All Church Fast
From January 7th to the 27th we will be having our second annual Church-wide fast. We invite you to join us as we fast and pray to start off the new year! We will have prayer topics that we will post here and on our social media, so be sure to follow along!
Why do we pray and fast?
People are created with a distinct expression to declare the beauty of their creator. Distinctly created to be in communion with God and among other people. Fasting, is our opportunity to tune out all the white noise in our lives and reset the button with God and the people the matter most in God’s eyes. A time to remember his grace and mercy that He has given us…a time for healing, restoration and vision.
Everyone’s personal fast will look different and will be distinctly directed in a way that will seem best to the Holy Spirit. Please see the following different types of fasting that will assist you in your fast.
Fast Schedule and Prayer Points
Daniel fast - Bonney lake campus (Matt 18:20)
Non-Christian music talk radio - South Hill Campus (Col 3:16)
Social media - Puyallup Campus (Eph 4:11-13)
Water only (sun up to sun down) - Relationships: marriages, families, friendships (Josh 24:15)
Negative/profane speech - Children and young people (Ps 119:9)
Daniel fast - Business and personal finances (Ps 144:13)
Social media - Health: mental and physical (Is 53:5)
Sugar - Pastoral staff (Col 4:3)
Television - Freedom from any addictions and bondages (Gal 5:1)
Daniel fast - Opportunities for growth and advancement (Jam 1:2-8)
Non-Christian music talk radio - Unity (Phil 2:1-10)
Water only (sun up to sun down) - God’s favor (Num 6:24-26)
Types of Fasting
ABSOLUTE OR PARTIAL FAST
In an absolute fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option. A partial fast 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. ** If you are pregnant or have any other health issues that would prevent you from eliminating food from your diet, please refer to the selective or soul 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. A few more examples would be to remove sugar, fast food, or all liquids but water from your diet.
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, watching television, or listening to secular radio 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.
Books on prayer and fasting:
God’s Chosen Fast by Arthur Wallis
Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald S Whitney
The Prayer of the Lord by R.C. Sproul
Worship and Devotions: