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Fasting :: January 11 – 31, 2014
During the month of January, we set aside a season of prayer and fasting to seek God and believe Him for miracles in our lives. We would love for you to also join us as we gather together to pray for the needs of our city, nation, families, and homes Wednesday evenings for 1 hour.
During this season of prayer and fasting, we seek the Lord in these areas:
- Believing God for answered prayer to our specific needs.
- Declaring our dependence on God in every area of our lives.
- Asking for forgiveness for our sins and the sins of our land.
- Praying for the completion of the Great Commission.
- Inviting the Presence of God in our church and our lives.
- Crying out to God for revival in our generation.
The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out! It also enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God, and prepares our hearts for all of the good things God desires to bring into our lives. Remember, your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your own body, know your options and most importantly, seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do. At The Station, we are fasting corporately from January 11 – January 31.
There are several types of fasts. How you choose to fast is between you and the Lord!
Types of Fasts:
This fast calls for drinking only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.
This type of fast involves removing certain elements from a diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, or bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.
This fast is sometimes called the Jewish Fast and involves abstaining from eating any types of food in the morning and afternoon. This can either correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown.
This fast is common for those who do not have much experience fasting foods, who have health issues that prevent the fasting of food, or who wish to refocus certain areas of their life that are out of balance. For instance, someone might select to abstain from using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast—and then choosing how to carefully bring that element back into their life in an orderly fashion.
Timing a Fast
At The Station, we encourage fasting corporately for 21 days each year in the month of January. This is part of a season of high-intensity prayer as a church family. You may also opt to fast at other times during the year for your own spiritual development. It’s very typical to fast a single meal, or a whole day, or three days—even more. The timing of your fast is not as important as the strength of your focus on Him as you fast.
Prayer and Reading the Word
|Matthew 6:16-18||1 Samuel 1:6-8, 17-18||1 Samuel 7:5-6|
|Matthew 9:14-15||Nehemiah 1:4||Ezra 8:21-23|
|Luke 18:9-14||Daniel 9:3, 20||Joel 2:15-16|
|Joel 2:12||Jonah 3:5-10|
|Luke 2:37||Acts 27:33-37|
|Acts 10:30||Nehemiah 9:1-3|
Here are a couple of great articles about fasting also:
Guide to Fasting and Prayer by Bill Bright