At the beginning of each year we make it our priority to seek God first in prayer. We do this collectively as a church in January through our 21 days of prayer and fasting focus. These 21 days are intentional as we begin a new season. Together, we faithfully seek God first, trusting in His power alone to create lasting impact in our lives, our church, and our community.
If you sense that God has more for your life, then 21 days of prayer is a great place to start believing Him for all He has for you. As you practice seeking Him first, trust Him to move on your behalf like never before. As you trust Him, you will start to see the power of prayer begin to impact your relationships, work, family and every area of your life. Whether you join us in person or online, we invite you to be part of 21 Days of Prayer.
Fasting is a spiritual discipline taught in the Bible. Jesus expected His followers to fast and taught that God actually rewards fasting. Fasting as the Bible describes means to voluntarily modify, reduce or eliminate certain foods or all food for a specific time and purpose. As you will see below there are various ways to fast - but the goal is still to strengthen your relationship with God by denying yourself for a time so you can renew your inner/spiritual self.
The goal of fasting is to develop a stronger, healthier relationship with God. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose. it hits the reset button for our souls and renews us from the inside out. Coupling prayer with fasting allows us to remember and celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for the incredible things God desires to do in our lives.
Remember, 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 through with what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.
- Complete Fast - In this type of fast, your meals are only liquids, typically water with some light juices as an option.
- Selective Fast - this involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example is called a "Daniel Fast", during which you remove meat, sweets and bread from your diet and consume water or juice and vegetables for food.
- Partial Fast - this is sometimes called a "Jewish Fast" and involves abstaining from 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.
- Soul Fast - this fast is a great option if you don't have much experience fasting, have health issues the prevent you from fasting, or if you wish to refocus certain areas of life that are out of balance. For example, you may choose to stop using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast and then carefully/prayerfully reintroduce those elements back into you life in healthy doses at the conclusion of the fast.
- Caution - fasting is NOT earning an answer to your prayer. God cannot be forced by human effort. God wants to answer our prayers as they align with His Word and His will and He answers out of grace.
- Caution - You should fast only if your health allows it at this time. If you cannot fast food then find a fast that requires discipline/sacrifice and begin by faith and God will honor that.
At Newlife, we encourage fasting for 21 days each year in the month of January. This is part of our 21 Days of Fasting and Prayer, a season of focused prayer as a church family. You may also choose to fast at other times during the year for your own spiritual development. It's very typical to fast a single meal, a whole day, or three days or more. The timing of your fast is not as important as the strength of your focus on God as you fast.