“So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting.” – Daniel 9:3
Join your church family and many around the world who participate in Christ’s Church’s annual season of prayer and fasting. Our theme this year will be THE CRY OF MY HEART. The fast will begin on January 7 at 7pm and conclude on January 28 after a special evening Prayer & Worship service (Prayer & Worship service on Jan 28). We will provide 21 daily devotions, one for each day of the fast, that you can access online or in the CC App. There is also a fast Facebook Group where you can connect with others for encouragement and prayer! See a special message below from Pastor Jason Cullum.
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Deep inside every one of us is a longing… a soul level, deep, deep need that we want, we desperately need, God to respond to. Unfortunately we often keep that need to ourselves and bottle up our desires only to become frustrated and even sometimes angry with God for remaining silent. However, there is point where we can no longer contain the cry and it bursts from our soul and explodes to the heavens with the hope that God will respond. Through this series and season of fasting & prayer we are going to study a prevalent pattern of prayer in scripture where God’s children cry out to Him in their desperation, seeking His response. God is a good Father who wants to know our deepest needs, fears and desires so he can give amazing gifts to His children. Join us for an authentic, raw and honest conversation that will change your prayer life forever.
- Jason Cullum, Lead Pastor
Anyone is welcome to join in! Feel free to invite others by simply sharing this page (www.Christs.Church/Fast) with them.
January 7 through January 28, 2018.
*If you have any known medical conditions or suspect such conditions, consult your doctor before beginning the fast.
**There are other fasts that some may be partaking in. (See listings below.)
***Levels of Participation:
Twice in the book of Daniel a fast is mentioned. Once is for 21 days and the second for 10 days. We are asking everyone to join in this 21 day fast but if circumstance won’t allow the full fast, we ask that you would set aside a day during the fast to join us in prayer and fasting.
There are multiple online resources available on the Daniel Fast. One thing you’ll notice is that there are many ways to do the fast. To keep it simple, we have included on this page what the staff and Eldership of Christ’s Church will be doing during the fast and some of the resources we will be using. This fast will require preparation as most meals will be made from scratch. We will have several recipes available (listed below).
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Why are we fasting as a church?
Fasting is a discipline that helps to shift our priorities. It puts Him first and allows us to hear His plan, receive His direction and His blessings. If you want success in your life, in your marriage, in your work—putting God first is the key.
When God is our first priority, He can use us to help others. God hears the cry of the oppressed and the unsaved. The words of Isaiah 58:6-14 give us insight into how significantly God views the power of fasting.
So why would I want to go WITHOUT food? Well, first of all, there are many ways you can approach your fast. You can choose to fast for only one meal, 12 hours, 24 hours or choose to participate in the Daniel Fast. It’s up to you! And fasting doesn’t always have to mean going without food. You can fast from a particular food or even from something like TV or Facebook or something else that you would miss. Don’t choose something that you don’t enjoy. Exercise should not be something you fast from. But I would highly recommend choosing food. And by the way, when you fast you won’t starve to death. You will get hungry for sure, but drink plenty of water and keep a happy face. It says in Matthew, “When you fast, do not disfigure your face to show men you are fasting.” –Matthew 6:16. Second of all, eliminating food for the purpose of spiritual things has a way on uncluttering your spirit. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” –Matthew 5:6. And third of all “offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God. This is your spiritual act of worship”. – Romans 12:1. Jesus talked about denying yourself…taking up your cross daily. There is something amazing that occurs in your spiritual life when you make sacrifices for God. Fasting isn’t mentioned much in the New Testament so is that something that we REALLY need to do?Fasting just isn’t for the Christian fanatics! I used to think the same thing until I realized that … hello…. JESUS CHRIST himself fasted on a regular basis in order to know how His Father was leading Him. In fact, Jesus ministry began with His baptism by John then immediately He went into the desert for a 40 day fast. “Jesus was led by the Spirit in to the desert where for 40 days He ate nothing”. – Luke 1:1-2. Also, let’s not forget that He was Jewish and practiced all of the Jewish holidays, which included many days of fasting. But most importantly Jesus teaches, “WHEN you give” – Mat 6:3; “WHEN you Pray” – Mat 6:5; “WHEN you fast” – Mat 6:16. Did you catch the little word that seems to change everything? WHEN… Not if you feel like it…. Not if you are a religious fanatic…. WHEN. In other words it’s an expectation of spiritual discipline that is expected in order to grow.
1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. 2 Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. We want to encourage you to target your prayers during the fast. Three specific areas we will be focusing on together are revival, leadership and finances. God said to Jeremiah, “Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:12-13) There is no greater prayer than to pray for God to move in the hearts and lives in those we love and live around. We need to be praying for our families, our co-workers, our classmates, our neighbors, our waiters and our brothers and sisters in Christ. We need to be praying for a FRESH ENCOUNTER with the One who made them and has an unbelievable plan for their lives.The Bible also instructs us to continually pray for our leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-2). When we lift up our leaders, here in the United States, around the world, in our state and community and here at the church, we can expect God’s peace in our lives.Another great promise, from the book of Isaiah, proclaims that the chosen fast will “undo the heavy burdens and let the oppressed go free.” (Isaiah 58) We are living in tough economic times and we know that so many people are under a financial burden. As we come together to fast and pray, we believe that your burdens will be lifted and that financial blessings will be released into your life!We encourage you to seek the Lord in prayer and let your decisions about your biblical fasting come from Him. Ask the Lord to show you areas to target during your time of fasting and prayer. We believe that, as we pray and seek God and give Him our best at the first of the year, He will bless our ENTIRE year!Matthew 6:33 is a promise we will claim…“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”Here are a few more scriptures on fasting…Scripture References for Fasting:Matthew 6:16-18, Matthew 9:14-15, Luke 18:9-14
Relation to Prayer and Reading of the Word:1Samuel 1:6-8, 17-18, Nehemiah 1:4, Daniel 9:3, 20, Joel 2:12, Luke 2:37, Acts 10:30,Acts 13:2
Corporate Fasting:1 Samuel 7:5-6, Ezra 8:21-23, Nehemiah 9:1-3, Joel 2:15-16, Jonah 3:5-10, Acts 27:33-37
Remember that it is the attitude of a heart sincerely seeking Him to which God responds with a blessing (Isaiah 58, Jeremiah 14:12, 1 Corinthians 8:8).
What are the different KINDS of fasts and how do I do it?
Drink only liquids (you establish the number of days).
*Please talk to your personal physician before attempting a Full Fast.
The Daniel Fast
Eat no meat, no sweets and no bread. Drink water and juice. Eat fruits and vegetables.
*There are resources in The Source to assist you with this.
*Recommend reading “Fasting” by Jentzen Franklin.
This fast can be a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.
A partial fast is from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm or from sun up to sundown. You can select from three types of fasting —a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.
How to get started:
1) Decide why you are fasting
Start with a clear goal. Be specific. Why are you fasting? Do you need direction, healing, revival, restoration of marriage or family issues? Are you facing financial difficulties? Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. Pray daily and read the Bible.
2) Preparing Spiritually
God cannot work in you and through you if your life is full of sin. Confess your sins to God. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal areas of weakness. Forgive all who have offended you and ask forgiveness from those you may have offended (Mark 11:25; Luke 11:4; 17:3-4). Surrender your life fully to Jesus Christ and reject the worldly desires that try to hinder you (Romans 12:1-2).
3) Deciding what type of fast you are doing
You must choose what fast you will be doing. You could go on a full fast in which you only drink liquids, or you may desire to fast like Daniel, who abstained from sweets and meats, and the only liquid he drank was water. Remember the practice of fasting means that you are replacing that time where you would be eating with prayer and Bible study.
4) Deciding how long your fast will last
You may fast as long as you like. Most can easily fast from one to three days, but you may feel the grace to go longer, even as much as 21 to 40 days. If you feel led to a complete fast, please see your personal physician before you attempt this type of fast. Going without food will affect your body. Use common sense, wisdom and pray for guidance. Beginners are advised to start slow.
What can you expect during your fast?
When you fast your body detoxifies, eliminating toxins from your system. This can cause mild discomfort such as headaches and irritability during withdrawal from caffeine and sugars.
So remember what Jesus said in Matthew 6, “But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face. Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.” and do your best not to let anyone know you’re fasting by complaining about it, looking like it or being mean. We all can get a bit edgy when we go without food, coffee or cokes for a while. So pray that you don’t bite anyone’s head off because you’re fasting.
And naturally, you will have hunger pains. Limit your activity and exercise moderately. Take time to rest. Fasting brings about miraculous results. You are following Jesus’ example when you fast. Spend time listening to worship music. Pray as often as you can throughout the day. Get away from the normal distractions as much as possible and keep your heart and mind set on seeking God’s face.
What can you expect after your fast?
Here’s a tip from experience...don’t go to Outback and order the biggest, greasiest bacon cheeseburger on the menu! It will not end well. J When you come off your fast, realize your body has been purified and has gone without certain things (proteins, sugars, caffeines, etc.) for some time. It will take some time for your body to re-adjust. So don’t overeat when the time comes to end your fast. Begin eating solid food gradually; eat small portions or snacks.
List of Foods to Eat
List of Foods to Avoid
Common Food Questions (and Answers)
All links above open PDF files that can be printed and/or downloaded.
There is no special formula for prayer. There are no “buzz words” or phrases that capture God’s attention more than any other. Prayer is pouring your honest, surrendered heart out to God and seeking His answers to your struggles. When asked by His disciples about prayer, Jesus responded with the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13). “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name, your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.""Jesus’ response points out four key attributes of prayer. We’ve made an acrostic to make easy to remember every time you pray. This isn’t a formula, but if you need a little direction in your prayers, this serves as a great guide.PRAISE: Praise God for who He is and His attributes. Begin by giving Him your worship and adoration.REPENT: Confess to God the things you have done in word, thought or deed which led you into sin. Confess and repent.ASK: After you have spent time in praise and repentance, make your requests known to God by asking Him to provide your needs.YIELD: God is always at work around you. Take time to notice when He invites you to join Him to become part of His mission.
Several fasting resources are available in THE SOURCE (CC Bookstore) at Christ's Church.
FASTING by Jentezen Franklin. Scripture filled to teach and support the practice of Biblical fasting as a means of focused prayer.
THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE DANIEL FAST by Kristen Feola. This has over 100 all natural recipes for the Daniel Fast.
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