#Why Do We Fast?

The discipline of fasting releases the anointing, the favour and the blessing of God in the life of a Christian.

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33

As we seek God first at the beginning of the year it sets us up for blessing for the rest of the year.

Fasting is not merely going without food for a period of time. Biblical fasting is refraining from food for a spiritual purpose. It brings us into a deeper, more intimate and more powerful relationship with the Lord. By fasting, your spirit becomes uncluttered by the things of this world and sensitive to the things of God.

In Matthew 6:16-18 Jesus provided the pattern that each us as children of God are to live. It addresses three specific duties of a Christian: giving, praying and fasting. Jesus said, “When you give…” and “When you pray…” and “When you fast...”. He made it clear that fasting, like giving and praying was a normal part of Christian life.  

  • We fast to seek God’s face; to know Him more
  • We fast to increase our faith
  • We fast for God to do something in us that He has never done before
  • We fast to break strongholds in our own lives 
  • We fast for breakthrough
  • We fast to seek direction from God. 

Fasting weakens the flesh and strengthens our spirit. Closeness with God is our goal and fasting is the method. 

#What Is Fasting?

There are different types of fasts. Here are some examples of potential fasts you could commit to.
Pray about what type of fast you can commit to over these 21 days.

Daniel Fast

Daniel Fast

(Daniel 10:2-3) Includes no bread, no pasta, no meat. It is a diet of only vegetables, fruit & water.

Sun Up to Sun Down

Sun Up to Sun Down

Only drinking water from when the sun comes up until the sun goes down. Having one meal a day at night.

One Meal a Day

One Meal a Day

Choose to fast (go without) one meal a day.

Partial Fast

Partial Fast

Choose something that will be a sacrifice to go without, for example all sugars and coffee.

Full Fast

Full Fast

Only drinking liquids.

#What will our Fast look like?

We will be fasting as a church for 21 days.

Some of us will be fasting from January 27th until February 17th.
Other will fast from Vision Sunday on Feb 3rd until Sunday Feb 24th.

We encourage you to join us in the YouVersion plan “Less of Me/More of Him”. This is a 21-day bible reading plan, encouraging us to draw closer to God as we fast. A link is available below.

Join a Life Group as we will be praying together and encouraging each other as we fast.

Clear your agenda to make room for God. 

The most important part of fasting is to dedicate time to read God’s word and pray. Replace the time you would be preparing food or eating, with prayer and the word.

Listen to Praise & Worship music as much as you can to be in God’s presence. We’ve put together a playlist, available below. 

Also, make sure you drink lots of water. Every time you are hungry; drink water and pray.

#How to Prepare

  1. Establish a place and time where you can pray. 
  2. Pray about what type of fast you will do. 
  3. Download the YouVersion reading plan Less of Me/More of Him, A 21-Day Fasting Study.
  4. Find a Life Group that can encourage you as you fast.
  5. Ask God to reveal to you areas of weakness He wants to help you break free of.
  6. Ask God if there is anyone you need to forgive.
  7. Drink lots of water in the lead up and during your fast.
  8. Expect headaches, hunger pains and cravings for food, sugar & caffeine. When they come, remember to pray.

#Pledge to Pray & Fast

Let's commit to pray & fast together. We'd love to pray with you as you seek God. Use the Pledge Form below to let us know what you're believing for so we can stand in faith together.