FASTING BASICS | Simply stated, biblical fasting is refraining from food for a spiritual purpose. |According to the Bible, there are three duties of every Christian: give, pray and fast. BIBLICAL FASTING takes a lot of discipline and strength. Your private discipline will bring you rewards in Heaven, according to Matthew 6.
When you give God your first through fasting, prayer and giving at the beginning of a journey or year, you align yourself with God & His processes, setting your course for that entire journey or season.
Why should I fast?
BIBLICAL FASTING SCRIPTURES
1 Timothy 2:1-2 “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”
ROMANS 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.”
MATTHEW 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
ISAIAH 58:6 “[Is] not this the fast that I have chosen to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?”
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)!
TYPES OF FASTS
There are several types of fasting. The one you choose is between you and God. He will honor your best sacrifice.
Full Fast - Drink only liquids (you establish the number of days).
The Daniel Fast - Eat no meat, no sweets and no bread. Drink water and juice. Eat fruits and vegetables.
3-Day Fast - This fast can be a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.
Partial Fast - 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.
Scripture References for Fasting: Matthew 6:16-18, Matthew 9:14-15, Luke 18:9-14
Relation to Prayer and Reading of the Word:
1 Samuel 1:6-8, 17-18, Nehemiah 1:4, Daniel 9:3, 20, Joel 2:12, Luke 2:37, Acts 10:30,Acts 13:2
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).
May God greatly bless you as you fast!
*Use wisdom to consult your medical professional if necessary before entering a fast.
VISION SHEET SUNDAY - JANUARY 24TH, 2021
God is very clear in His Word that there is tremendous value in having a vision. As a church family, we want to follow the direction of God in His Word and “write what we see” and expect it to become reality. We are committing to spending some time seeking God for the vision He has for our lives, families, and futures.
Whether you are watching online or attending in person, bring your filled out vision sheets to church with you on January 24th. At a special point during our services, we will pray for all of our respective visions as a collective group before the Lord.
*Please note, we are not collecting these forms or asking anyone to share what they’ve written. The completed forms are yours to keep reminding you of what you are believing for this year.
This January we invite you to join Family Life Church as we fast and pray this month. This month our church will have to opportunity to participate in vision month starting of with a 21 day fast that begins on January 4th. We also invite you to use those 21 days to seek God's face and write down a vision for you and your family. We've provided a 2021 vision sheet. We encourage you to set some time aside and search your heart concerning these areas, and if you have a spouse and/or children, please complete this together as a family.
21 DAY CHURCH-WIDE FAST - JANUARY 4TH - 24TH, 2021
As we prepare our hearts to hear from God, we highly encourage you to fast with us before vision sheet Sunday! Fast with us for this fast that begins January 4th!