Achieving God’s Mission through Fasting

I will soon give you information about our 21 Fast beginning on March 11. I have found that a good place to begin when considering a fast is to meditate on Psalm 63:1 as it says, “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.”

Consider the punctuation- one sentence (connected thoughts) yet many pauses. Take some time today to pause and consider this message. Sometimes we have to understand how thirsty we are. I remember a scene from the movie “Castaway,” the Tom Hanks character makes it back to civilization emaciated and starved. When he is confronted with all of the food that is now available, he is not able to eat it. After being starved for so long, he cannot simply partake of it all-that kind of appetite happens when you regularly eat well. We need to regularly consume the Word of God and spent consistent times meditating on it and listening for God’s voice. It is not an easy practice in this fast-paced world where eating food is as much of a social event as it sustains life for us. But as Christians, we want to plumb the depths of our faith and see where we have come with God and if we are missing something. Fervent prayer and fasting can help us to get there. Here are the types of fasts that you can join in:

  1. A Daniel fast- eat only vegetables, fruit, water and juice
  2. Full fast- drink liquids only (consult doctor first)
  3. Partial fast- Not eating one or two meals on a specific day
  4. All Day Food Fast- abstaining from food one or multiple days per week
  5. Activity/Media Fast- forgoing a time-consuming activity in favor or prayer and meditation on God’s Word.

Fasting is replacing the food that we consume with the consuming of God’s word and a longing for Him in order to align our lives with His will. This is a church-wide time of fasting. And you might ask, “Well, aren’t we supposed to fast in secret? If we all do it won’t the secret be out?” The spirit of the message was that we do not boast or call attention to ourselves with the fasting activity. We see group fasting through the scriptures. In 2 Chronicles 20 the Moabites, Ammonites and Meunites came against Judah and King Jehoshaphat. Verse 3 says, “Jehoshaphat was afraid and turned to seek the Lord; and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. So Judah gathered together to seek help from the Lord; they even came from all the cities of Judah to seek the Lord.”

Those participating will receive the printed copy of 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting by Gary Rohrmayer on March 4 to prepare for the fast that will begin the following week. Our fast will end on Easter Sunday April 1. Please join with us together as we seek God’s will and join Him in it.

In His Grip,

Pastor Mark

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