HOW TO PARTICIPATE?

  • Join us to fast one or multiple days between January 17 – 31, and write to info@identitychurch.org indicating the day(s) you will fast with us.
  • Join the eldership for three special Wednesdays of prayer and worship in the Identity Church sanctuary on January 17, 24, and 31 from 9-10 AM, 2-3 PM, and 7-8 PM.

DEFINITION OF FASTING

Fasting is abstaining from food for spiritual purposes. Though there are biblical accounts of people fasting from food AND water, we will consider abstaining from food only. People can fast together in a group or corporate fast or individually. People can fast at a set time each week or at particular times as the Holy Spirit leads.

SHOULD ALL CHRISTIANS FAST?

The Bible regards fasting as a regular part of Christian living, and Church history indicates that the Church practiced regular fasting for several centuries after the Ascension.

PREPARING YOUR FAST

STEP 1:

Set Your Objective. Why are we fasting? For spiritual renewal and special grace to handle difficult situations by removing the unbelief that keeps us from our breakthrough. Through fasting and prayer, we HUMBLE ourselves before God so the Holy Spirit will stir our souls and remove every form of unbelief that keeps us from walking in the fullness God has for us individually and as a church family. (MAKE THIS A PRIORITY DURING THIS FAST)

STEP 2:

Make Your Commitment. Pray about the kind of fast you should undertake. Jesus implied that all His followers should fast (Matthew 6:16-18; 9:14,15). For Him, it was a matter of when believers would fast, not if they would do it. Before you fast, decide the following upfront: how long you will fast – one meal, one day, a week, several weeks, 15 days (beginners should start slowly, building up to longer fasts) and the type of fast God wants you to undertake (such as water only or water and juice, what kinds of juice you will drink and how often). Also, decide on physical or social activities you will restrict. Determine how much time you will devote to prayer and God’s Word each day. Making these commitments will help you sustain your fast when physical temptations and life’s pressures tempt you to abandon them.

STEP 3:

Prepare Yourself Spiritually. The very foundation of fasting and prayer is repentance. Unconfessed sin will hinder your prayers. Here are several things you can do to prepare your heart: ask God to help you make a comprehensive list of your sins, confess every sin that the Holy Spirit calls to your remembrance, and accept God’s forgiveness (1 John 1:9). Seek forgiveness from all whom you have offended, and forgive all who have hurt you (Mark 11:25; Luke 11:4; 17:3,4). Make restitution as the Holy Spirit leads you. Ask God to fill you with His Holy Spirit according to His command in Ephesians 5:18 and His promise in 1 John 5:14,15. Surrender your life to Jesus Christ as your Lord and Master; refuse to obey your worldly nature (Romans 12:1,2). Meditate on the attributes of God, His love, sovereignty, power, wisdom, faithfulness, grace, compassion, and others (Psalm 48:9, 10; 103:1- 8, 11-13). Begin your time of fasting and prayer with an expectant heart (Hebrews 11:6). Do not underestimate spiritual opposition. Satan sometimes intensifies the natural battle between body and spirit (Galatians 5:16,17).

STEP 4:

Prepare Yourself Physically. Fasting requires reasonable precautions. Consult your physician first, especially if you take prescription medication or have a chronic ailment. Some people should never fast without professional supervision. (If you cannot join us in this fast by abstaining from food for medical reasons, please do a soul fast and abstain from anything related to social media and entertainment.) Physical preparation makes the drastic change in your eating routine a little easier so that you can turn your full attention to the Lord in prayer. Do not rush into your fast. Prepare your body. Eat smaller meals before starting a fast. Avoid high-fat and sugary foods. Eat raw fruit and vegetables for two days before starting a fast. Avoid drugs, even natural herbal medicines, and homeopathic remedies.

Medication should be withdrawn only with your physician’s supervision. Limit your activity. Exercise only moderately. Walk one to three miles each day if convenient and comfortable. Rest as much as your schedule will permit. Prepare yourself for temporary mental discomforts, such as impatience, crankiness, and anxiety. Expect some physical discomfort, especially on the second day. You may have fleeting hunger pains, dizziness, or the “blahs.” Withdrawal from caffeine and sugar may cause headaches. Physical annoyances may also include weakness, tiredness, or sleeplessness. The first two or three days are usually the hardest. As you continue to fast, you will likely experience a sense of well-being both physically and spiritually. However, should you feel hunger pains or increase your liquid intake?

STEP 5:

Put Yourself on a Schedule. Set aside ample time to be alone with the Lord for maximum spiritual benefit. Listen for His leading. The more time you spend with Him, the more meaningful your fast will be. Morning – Before work, begin your day in praise and worship. Read and meditate on God’s Word. Invite the Holy Spirit to work in you to will and to do His good pleasure, according to Philippians 2:13. Invite God to use you. Ask Him to show you how to influence your world, family, Church, community, country, and beyond. Pray for His vision for your life and empowerment to do His will.

STEP 6:

End Your Fast. Begin eating gradually. Do not eat solid foods immediately after your fast. Suddenly, reintroducing solid food to your stomach and digestive tract will likely have harmful, even dangerous, consequences. Try several smaller meals or snacks each day. If you end your fast gradually, the beneficial physical and spiritual effects will result in continued good health.

STEP 7:

Expect Results. Suppose you sincerely humble yourself before the Lord, repent, pray, and seek God’s face. In that case, if you consistently meditate on His Word, you will experience a heightened awareness of His presence (John 14:21). The Lord will give you fresh, new spiritual insights. Your confidence and faith in God will be strengthened. You will feel mentally, spiritually, and physically refreshed. You will see answers to your prayers. A single fast, however, is not a spiritual cure-all. Just as we need fresh infillings of the Holy Spirit daily, we also need new fasting times before God. A 24-hour fast each week has been greatly rewarding to many Christians. It takes time to build your spiritual fasting muscles. Do not be discouraged if you fail to make it through your first fast. You may have tried too fast for too long the first time or need to strengthen your understanding and resolve. As soon as possible, undertake another fast until you do succeed. God will honor you for your faithfulness.

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