Let's fast

january 13-27, 2019

"So we fasted and petitioned our God about this,
and he answered our prayer.”
Ezra 8:23

Join us in fasting things we crave,
to indulge in the goodness of god.

weekday prayer

Join us M-F during our open prayer times.
Mornings 7-9am
Lunch 12-1pm
Meet in the back of the sanctuary for all prayer times. 

group prayer

  1. While fasting, take time to gather with others in times of prayer.
  2. This is a great opportunity for Home Groups to go deeper in a group fast & specific time of prayer. 
  3. Pray with your kids and make this a teaching opportunity. 

corporate finale

24-hours of prayer from the 26th-27th

Saturday, January 26th 
6-8pm in the Sanctuary
To end our 2-week fast, we will be having an extended time of corporate prayer & worship.

Sunday, January 27th
9:45am in Dority Hall
This morning, we are asking those who can fast food, to fast breakfast (no church breakfast) and come pray instead.

common questions about fasting

Why should we fast?

When we fast, we deny ourselves things we love for something we love even more. Fasting is motivated by deep desire, the desire to feed on the fullness of every divine blessing secured for us in Christ.

What's the focus?

Our desire is to realign our focus from earthly, mortal things and place our full attention on the beauty and glory of God, resulting in knowing His heart, hearing His voice and gaining greater vision. 

What does the Bible say about fasting?

Matthew 4:1-11   Fasting heightens our total dependence upon God.
Acts 13:1-4 Corporate fasting draws us to the Lord together as a family.
John 4:31-38 Fasting is about feasting upon the Word of God,

is food the only option in a fast?

While food is traditionally the item denied, you can fast a wide variety of things that feed the flesh. Scroll down to see different types of fasts you can implement. 

types of fasting

Normal Fast – No food, water only.

Partial Fast – This could mean fasting certain meals of the day or abstaining from certain kinds of foods (i.e.: No meat or sweets, soup only, fruit and vegetables only, etc. In Daniel 10:3, Daniel ate no pleasant bread).

Juice Fast – Fruit and vegetable juices only.

Jewish Fasting Period – The Jewish fast began at 6:00 P.M. in the evening and ended the next day at 6:00 P.M. (Some people follow this time period to begin and end fasts.)

Fasting Plus Prayer — Remember, fasting should be combined with prayer. God called us to fast and pray. If you are fasting a certain meal of the day, use the time you would normally be eating to pray. The combination of prayer and fasting is a powerful way to focus on seeking God for breakthroughs and answers to prayer.

Fasting and Abstinence — Although the word “fast” is used as abstaining from food in the Bible and does not refer to giving up other things, during a fast one can practice abstinence from other pleasures as well, such as entertainment, TV, hobbies and sex, as spoken about in 1 Corinthians 7:1-5.


 Desiring God Through Fasting & Prayer

john piper


Lots of articles, videos and resources on understanding Christian fasting and why we practice it.