Ask and Imagine
The goal of fasting is to draw near to God. Fasting hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out. Fasting enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God. It prepares our hearts for all the good things God desires to bring into our lives.
“Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” – Ephesians 3:20-21
Dates to Remember
30 Days of Prayer and Fasting:
September 3, 2023 – October 1, 2023
Service of Healing and Restoration. Sunday, Sept. 3 from 5pm – 6pm
Our prayers will center around seeking healing individually and corporately. Spiritual healing is God’s work offering persons wholeness of body, mind and spirit through confession, forgiveness, anointing with oil, and prayers of reconciliation. Nursery is available.
Night of Worship and Prayer. Sunday, Oct 1 from 5 pm – 6 pm
Our season of fasting and prayer will close out with a night of celeration and worship. There will be a time for individual prayer and an opportunity for those that would like to share how they experienced God over the past 30 days. Nursery is available.
Our prayer room located off the eastside narthex of the sanctuary will be available for prayer each day. Come through the office to access the prayer room during office hours from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
Types of Fasting
Types of Fasting
Have you wondered what the different types of Christian fasts are and how the Bible defines fasting? Christian fasting is abstinence from food or drink for a specific period of time while focusing on prayer and fellowship with God. Spiritual preparation and guidance from the Holy Spirit are key for biblical fasting. Although we can get caught up in “rules” about food and eating, a spiritual fast is first about God and our relationship with Him.
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.
This fast involves abstaining from eating any type of food for certain meals of the day. Commonly this is in the morning and afternoon. This can correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown.
In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.
This fast is a great option in addition to fasting food to refocus certain areas of your life that are out of balance. This is also a good option for those who have health issues that prevent them from fasting food. For example, you might choose to stop using social media, watching television, playing video games, or watching the news, 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.
Resources & Links
Prayer and Fasting
Here are several links that we hope you will find useful in enhancing your fasting experience.
Seedbed is a publishing group associated with Asbury Theological Seminary. Their daily devotional books The Awakened Life and Wake Up are availble for purchase through the church.
Creative Ideas for Teaching Kids How to Pray:
We have additional prayer guides and resources for students on our website to encouage participation by all ages.
Devotional and Prayer App
21 Days of Prayer and Fasting Plan
This is an app-based devotional guide that includes reading for 21 days. Over the 21 days, we invite you to give God time each day intentionally.
The devotional includes daily topics with bible-based thoughts, scripture, and a prayer. Topics range from having a heart after God, forgiveness, and developing patience to pray for your family, city, and missionaries worldwide. We hope that at the end of your 21-day journey, you will have further developed discipline by spending time with Jesus and surrendering your cares to Him.
What’s needed? Just the Bible App and Devotional Guide: You can get both below.