Most of us sense that there’s more to a relationship with God than what we currently are experiencing. While the vast majority of believers start out with a lot of passion and zeal in their relationship with God, over time that enthusiasm subsides. On a day-to-day basis, their relationship with God eventually becomes passive. There are occasional bursts of excitement, but even that excitement is short-lived. Their walk with God seems to have a few highs, some lows…and a whole lot of mundane in-betweens.
A passionate,thriving relationship with God should be the norm, not the exception, for every follower of Christ. Maintaining a fresh, exciting, passionate relationship with God is something we must literally fight to protect. Make no mistake about it—we have a very real enemy who wants nothing more than for our souls to be lulled to sleep, all while we think everything is okay.
For the next 21 days, we invite you to join us in the experience of fasting, prayer, and listening to the voice of God, through His Word. We believe, in this moment, we can be awakened to His voice. Let’s go all in!
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 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 body, your options, and, most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.
Types of Fasts
Complete Fast In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.
Selective Fast 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 juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.
Partial Fast This fast is sometimes called the “Jewish Fast” and involves abstaining from eating any type 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.
Soul Fast 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.
“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14 (ESV)
5 Prayers to Pray
1. SEARCH ME (Psalms 139:23,24) – Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way of everlasting."
2. BREAK ME (Psalms 34:18) – You cannot grow as a Christian until you learn to ask for brokenness. Regardless of our level of spiritual maturity, there will always be areas of your life God needs to work in.
3. STRETCH ME (Psalm 119:11) – This is the kind of prayer to pray when you want to grow up spiritually. If you know someone whose depth of love is humbling, whose spiritual strength is amazing, that person has probably asked God to stretch him through life's challenges.
4. LEAD ME (Psalm 5:8) – Asking God to take your life and do whatever He wants with it is risky. We've got to believe that His plans for us are better than our own.
5. USE ME (Jeremiah 29:11) – It's exciting to make yourself available to God so that He can touch someone else through you. Such prayer creates amazing adventures.
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