The information in this article was put together to help you experience all the benefits and rewards of prayer and fasting, as we enter into a 21-day season of prayer and fasting. 21-Days of Drawing Near begins 3 February (Sunday) and ends 23 February (Saturday).
“A fast is not a hunger strike. Fasting submits to God’s commands. A hunger strike makes God submit to our demands.” (Ed Cole)
“Prayer is reaching out after the unseen; fasting is letting go of all that is seen and temporal. Fasting helps express, deepen, confirm the resolution that we are ready to sacrifice anything, even ourselves, to attain what we seek for the Kingdom of God.” (Andrew Murray)
At MCChurch, we encourage our community to start the year with a 21-day season of prayer and fasting. This is a time for our church family to focus on drawing near to God, and asking Him to release Heaven’s realities in our lives and world. But we don’t limit fasting to just this time of the year; in fact, we encourage believers to fast at other times of the year as the Holy Spirit leads them. It’s a great, biblically-prescribed way to focus on God and grow in Him — as James 4:8 puts it, “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.”
There are many types of fasts that you can engage with. Below are some options:
This type of fast requires you to limit yourself to liquids only, usually water with juices as an option for energy. It is highly recommended that anyone who does this fast should do it with advise and supervision from your GP.
This type can be done in different ways and allows flexibility for the person fasting. For example, you can choose to skip a meal or fast from 6am-3pm. This is a great fast for those who have busy schedules and need energy to function.
The Selective Fast involves removing certain types of foods from your diet. For example, you can remove meats and sweets from you diet for 21 days — this is type of fast is normally called a “Daniel Fast”. Like the Partial Fast, this is a great fast to engage in for those who have busy schedules and need energy to function.
This fast is a great option if you do not have much experience fasting food, have health issues that prevent you from fasting food, or if you wish to refocus certain areas of your life that are out of balance. For example, you might choose to stop using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast and then carefully bring that element back into your life in healthy doses at the conclusion of the fast.
It encourages us to know when people join the 21-day season of fasting and prayer. Please contact the church and let us know what you plan to do: firstname.lastname@example.org