Jan 8 (Tuesday) – Prayer Night – 7:00pm
Jan 10 (Thursday) – Auditorium open for Prayer – 7-9pm
Jan 15 (Tuesday )- Prayer Night – 7:00pm
Jan 17 (Thursday) – Auditorium open for Prayer – 7-9pm
Jan 23 (Wednesday) – ALIVE in Prayer –
Jan 24 (Thursday) – Auditorium open for Prayer -7-9pm
Preparing for the Fast
Preparing ahead for the time of Prayer and Fasting is helpful in creating a sense of spiritual and physical preparedness. Helping you to get the most out of your time of fasting.
• Listening Prayer – ask Holy Spirit to speak to you about what He wants you to focus on in prayer during the fast and what He would like you to fast
• Physically – about a week or two prior to the fast begin to taper off caffeinated beverages and refined sugars. Cut back on meal amounts. The day before the fast, drink more water. If you have a medical condition or are pregnant; consult your doctor.
• Read – Isaiah 58, Daniel 1:12 & Daniel 10:3
What to do during your Fast:
• Determine your fasting goal through prayer; a family member, your marriage, an addiction, a decision that you need to make, emotional or physical health, your finances, a child, to love God more, etc.
• Commit to spending extra time in the Prayer Room
• Commit to attending the Weekly Prayer Nights on Tuesday during the Fast
• If you would like to receive prayer, attend After Service Prayer after each weekend service.
• Commit to a type of fast (see “Types of Fasts”)
• Commit to Bible Reading. Feed on the living Word!
• Do it together with your Home Group. For example, you can fast on the day of your home group meeting, or you can fast and pray for the same things. Discuss this with your group, encourage each other in your fasting and pray for each other about your fasting at your meetings.
• As you fast, monitor the inner attitude of your heart. At first, you’ll focus on the physical aspects of the fast, but it is most important to monitor the inner attitude of the heart.
• Outwardly you perform regular duties of the day, but inwardly you will be in prayer and adoration, song and worship to God!
Types of Fasts
Media Entertainment Fast:
Everyone should seek the Lord about fasting from movies, TV, internet, video games, etc. As often those things can hold an unhealthy amount of attention in our lives.
Partial Fast (particularly if you have never tried fasting before)
- 24 hour Partial Fast
• A full day of fasting, from one meal to the same meal on the next day, for example, lunch to lunch
• You can drink fruit or vegetable juices
• You can fast 1 day per week or 1 day a month, etc.
- One-Meal-Per-Day Fast
Fast one meal per day for one or more days per week
- Daniel Fast
A partial fast where you eat only fruits, vegetables, All Whole Grains (Including but not limited to whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes) All Nuts and Seeds Legumes, (including but are not limited to dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, white beans), All Quality Oils (including but not limited to olive, canola, grape seed, peanut, and sesame), Water, Non Caffeinated Teas, Fruit Juice (no sugar added)
- Full Fast
No Food – WATER only
- Selective Food Fast
Fast specific types of food or drinks such as meat, bread, sweets, pop, snacks, coffee/caffeine, grains
- Medical Condition Fast
If you have physical reasons why you should not fast food, for example: diabetes, hypoglycaemia, expectant mothers, heart patients, etc., you may still be able to do a modified fast e.g. junk food, coffee, etc.
24hr Full Fast:
• Drink only clear juices or water for 24 hours
• You can do this one day per week
• You will feel some hunger pangs or discomfort before the day is over, this isn’t real hunger. Your stomach has been trained through years of conditioning to give hunger signals at certain times of the day. Ignore these signals; we are to be masters of our stomachs, not its slave!
• If family obligations permit it, devote the meal times to prayer and reading of the Word!
3-7 day Fast: (if experienced at 24hr fasts, ask Lord about 3-7 days fasts)
• Follow the same guidelines as for 24hr full fasts
• Don’t “stock up” on food leading up to the fast; have lighter meals beforehand
• Be careful when ending your fast, your stomach has shrunk so eat lighter meals that are easy to digest
What Happens to My Body?
These days are the most difficult days of a fast in terms of physical discomfort and hunger. The body is beginning to rid itself of toxins, an uncomfortable process. You may experience headaches during this time, especially if you are an avid coffee or tea drinker – those are mild withdrawal symptoms and will pass, though uncomfortable for the time.
Often by this day the hunger pains begin to subside though you can have feelings of weakness and occasional dizziness, which is often temporary. If you are struggling with weakness, try rest as the remedy. You may find this the most difficult period of the fast.
Often by this point in the fast you will begin to feel stronger and more alert. Hunger pains often diminish and become minor as you approach day 9-10. By this point the body will have eliminated the bulk of toxins and you’ll feel good with your concentration sharpened. Some people feel like they could fast indefinitely by this stage. Physically this is the most enjoyable part of the fast.
After three weeks with no food, hunger pains will return, signaling the first stage of starvation. At this point the body has used up its reserves and is beginning to draw on the living tissue. The fast should be carefully broken at this point.