January 1st THROUGH January 21st
The purpose of fasting has always been to place God first in our lives, both personally and corporately. Fasting has a spiritual purpose; the physical sacrifice produces spiritual growth. Prayer and fasting have been a part of the Church's practice to consecrate themselves to the Lord (Acts 14:23). For divine deliverance and guidance (Ezera 8:21-23). We fast and intercede on the behalf of others we know (Psalms 35:13-17) Your personal decisions over these 21 days of prayer and fasting should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your personal limits. Most importantly, seek God in prayer on how you are to participate over these 21 days, and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do. We encourage you to combine your time of fasting with prayer. During the time you normally would be having the fasted meal, pray, join the corporate body of Christ in specific, deliberate prayer.
JOIN US AS WE FAST FOR OUR VISION - OUR CHURCH - OUR LEADERS - THE LOST.
TYPES OF FASTS
COMPLETE: This fast calls for drinking only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.
SELECTIVE: This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, and bread from your diet and consume water and juices for fluids, and fruits and vegetables for food.
PARTIAL: This fast involves abstaining from eating any type of food in the morning and afternoon, typically from sunup to sundown or correlated to specific times of the day, such as 6:00 am to 3:00 pm. You can also fast one or more specific meal(s) each day,
ELECTIVE: This fast is a common starting place for people who do not have experience fasting food, who have health issues that prevent them from fasting food, or who wish to refocus certain areas of their life that are out of balance. Examples of this type of fast include abstaining from social media or television for the duration of the fast. At the end of the fast, pray how to re-institute that element back into your life in order to maintain the balance of priorities you have pursued during the fast.
Please talk to the pastoral staff at The Intersection Church if you have any questions regarding fasting.
You can learn more about fasting at cru.org and Personal Guide to Fasting by Bill Bright.