Each January we invite our entire church family to participate in a prayer and fast with the intent of deepening our relationship with God as we seek Him. This is a partial fast recognized as an effective means to receive direction for our lives as we begin the new year. Fasting itself is a spiritual discipline which provides an avenue for us to renew our spiritual commitment to serve God’s purpose for our lives.
The goal of fasting is to become more sensitive to the voice of God in our everyday lives. We do this by dedicating more time to spend with Him in prayer and Bible reading each day. And by refraining from certain foods. When the fast is over, we should discover a new strength to overcome the cravings that may seem to control our lives at times.
21 days of prayer is designed to restrict normal food intake by cutting away many of the foods we commonly eat to satisfy our appetites. It is very common in our country to eat whatever we want whenever we want it, even if it’s unhealthy. This can lead to physical challenges and serious health conditions.
Not only are there physical benefits to fasting, there are spiritual benefits as well. Fasting was important in the life of the early church among believers and is still important in the church today to deepen our relationship with God.
For 21 Days of Prayer we use what is known as the “Daniel Fast,” following the guidelines for fasting described in the book of Daniel. It’s a partial fast where some foods are eaten while others are restricted. Most people use this method of fasting for 21 consecutive days.
Please remember that this prayer and fast is completely voluntary. We recommend that those with medical conditions consult a medical professional before beginning the fast. We also strongly encourage separate consideration for children who participate.
pray with us
We will have open prayer Monday-Saturday starting January 7th from 7-8am in the Stevens Point Christian Academy chapel,
and Tuesday nights at 6pm in the Refuge auditorium.
what is the value of fasting?
Recognizing the value and benefits of fasting is important. It can and should become a viable part of your lifestyle. Fasting helps you increase the quality and quantity of your prayer life. It also gives you the opportunity to focus on areas of personal and spiritual change.
what results should you expect?
You will discover a new intensity when studying the scriptures and a more productive prayer life. You will also overcome cravings that usually control your life and a greater dedication to serve the purpose and will of God for your life.
do i have to adhere to the exact diet?
The precise details of your fast are between you and God. In Romans 14:20-23, the apostle Paul describes how we should relate in love to one another in the matter of what we eat or choose not to eat.