and spiritual insight.
I ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, for the full three weeksThen he said, Dont be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer.
Daniel 10:3, 12
Three key components to the Daniel Fast:1. Only fruits, vegetables, nuts, & whole grains.2. Only water or natural fruit juice for a beverage.3. No sweeteners, breads, meat, eggs or dairy products.
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Prayer Is For Everyone
In addition to the daily prayer guide for adults, for the first time ever our youngest prayer warriors can join in all 21 Days of Prayer + Fasting! With the NEW Family Moments guide, kids can read scripture and be encouraged to pray through an activity just for them.
Foursquare churches are free to duplicate this resource for church use.
What Do I Fast
Give up something and spend time with God today!
It’s up to you! It’s a personal commitment between you and God. There are all different types of fasts. Some people do a fast called the Daniel Fast, some people fast specific foods or activities, i.e. chocolate, soda, TV, Social Media. Its very typical to fast a single meal, a whole day, or three days or more. 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. This is between you and God, and you are encouraged to pray about what type of fast is best for you. We also encourage you to seek the advice of a physician before starting any fast, especially if you have any health concerns.
Below we have provided a few suggestions of fasts:
21 Day Liquid Fast – Give up solid foods
21 Day Daniel Fast – Fruits and vegetables only
21 Day Media Fast – Give up media
7 Day Fast – Fast with us for 7 days
Lunch Fast – Fast with us over lunch each day
Wednesday Fast – Fast with us on Wednesdays
Create Your Own Fast
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We Loved Praying With You This Year
Thank you for joining with us in adoration, supplication, confession, thanksgiving and praise for our great God the past 21 days. Going forward into the rest of 2022, we hope you will make the effort to continue in prayer with your family, and that the conversations and activities that have sparked from this guide have been a holy time of growth and love. May you feel the deep love of the Father, the guidance from Jesus and the presence of the Holy Spirit, in everything you do.
Days Of Prayer & Fasting
So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting. Daniel 9:3
Join your church family and many around the world who participate in Christs Churchs annual season of fasting and prayer. The fast will begin on January 2, 2022, however you can join in any time!
There is also a Fasting where you can connect with others for encouragement and prayer.
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Step : Prepare Yourself Spiritually
The very foundation of fasting and prayer is repentance. Unconfessed sin will hinder your prayers. Here are several things you can do to prepare your heart:
- Ask God to help you make a comprehensive list of your sins.
- Confess every sin that the Holy Spirit calls to your remembrance and accept Gods forgiveness .
- Seek forgiveness from all whom you have offended, and forgive all who have hurt you .
- Make restitution as the Holy Spirit leads you.
- Ask God to fill you with His Holy Spirit according to His command in Ephesians 5:18 and His promise in 1 John 5:14,15.
- Surrender your life fully to Jesus Christ as your Lord and Master refuse to obey your worldly nature .
- Meditate on the attributes of God, His love, sovereignty, power, wisdom, faithfulness, grace, compassion, and others .
- Begin your time of fasting and prayer with an expectant heart .
- Do not underestimate spiritual opposition. Satan sometimes intensifies the natural battle between body and spirit .