Prayer and Fasting
Prayer and Fastingmay 2020
"Then your light shall break forth like the morning, your healing shall spring forth speedily, and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and He will say, 'Here I am.’ “(Isaiah 58:8-9)
So, fasting is putting God first when you pray, wanting God more than you want food, more than sleep, more than fellowship with others, more than you want to attend to everyday life matters. How can you, as a Christian, ever know that God was first in your life if you did not sometimes turn from every other duty and pleasure to give yourself wholly to the seeking the face of God?
Planning Your Fast
For your fast to be successful it is crucial to decide how you are going to participate. It is easy to get distracted and tempted during fasting so it is good to set a course of action beforehand and asking God to help you to stick to it. You may decide to restrict your fasting to certain days instead of the whole period - or change your type of fast throughout the 28 days. Or even weekend fasts.
Types of Fast
Here are some suggestions to help you to maintain a type of food fast:-
A full 28 day fast drinking only water.
A full 28 day “Daniel” fast. In Daniel 1:12 we read how Daniel refined from all products other than vegetables and water to avoid the prohibited food from the king.
A full 28 day fast from food and drink which are personally very desirable - chocolate, alcohol, coffee, high caffeine energy drinks etc.
A full 28 day fast from certain personally pleasurable activities - TV programmes, box sets, social media, magazines, electronic games etc.
If you are not used to fasting, then here are some useful tips for fasting from food:-
During the 24 hour fast no food is consumed, but you can drink water or calorie-free beverages. After the fast is over, you then go back to eating normally. Don't food binge immediately
It may be helpful to fast for less than 24 hours the first time. While 24 hours may seem like a long time to go without food, you don’t have to go all-or-nothing at the beginning. Go as long as you can without food the first day and increase this the next time to help your body adjust.
Plan the fast on your busiest days and on a days where you have no eating obligations like a working breakfast or lunch
Do not fast from food if there are medical reasons which would make it ill-advised. Ask for medical advice if in doubt.
This is another of our Prayer and Fasting months and you are invited to join with us and we engage in earnest prayer for the people of our community.
As well as continuing prayer anf fasting throughout the month the events shown below will continue to be part of our programme in addition to our Sunday morning services.
Half night of prayer 8 -12 PM
Meet for prayer 7.30 - 9.00 PM
7.30 - 9.00 PM
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
English Standard Version (ESV)