Corporate Fasting: January 14 - February 3, 2019
We invite you to join us this year, as we focus our times of prayer and fasting around what it means to re:New. Romans 12:2 (NIV) says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” As we set our hearts and minds on the Lord during these 21 days of prayer and fasting, we are encouraged not to continue conforming to the patterns of this world, but to be transformed (to be changed, different than the world) by re:New(ing) our minds. In doing so, we are able to test and approve what God’s will is for our lives. His will is good, it’s pleasing (God is for you - has enjoyable things for you), and it’s perfect (all things are aligned).
We believe, we have heard from the Lord, and He spoken, that during these 21 days we will enter into a season of asking. Matthew 7:7 (NIV) tells us, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
We are believing together, as we make room for Him in this season, we will experience the promises of God to receive, to find and to have doors opened as we ask, seek and knock.
We would love to hear how the Lord is impacting you during our corporate fast. We encourage you to take a moment and share your story with us.
Fasting requires reasonable precautions. If you have any health concerns, please consult your physician prior to starting your fast - especially if you are taking medication, have a chronic condition or if you are pregnant or nursing.
Set aside a time each day (the morning works best for most people) to read your Bible and devotional. Find a quiet spot where you can be alone, write down your own reflections and the things God shows you as you pray and read.
Make an effort to disconnect from the “noise” that is a normal part of daily life. Television, newspapers, Twitter and Facebook are not bad in and of themselves, but they can be a distraction. If at all possible try to limit their use for the next few days so you can give full attention to the voice of the Holy Spirit.
Fasting Suggestions for Kids and Youth
Munchies Fast (Optional)
Eating only fruit for sweets, (no cookies, candy)
Munching on veggies only (no chips, etc.)
No carbonated beverages or milk (only water)
Media Fast (Optional)
Playing only board games (no video games)
Limit or fast watching any entertainment (i.e. TV, streaming services, YouTube).
Fast all social media and news sources (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TV News, News Apps).
Use discretion on Educational and Bible Apps that could be optional or put off until the fast.
Money Fast (Optional)
Spending only if it is a necessity (school supplies or warm clothing items)
No purchases of convenience items, unnecessary snacks, entertainment items, etc. All other monies received are saved.
Mental Fast (Optional)
Going to bed earlier than usual
Sitting with moments of quiet during the day
If you are looking for a great resource to help you understand fasting better we recommend Jentezen Franklin’s book titled “Fasting” along with the companion 21 day journal. The journal gives you an opportunity to capture what the Lord is saying and doing as you are encountering the Lord’s presence.