Tips for Fasting and Prayer
Our 21 days of fasting and prayer begin on Monday, Jan. 11! Here are some helpful tips to guide you as you participate.
As you consider fasting, we want to encourage you to listen to the Holy Spirit. Ask God to lead you in this time of seeking his face. Whether you choose to fast for one day, several days, or the entire 21 days, the point is to humble yourself in a new way and draw near to God. Here are three common ways to fast:
- Selective Fast | During a selective fast, you eliminate certain things from your diet. For example, eating only fruits and vegetables, what some might call a “Daniel fast.” (View a sample food list.).
- Partial Fast | During a partial fast, you refrain from eating for a set period of time each day. You could choose to fast from a single meal or from sunup to sundown.
- Complete Fast | During a complete fast, you refrain from eating and only drink liquids for particular days or even for an extended period of time.
If fasting from food is not possible, you may feel led by the Lord to fast from something else, such as social media, television, or certain times or activities on your cell phone.
Praying is spiritual breathing, essential for our life in God. As we meditate on God’s Word, we breathe in the promises and purposes of God. In prayer, we breathe out, responding to God’s Word to us. Together, let’s put our faith into action, trusting in the promises of God for us and our church. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you pray:
- Time and Place | Commit to a specific time each day to devote to prayer. Find a place where you can be free of distractions and be alone with God.
- Focus | Use the prayer points and Scripture provided in our guide to focus and fuel your prayer time. Write the Scripture and prayer point on a card and carry it with you, post it on your social media, make it the screensaver on your phone—whatever you can think of to keep these prompts in front of you. Use them throughout the day and invite others to join you in praying.
- Write | Take it a step further and journal your prayers each day, simply writing out your prayers to God. It’s a great opportunity to hide God’s Word in your heart, working to memorize verses as you meditate and pray.
- Join Others | Consider ways to pray with others during this season. Set up a Zoom call with friends or members of your small group. Pray together as a family.
In all of this, our hope is for this experience to anchor us to our purpose as the people of God at The Summit Church, declaring our dependence on him as we begin a new year.