21 Day ReIGNITE Church Fast

 
Basic Tips For Fasting
There are several Christians whom have never considered fasting on their journey with Christ. If you are one of them. Do not beat yourself up. You can only do what you know or are taught to do. Fasting is a biblical tool to help us break any stronghold in our lives! However, fasting must be accompanied with prayer. You can pray without fasting, but you cannot… I repeat, cannot fast without praying!
In most cases when we fast, we usually are denying food & certain drink. Fasting shows God our sacrificial love for soliciting His Holy help. So in most all cases, the person fasting will feel the reminder of the need of what they are doing when food and drink is denied. There are other ways to fast, ie., denying social media, etc. (more on that below). But you WILL feel the fast when abstaining from certain food and drink that brings you pleasure. I can almost hear your amen as I write this. Lol.
If I can caution you here. Many times, we as believers put off prayer and fasting because our cravings get the best of us. Other times, it is the discomfort of headaches as we push the coffee aside for a period of time. These discomforts are only for a time. The sufferings of Jesus far outweigh anything we will feel when seeking the Lord. Still in doubt, then trust your pastor.
Ok ReIGNITE family, it is my desire to lead us into the New Year with a 21 Day Congregational Fast (that’s fasting together). Not to be confused with the 21 Day Daniel fast. That’s something else. On this journey, I’d like you to simply seek God on whatever you enjoy eating, drinking or doing and abstain from it during the 21 days (between Monday morning, Jan 11th – Sunday evening, Jan 31st).
However, during this period, I caution you not to share with friends (bragging about how tough your fast is, but how you are persevering). No, prayer and fasting is one of the humblest things you can do to connect to the Father in heaven. So, make it between you and Him.
 
Not So Fast
Fasting is voluntarily going without food — or any other regularly enjoyed, good gift from God — for the sake of some spiritual purpose. It is markedly counter-cultural in our consumerist society, like abstaining from sex until marriage.
If we are to learn the lost art of fasting and enjoy its fruit, it will not come with our ear to the ground of society, but with Bibles open. Then, the concern will not be whether we fast, but when. Jesus assumes his followers will fast, and even promises it will happen. He doesn’t say “if,” but “when you fast” (Matthew 6:16). And he doesn’t say his followers might fast, but “they will” (Matthew 9:15).
“Fasting is markedly counter-cultural in our consumerist society, like abstaining from sex until marriage.”
 
We fast in this life because we believe in the life to come. We don’t have to get it all here and now, because we have a promise that we will have it all in the coming age. We fast from what we can see and taste, because we have tasted and seen the goodness of the invisible and infinite God — and are desperately hungry for more of him.
 
For more great information about why we fast, how to start fasting, different types of fasting, some common Q&A, as well as resources to reference for more information, click the link below for a full document from Pastor Marshall!