21 Days of Prayer and Fasting
Twice a year, in January and August, the Legacy Church community participates in a corporate 21 days of prayer and fasting.
Prayer: Prayer connects us to God. The more time you spend with God the more confidence and faith we will have in our relationship with Him.
Fasting: disconnects us from the world. Fasting is not punishing yourself to suffer. He wants you simply disconnect from the world.
What the Bible has to say about fasting
14 Then John’s disciples came and asked him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?” 15 Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.
2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.
2 Corinthians 11:27
27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked.
How to get yourself prepared for your fast.
1. Set an objective. Begin to pray what you want to experience during the fast.
- Declare your dependence on God.
- Ask for forgiveness.
- Refocus on things that matter. The eternal.
- Invite the presence of God in my life. “I just want to be closer to Him.
- Believe God for answers to specific needs.
2. Decide what kind of fast you will do.
3. Expect results. Isaiah 58: 8-9
- Righteousness. Getting back to where you need to be again. Back on track. In right standing with God.
- Help. God will answer you.
Types of Fasts
This fast calls for drinking only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.
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, or bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.
This fast is sometimes called the Jewish Fast and involves abstaining from eating 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.
This fast is common for those who do not have much experience fasting food, who have health issues that prevent them from fasting food, or who wish to refocus certain areas of their life that are out of balance. For instance, someone might select to abstain from using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast, and then choose to carefully bring that element back into their life in an orderly fashion at the conclusion of the fast.
++++++ Fasting is always voluntary. The level at which a person engages in fasting from food should be determined according to age and physical limitations. Those with a physical disability, illness, or eating disorder should not fast, except under the supervision of a physician. Minors are discouraged from fasting food. Minors who desire to fast are encouraged to consider non-food abstentions, such as TV, movies, Internet, video games, and other entertainment. The Bible never calls children to fast food. +++++