- Fasting is an act of humility, acknowledging that we are weak and must depend on God for strength.
- Fasting is giving to God the time you would typically spend preparing meals, scrolling though social media, putting on makeup, etc.
- Fasting without praying is just dieting!
“Come close to God, and God will come close to you.” (James 4:8, NLT)
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS on fastingWhen are we fasting? Wednesday, Jan 23rd – Wednesday, Jan 30th (we’ll do this during the same season as a church, so that we can pray and encourage each other).
Will there be special church services at this time? There won’t be special services, as the emphasis of this activity is on your own time with God. If you need any help or direction during this time, please reach out to one of the church pastors (email@example.com) or to your life group leader.
What kind of fast should I do and for how long? That’s really up to the Lord. Seek Him and ask Him. It’s best to pray and ask God to lead you to the right kind of fast that He has for you and to ask Him for the length of the fast. Decide ahead of time and know His will clearly. This confidence will help you in moments you might want to give up. Remember that you don’t have anything spiritual to prove to anyone; this decision is between you and your Father.
What if I just eat fast-food and meal preparation isn’t a big deal for me? Take that to the Lord in prayer. It may be that you’ll find greater spiritual focus through a technology fast. Let Him lead you.
Should I fast if I’m pregnant or nursing or taking part in strenuous work? If you have any concerns at all, you should consult your qualified, medical doctor before proceeding with a fast. Some who are caring for children or have strenuous occupations may want to consider a Daniel Fast (fruit and vegetables only; Daniel 10:2-3) or a technology fast, where you can still receive adequate nutrients during this 7 day period.
What types of fasting are there?
- Drinks-only fast (the point is to save the time you might prepare, eat, and clean up from eating and spend that time in prayer),
- Fruit and vegetable fast (often called a “Daniel fast”; if going without food is too strenuous or unhealthy for you, limit your prep and sweets/fats)
- Technology fast (skip social media, internet, tv in order to give quietness to your soul and more time to prayer). *Remember, if you’re just skipping food and not praying, it’s just dieting!
Anything else I should consider? If you’re fasting in any way from food, give special consideration to how you finish the fast and transition back to your normal diet. Take things slowly and gradually to give your body time to adjust. A fast food binge might be temporarily enjoyable after 7 days of fasting, but your digestive system can struggle from a sudden shock like that. Check out this very helpful and practical resource for more questions on fasting: “The Coming Revival” by Pastor Bill Bright.
More bible passages about fasting: Matthew 6:16-18 (Jesus talks about how fasting should be humble and private), Acts 13:1-3 (church leaders fast together and God speaks a vision to them), Daniel 10:2-3 (Daniel does a special fruits and vegetable fast for 21 days)