The goal of fasting is to get closer to Jesus, to hear clearer from the Holy Spirit, and to really be serious about spiritual growth. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out. It also enables us to see the kindness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all the life giving things Jesus wants to bring into our lives. Remember, 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.
BEFORE YOUR FAST
Take a few days to plan for your fast. Get a notebook or blank journal and write down dreams, goals, and even questions you have for God. Make a list of specific prayer needs. Write down people’s names you will
praying and fasting for. Leave space to later write the answered prayers after each prayer request and be expectant for God to answer.
TYPES OF FASTS
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.
In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water, tea, coffee and juices. (Puréed soups and dairy are optional)
*Life Church Staff practices this type of fast Jan 1-21st.
This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, and bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.
This fast is sometimes called the “Jewish Fast” and involves abstaining from eating any type of food in the morning and afternoon. This can either correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown.
This fast is a great option if you do not have much experience fasting food, have health issues that prevent you from fasting food, or if you wish to refocus certain areas of your life that are out of balance. For example, you might choose to stop using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast and then carefully bring that element back into your life in healthy doses at the conclusion of the fast.
TIMING OF A FAST
We encourage fasting for 21 days to start each year in January. This is part of 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting, a season of focused prayer as a church family. You may also choose to fast at other times during the year for your own spiritual development. It’s very typical to fast a single meal, a whole day, or three days or more. The timing of your fast is not as important as the strength of your focus on being closer to and more like Jesus as you fast.