CHOOSE A FASTING PLAN
You can choose to fast complete meals or certain foods or drinks that you love but are willing to give up temporarily, such as meat, sweets, caffeine, soft drinks, alcohol, etc. Other fasts besides food can include abstaining from certain recreational activities, social media, technology, television, etc.
Your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your body and your options and, most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.
What is Fasting?
Biblical fasting, frequently practiced in the Old and New Testaments, especially by the early church, is a voluntary abstinence from eating or drinking certain foods for a specific period of time. When someone fasts, they intentionally stop something in their diet or restrict their diet as a way of humbling themselves, revealing a complete dependency upon God.
We are inviting the CedarCreek Church family to come and unite in a fast together. It is purposefully denying the flesh—our natural cravings, the things that we desire most.
Fasting increases our spiritual alertness and provides an opportunity to seek God for specific things individually and as a church. Fasting turns our attention from ourselves and focuses it on God. When we make God our priority over food and drink or other things that we desire, it gets his attention!
How To Fast?
We are asking each participant to consider fasting, to change something in your eating rhythm. This can be complete meals or certain foods or drinks that you love but are willing to give up temporarily, such as meat, sweets, caffeine, soft drinks, alcohol, etc.
If you have a medical condition that prevents you from altering your eating habits, then consider the other fasts that aren’t food-related.
This can include abstaining from an area of entertainment. The majority of people consume a lot of entertainment, so by restricting some of our entertainment options or the amount of time we spend on entertainment, we can replace that time with intentionally connecting with God.
This can include certain recreational activities, social media, technology, television, etc.
Find a partner or a group to fast with. If you are part of a household and have roommates or family members, there’s value in fasting at the same time so that you can encourage and support each other (Lessen the temptation!) and pray and seek God together.