Living Waters will participating in a
21 Day Fast: March 27 - April 17, 2019
Below is information on basic fasting, biblical references and children participation.
We are anticipating great things! Come be apart!
Click here for the Living Waters Daily Prayer and Scripture Focus for our 21 Day Fast! Oración diaria y enfoque en las Escrituras 21 días de ayuno en español
Click here for the: LW Kids 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting Calendar with daily fasting suggestions for our children.
FastingBiblical fasting always has to do
with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose. The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God,
increase spiritual awareness, and become stronger in your faith. Also, to demonstrate that we are serious
about our relationship with Him. The key
is to spend time in prayer and reading God’s Word. Remember, your personal fast should present a
level of challenge, but it is very important to know your body, your options
and, most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit
leads you to do. Type of Fasts - Common options include:Selective FastThis
type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel
Fast, which you remove meat, sweets, and breads from your diet and consume
water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.Partial FastThis
type of 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 day such as 6:00am to 3:00pm or from sunup to sundown.Complete FastIn
this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as
an option. Recommended for only a limited number of days.Non-food FastThis
is an option for those who have health issues that prevent you from fasting
food, or if you wish to refocus certain areas of your life that are out of
balance. For example, you might choose
to stop using social media or watching television 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.The internet offers helpful fasting guidelines, food list
and meal planning suggestions for the Daniel Fast.Be sure to consult your health care professional before
fasting or making any major dietary change.How to BeginStart with a Goal(s)Before
you begin, decide on the purpose(s) of your fast. Start with a clear goal and be specific. For example, what is your greatest need at
this time in your life? Do you need
direction, healing, restoration of marriage, or have financial or family
issues? Do you desire to become more
empowered by the Holy Spirit? Invest
some quality time in prayer as you decide.Prepare Spiritually Confess
your sins to God. Ask the Holy Spirit to
reveal areas of weakness. Forgive all
who have offended you and ask forgiveness from those you may have offended. Surrender your life fully to Jesus Christ and
reject the worldly desires that try to hinder you.Decide What to FastThe
type of fast you go on is up to you. By using
wisdom and prayer for guidance, choose the type of fast and the duration.
What to ExpectFasting
teaches us to deny our “selves” and instead put our spirit in control over our
you fast, your body detoxifies, and this can cause mild discomfort such as
headaches and irritability during withdrawal from caffeine and sugars. Naturally, you will have hunger pains. Let these be a reminder to pray and read
God’s Word. Be sure to drink plenty of
water every day and limit your activity and exercise moderately. Take time to rest. Don’t
be surprised when Satan attacks you during the fast and tries to destroy areas
of your life. This is a Spiritual
battle. But God will give you a holy
determination for breakthroughs.
During the FastPray and read God’s Word every day.
Take each day to spend time with the Lord in praying, reading the Bible and
listening.Write down what you are praying
for, what God is speaking to you and answered prayers throughout the fast.Remove yourself from the normal
distractions as much as possible and keep your heart and mind set on seeking
God’s face.Rely on the Holy Spirit to give you
strength when you feel tempted or weak. If you fall short of your goal, don’t
give up. Realign yourself and your expectations and continue your fasting plan
as you grow nearer to Jesus.How to EndDon’t
overeat when the time comes to end your fast.
Begin eating solid food gradually; eating small portions will give our
body a chance to get use to the change.
6:16-1816 “When you fast, do not look somber as
the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are
fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in
full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your
face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to others that you are
fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what
is done in secret, will reward you.Matthew
9:1-3Daniel 1:12 Daniel
Children ParticipationYou are about to embark on an exciting spiritual journey and we encourage families to share and participate together. It is important to model the principle of staying in God’s Word, prayer and fasting.We do not recommend that children skip meals or drastically reduce their food intake, but modification might be an easy place to start. For example, fast from specific items such as sweets, candy, red meats or fried foods.Another great way to fast is by reducing some of the time an energy spent watching TV, playing video games and using the computer (other than for school).We suggest each child has a prayer journal and designate a cozy spot to do their devotions each day. The main thing is for families to recognize the value behind setting aside special times and disconnect from things and treats they enjoy and lean how to connect with God in a closer way.Click here is a printable calendar: LW Kids 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting Calendar with daily fasting suggestions for our children.