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Fasting

FASTING

Join us, as we become more of a PRAYING CHURCH. We want to make room for God's leading through the Holy Spirit in our lives and ministries. One way we can do this is through fasting. Below you will find a look at what a fast is and the spiritual discipline of fasting (compiled by Rev. Care Crawford from "The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook," by Calhoun).

What is a fast?

A fast is the self-denial of normal necessities in order to intentionally attend to God in prayer. Bringing attachments and cravings to the surface opens a place for prayer. This physical awareness of emptiness is the reminder to turn to Jesus who alone can satisfy.


Why fast?

To let go of an appetite in order to seek God on matters of deep concern for others, myself, or the world.


Examples of fasting in Scripture

Matthew 6:16-18
"When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show they are fasting…But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you."

Isaiah 58:6-7
"Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry, and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter?"


Practice Includes:

  • Abstaining from food or drink, shopping, media, etc. to be intentionally with God
  • Abstaining from media: TV, radio, music, email, cell phones, computer games, social media, etc. to allow space to listen to the voice of Jesus
  • Abstaining from habits or comforts: reading, sports, conveniences, in order to give God your undivided attention
  • Repenting and waiting on God
  • Observing fast days and season of the church year- more liturgical churches
  • Addressing excessive attachments appetites or the ‘entitlement behind them, and asking and partnering with God to bring about a change to the habit
  • Overcoming: compulsions, addictions, whims, cravings
  • Seeking strength to preserver, obey and serve.


God-given Fruit:

  • Praying for needs in the body of Christ
  • Keeping company with Jesus in relinquishment
  • Identifying with and keeping fellowship with Jesus by choosing to follow His sacrificial example
  • Freeing up more time for prayer
  • Letting small depravations remind you of Jesus’ great sacrifice on your behalf
  • Repenting of self-indulgent, addictive or compulsive behaviors
  • Seeking strength from God for obedient love and service./li>


 

 

 

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