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As you pray during this season, we also encourage you to fast. Fasting is denying yourself of something physical and eliminating distractions in order to bring your soul more in tune with God. It hits the "reset button" of our soul and renews us from the inside out. Fasting also helps us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all the good things God desires to bring into our lives.
Fasting also adds a greater level of effectiveness to your prayer life, which is why we do it as a church body during our 21 Days of Prayer. What and how you fast is not as important as the focus of your heart during it.
While your personal fast should present a level of challenge to you, it is very important to know your body, your options, and, how to break the fast in a healthy way when you are done. Most importantly, you should seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.
While you may fast any way you’d like, each of the three weeks of our 21 Days of Prayer will have a different focus:
- Soul Fast: abstaining from a certain habit or behavior (such as social media, drinking, dipping, sleeping in, etc.)
- Partial/Selective Fast: abstaining from a specific meal (such as lunch) or a certain food (such as sugar); Consider the Daniel Fast, Whole-30, etc.
- Complete Fast: abstaining from all foods and only drinking liquids, typically water (light juices optional); Be careful to do this in a healthy way
RESOURCES ON FASTING
There are many different types of fasting for different purposes in Scripture.
Click HERE for a great article on Fasting from Bill Bright.
Click HERE for 7 practical steps to fasting for an extended period of time.
Find more information at Church of the Highlands.