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PRAYER 21 SCHEDULE (JAN 11-31)

CHURCH-WIDE PRAYER NIGHTS

FRI JANUARY 13, 6-8PM / PASTOR DAN MACLEOD – PRAYER INSTRUCTION

SAT JANUARY 14, 6-8PM / MISSIONARY ALLAN CALHOUN – PRAYER FOR MISSIONS

 

1ST ANNUAL PRAYER SUMMIT

FRI JANUARY 28, 7PM / REV. CURTIS SCOTT

SAT JANUARY 29, 11AM / REV. CURTIS SCOTT

 

WHAT IS FASTING?

The purpose and goal of fasting is to draw near to God through prayer and the Word.  Fasting empowers us to realign our spiritual priorities and experience spiritual renewal by eliminating distractions and helping us saturate ourselves in the presence of God.

 

HOW LONG SHOULD I FAST?

Fasting should be a personal challenge, but also keep in mind your particular health situation. This especially applies to those who have a health condition or pregnant mothers.

At OC we encourage a season of fasting at the first of the year in January to prepare us as individuals, families, and as a church for the spiritual direction of the upcoming year. This particular prayer push will last 21 days. Why 21 days? This fast is taken from Daniel chapter 10 where Daniel prayed for 21 days. Please take a few minutes to read this chapter.

Over this period of 3 weeks, options for fasting may include:

What is most important as you fast is not the option you choose but rather the time you spend focusing on God. It helps to spend time with God in prayer during the meals you are fasting.

 

TYPES OF FASTS

Below are four different types of fast. You may choose one or a variation of all of them throughout your fast. During the 21 Days of Fasting, we encourage you to ease into your fast the first week, perhaps selecting options 2, 3, or 4 with a goal of working towards option 1 in subsequent weeks. You will find menu options in the graphic below to help guide your diet selection.

1. The Complete Fast

Drinking only liquids (or light juices)

2. The Selective Fast

This is the fast that Daniel was doing in Daniel Chapter 10. This fast involves abstaining from eating meat, sweets, or bread and consuming only water (or light juice) for liquids and fruit and vegetables for food.

3. The Partial Fast

It involves abstaining from food in the morning and afternoon. Some people will fast from sun up to sun down or from 6am to 3pm.

4. The Alternative Fast

This type of fast involves abstaining from some sort of activity that brings you pleasure or consumes your time. This may involve media or even fast food. This helps to bring their life back into balance.

 

Scriptures On Fasting

SET SOME GOALS

It is a very good idea to set some prayer goals for yourself. Get a journal or open a new note on your mobile phone and write down some of things that you would like to see God perform during your fast. Setting a schedule and adhering to it will increase the effectiveness of the fast.

 

OTHER FASTING TIPS

All those beginning a fast should transition into it slowly, and the same applies for ending a fast. Eating a cheeseburger after an extended fast is not a good idea, as your body has just experienced a detoxing process and you will likely get sick. As you break the fast add food back slowly into your diet.

It is important to keep your energy up during the fast, especially if you have health concerns. It is recommended that you drink water regularly throughout the day. Some people like to include lemon or even honey in their water. Drinking lots of water will help your liver filter the toxins in your body.

Once you have selected your fast try to make a fasting calendar that fits your schedule. Keep your fridge and pantry stocked with the items you need. Keep in mind not to become too focused on the food, but rather on the fast.

Limit to the best of your ability artificial ingredients and stick to raw food as much as possible. PS. Don’t keep foods in your house that will cause you to be give into temptation! (:

Lastly, if you mess up that is okay! Perfection is not the goal, drawing near to God is! Keep trying and finish strong.

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