21 DAYS OF FASTING & PRAYER

As we begin a New Year, we desire to prioritize seeking God first in prayer. Collectively as a church, we’ve set aside January 8th-28th as 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting. Together for these 21 days, we will faithfully seek God first, trusting in His power alone to create lasting impact in our lives, our church and our world.

When we fast, we willingly deprive ourselves of something common and ordinary, in order to focus our hearts and minds towards God.. By fasting, we deny ourselves things we love for someone we love even more. Remember, the goal of fasting is not just to go without food or other comforts that you enjoy. The goal is to draw closer to God. 

Please contact a doctor before you begin fasting if you have any health concerns and modify your plan as needed.

Types of Fasts

  • COMPLETE FAST

This fast calls for drinking only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.

  • SELECTIVE FAST

This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, and bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.

  • PARTIAL FAST

This fast is sometimes called the Jewish Fast and involves abstaining from eating any type of food in the morning and afternoon. This can either correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown.

  • SOUL FAST

This fast is common for those who do not have much experience fasting food, who have health issues that prevent them from fasting food, or who wish to refocus certain areas of their life that are out of balance. For instance, someone might select to abstain from using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast, and then choose to carefully bring that element back into their life in an orderly fashion at the conclusion of the fast.

Scriptures about Fasting

Scripture References

  • Matthew 6:16-18
  • Matthew 9:14-15
  • Luke 18:9-14
  • Acts 27:33-37
  • Nehemiah 9:1-3
  • Isaiah 58

21 Day Events

  • Yorktown & Williamsburg Worship Night –
    January 11
    7:00 PM
    Yorktown Campus
     
  • Newport News & Hampton Worship Night –
    January 16
    7:00 PM
    Newport News Campus

Daniel Fast Guidelines

A common fast is to participate in what is often called a Daniel Fast. The foods ‘allowed’ in a Daniel Fast vary but the foundation of the Daniel Fast is fruits and vegetables. It basically means eating no meat, no sweets, and no bread. Instead, you drink water and juice and only eat fruits and vegetables. Here are a list of foods that are “allowed” as part of the fast:

  • All fruits – fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned (avoid added sugar)
  • Vegetables – fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned (avoid salt content)
  • Legumes – beans, lentils, peanuts, peas, natural peanut butter with no additives
  • Seeds – all nuts, sunflower, sesame, ground flax
  • Whole grains – whole wheat, brown rice, quinoa, oats, millet, plain oatmeal, popcorn, whole wheat pasta or tortillas
  • Liquids – water, herbal tea, unsweetened soy milk, 100% fruit juice (no added sugar)
  • Other – tofu, soy products, herbs, spices (with no preservatives), small amounts of honey, olive oil, sea salt, or Ezekiel bread
  • Remember to drink lots of water during your fast

If for health or other reasons you cannot safely fast from food, please see the info above on a soul fast.

Fasting Resources

https://www.cru.org/train-and-grow/spiritual-growth/fasting/personal-guide-to-fasting.html

http://21days.churchofthehighlands.com/resources/seven-basic-steps-to-successful-fasting-and-prayer

https://jfm-website.s3.amazonaws.com/fasting/article/Fasting-That-Changed-History.pdf

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