Prayer and Fasting
Fasting - January 1st through January 4th
Worship Night - January 4th at 6:30pm
We are fasting together in order to deepen our relationship with God and to ensure our plans and pursuits are led by Him. 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.
The Bible presents many purposes for fasting including to strengthen prayer, to seek God’s guidance, to express grief, to seek deliverance or protection, to express repentance and a return to God. When you fast with the right motives, it is a physical expression of humility before God just as kneeling or prostrating yourself in prayer can reflect humility before Him.
If you sense God has more for your life, this time of Prayer and Fasting is a great place to start believing Him for all that He has for you. As you practice seeking Him first, He will move on your behalf like never before. You will see the power of prayer impact your relationships, work, family, and every area of your life. We invite you to join us for these 7 Days of Prayer.
1. Seek medical advice before the fast, especially if you have any existing medical concerns or conditions. If you are under 18 years of age, discuss your desire to fast with your parents.
2. Don’t boast about your fast. (Matthew 6:16-18).
3. You can fast in many different ways. If you are able you are encouraged to participate in a juice fast during this week consuming liquids from fruit or vegetables only. There are different types of fasts you can consider such as a partial-fasts included when someone fasts one meal a day, or from a certain type of food. You may need to consider the Daniel Fast or a liquid protein fast, media fast or even an activity fast.
4. Take time to pray and read the Bible. This may seem obvious, but busyness and distractions can keep you from diving into God’s word.
5. If you fail, don’t give up. Even though you may fail several times, God always extends grace.
6. Fasting by Jesus and the disciples was always accompanied by prayer. Spend time talking to God and allowing Him to reveal Himself to you in His Word.
7. Fasting is a time to study God’s Word, meditate and pray. To help with this, plan a specific Bible passage or topic you want to study during your fast. As a church, we are going to be diving into the One-Year bible. You can join us by downloading the Youversion bible app, searching BattleCreek church, and selecting your campus.