21 Days of Corporate Fasting & Prayer
January 11th - January 31st
This 21-day fast consists of giving up the one food item or food group that you have been the most dependent upon during this pandemic (e.g. sweets, candy, fast food, etc.). Please feel free to add to this as God leads you. You may also decide to do the Daniel Fast. Details regarding the Daniel Fast are available on our website.
Fasting is a way to demonstrate to God, and to ourselves, that we are serious about our relationship with Him. The purpose of a biblical fast is to gain deeper fellowship with God.
Fasting helps us gain a new perspective and a renewed reliance upon God. The purpose of fasting should be to take your eyes off the things of this world to focus completely on God. By taking our eyes off the things of this world, we can more successfully turn our attention to Christ. As we spend more time in prayer, more time in worship, and more time reading and studying God’s Word, we humbly seek His face and His best for our lives. Our motive over the next 21 days is not to have an emotional experience or attain personal happiness, but rather to glorify God and establish a renewed closeness with Him, gaining greater sensitivity to His will, His ways, and His desires.
Fasting is not a way to get God to do what we want. Fasting changes us, not God. Fasting is not a way to appear more spiritual than others. Fasting is to be done in a spirit of humility and a joyful attitude.
Although fasting in Scripture is almost always a fasting from food, there are other ways to fast. Anything given up temporarily in order to focus all our attention on God can be considered a fast.
Matthew 6:16-18 declares, “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men 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.”
FASTING SHOULD BE DONE AT YOUR OWN RISK. CONSULT A PHYSICIAN if you are taking medication of any kind, are on a restricted diet of any kind, or if you have any kind of medical physical, or dietary concerns!!!
ALWAYS PRAY ABOUT WHAT YOUR COVENANT FAST SHOULD BE, especially if there are reasons you cannot fast as suggested. God may have you fast other things or in other ways. Your focus should be talking to God (PRAYER), reading your Bible (UNDERSTANDING GOD), and meditation (LISTENING TO GOD).
In a nutshell, fasting is about building your relationship with HIM!!!
During the fast, all TV, Music, and Reading should be Christian based ONLY. Phone conversations should (to the best of our ability) be limited to encouragement, prayer, and Godly things – and not prolonged beyond what is necessary. Give yourself to prayer!