Join us for 21 Days of Praying & Fasting
What is Fasting?
Fasting is the act of intentionally abstaining from food or a regularly enjoyed good gift from God to focus on a period of spiritual growth or deepening our relationship with God. In the act of fasting, we humbly deny the flesh to focus on and glorify God, become more in tune with His Spirit, and go deeper in our prayer life.
Benefits of Fasting
Fasting brings about miraculous results. You are following Jesus’ example when you fast. Spend time listening to praise and worship. Pray as often as you can throughout the day. Get away from the normal distractions as much as possible and keep your heart and mind set on seeking God’s face.
“[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?”
Goal of Fasting
Sanctuary Church Goal
*Become more intimate with God
*Sharpen our faith
*Experience powerful change that only comes through prayer and fasting
Set Your Goal
Why are you fasting? Is it for spiritual renewal, for guidance, for healing, for the resolution of problems, for special grace to handle a difficult situation? Ask the Holy Spirit to clarify His leading and objectives for your prayer fast. This will enable you to pray more specifically and strategically. Through fasting and prayer we humble ourselves before God so the Holy Spirit will stir our souls, awaken our churches, and heal our land according to 2 Chronicles 7:14. Make this a priority in your fasting.
Types of Fasts
Setting aside a specific time of the day to abstain from eating any type of food makes up a partial fast. For example from no eating from sunup to sundown or not having a certain meal of the day.
Inspired by Daniel in his time at King Nebuchadnezzar’s court, this fast involves removing certain elements from your meals such as meat, sweets, and bread and focusing more on eating fruits and vegetables and drinking water and juice.
“I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth” Daniel 10:3
Calls for drinking only liquids, water or light juices.
If you can’t fast for medical reasons then you can do a alternative fast such as choosing to abstain from certain technologies for a specific period of time such as TV/SOCIAL MEDIA.