Join us for a Time of Prayer & Fasting
We welcome you to join us as a church body for a time of Prayer and Fast from January 4-24. We are calling this a Daniel Fast because of the Fast Daniel took for 3 weeks as seen in Daniel 10:3. During this time we will be encouraging our congregants to fast, pray and join our Weekly Prayer Meetings that will be taking place live every Tuesday at 7:oopm (Watch on our Watch Page)
What’s a Fast?
Fasting was a common practice in Biblical times. As a believer in God, there was an expectation to fast as part of normal life, in fact when people saw Jesus’ disciples lack of fasting, Jesus had to clear things up saying “But someday the groom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast” (Mark 2:20).
Today, fasting, at times, seems to be a lost art in the modern church. But it is such a powerful act of taking away something the body needs or wants and seeking after God saying: “you are more important than this”. Fasting also implies not just taking away but taking that time to seek God in prayer about specific requests. Fasting is not a purposeful “suffering” to get something from God but rather a purposeful putting something we value aside and giving attention to God, declaring: “God I want you more than this”
Preparing for a Fast
Preparing ahead for the time of Prayer and Fasting is helpful in creating a sense of spiritual and physical preparedness. Here are some things we recommend doing to prepare for 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
- Read – Isaiah 58, Daniel 1:12 & Daniel 10:3
- If you will be cutting out different foods your body is used to, preparing physically is a good idea. Consider 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.
- While during your Fast you should be open to the Spirit as to how/what to pray. Consider thinking about what the focus of your fast should be. It could be a family member, your marriage, an addiction, a decision that you need to make, emotional or physical health, your finances, a child, a desire to love God more, etc. Write down your focus’ so that you remember to pray for them during this time.
What to do during your Fast:
- Determine what Type of Fast you are doing (see below for different Fast Options)
- Commit to spending extra time in the Prayer
- Commit to Bible Reading. Feed on the living Word!
- Commit to attending the Weekly Prayer Nights on Tuesday 7:00pm online during the Fast , also GMC will have specific requests to pray for as well, please lift those up in prayer, remember this is a time of corporate fasting and we wanting to do this together.
- Do it together with a community IE Your Family, Lifegroup, Friends. Discuss this with your group, encourage each other in your fasting, and pray for each other.
- As you fast, monitor the inner attitude of your heart, and prioritize your connection with God. At first, you may focus on the physical aspects of the fast, but it is most important to monitor the inner attitude of the heart and your connection to God.
- Outwardly you perform regular duties of the day, but inwardly try to Pray and worship continually (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
- If you would like to receive prayer from us as a church CLICK HERE TO LEAVE YOUR REQUESTS
- If you have a testimony of how God has been working in your life during the Fast we would love to hear it! Email your story to: firstname.lastname@example.org
What do I Fast?
There are many things you can set aside to fast to join us, it can be food but also can be a type of food or drink, social media, TV, and much more. Below are a few different options to get you thinking but we encourage you to go before God and make this decision personally.
Types of Fasts :
Media Entertainment Fast: Everyone should seek the Lord about fasting from movies, TV, internet, videogames, social meda, youtube, phone apps, secular music, secular books etc. As often those things can hold an unhealthy amount of attention in our lives. We encourage you to limit media as a whole this month and try not to fast one thing and replace it with another form of media but rather use that time to connect with God.
Selective Food Fast : Fast specific types of food or drinks such as meat, bread, sweets, pop, snacks, coffee/caffeine, alcohol, grains, fast food etc.
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)
If you will be doing the Daniel Fast Click Below for some Recipes:
Medical Condition Fast : If you have physical reasons why you should not fast food, for example: diabetes, hypoglycemia, 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 or more. 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 when I don’t eat?
Days 1-3 : 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.
Day 4 : 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.
Days 6-10 : 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 days 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.
Days 21-40 : 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.