The Pastoral Staff is calling the entire church to a consecrated season of fasting and prayer to express our dependence upon Christ and His Spirit. While we believe that we can do all things through God as He strengthens us (Phil. 4:13), we also recognize that without Him we can do nothing (John 15:5). Let us come together, humble ourselves, turn from sin, and seek His face.

Schedule

January 2, 7:00 pm: “Our Father, Holy is Your Name”
Focus: Praise & Worship

January 3, 6:30 am: “Your Kingdom Come”
Focus: Our World/Missionaries

January 4, 7:00 pm: “Your Will Be Done”
Focus: Our Church & Nation

January 5, 8:00 am: “Give us each day our daily bread.”
Focus: Financial and Physical Provision

January 6, 7:00 pm: “Forgive us”
Focus: Reconciliation in Churches, Families, & Nation

January 7, 6:30 am: “Deliver us from evil”
Focus: Power to live free in the Spirit

January 8, 7:00 pm: “For Yours is the Glory…”
Focus: Praise and Worship

What is Fasting?

Fasting is the practice of abstaining from food. In the Bible fasting was practiced in conjunction with prayer as an expression of grief or desperate need which was aroused by either a physical or spiritual crisis. Fasting was a means of expressing humility and dependency upon God.

Why Fast?

Fasting is practiced in conjunction with prayer for the purpose of enhancing the focus and intensity of the person praying. Christian’s fast for two reasons:

1. We fast as a natural response to a superior hunger or hurt that drives away the appetite for food and replaces it with a desire for God or desperate need for God.
Fasting can be motivated by a desire (HUNGER) for God’s presence, grace, mercy, wisdom, protection, provision, and/or justice.
Fasting can be motivated by sorrow & grief (HURT) over sin & suffering; A burden due to injustice, moral corruption, and/or spiritual deception.

2. Sometimes fasting is practiced, not because the appetite has been suppressed, but as an intentional means of diminishing the power of our physical appetite. St. Augustine taught that fasting was a means of strengthening the Christian against temptation. He taught that by the practice of denying the flesh it’s legitimate appetite for food, one could become better able to resist illegitimate pleasures.

John Piper expressed these two reasons for fasting beautifully when he wrote, “Half of Christian fasting is that our physical appetite is lost because our homesickness for God is so intense. The other half is that our homesickness for God is threatened because our physical appetites are so intense. In the first half, appetite is lost. In the second half, appetite is resisted. In the first, we yield to the higher hunger that is. In the second, we fight for the higher hunger that isn’t. Christian fasting is not only the spontaneous effect of a superior satisfaction in God; it is also a chosen weapon against every force in the world that would take that satisfaction away.” (A Hunger for God, Crossway, 1997)

Here are a couple of links to assist you with practical advice when planning to fast:

Fasting for Beginners

Seven Steps to Fasting