The collective goal of this fast is to renew and strengthen the NEW MAN, one that is
“Righteous, Truthful, Healthy and Holy”
Biblical Accounts of Fasting
·Moses fasted for forty days and forty nights, twice back-to-back, without food or water; the first, immediately before he received the tablets on the mountain with God
·King David fasted when the son of his adulterous union with Bathsheba was struck sick by God.
·King Jehoshaphat proclaimed a fast throughout Judah for victory over the Moabites and Ammonites who were attacking them (2 Chronicles 20:1-28)
·The prophet Joel called for a fast to avert the judgment of God.
·The people of Nineveh, in response to Jonah's prophecy, fasted to avert the judgment of God.
·The Jews of Persia, following Mordechai's example, fasted because of the genocidal decree of Haman.
·Queen Esther declared a three-day fast for all the Jews prior to risking her life in visiting King Ahasuerus.
·Saul, later Paul, did not eat or drink anything for three days after he converted on the road to Damascus.
·Jesus fasted for forty days and forty nights while in the desert, being tempted by Satan to turn stones into bread and eat them, among other temptations. (Matthew 4:2, Luke 4:2).
·The prophetess Anna, who proclaimed the baby Jesus to be the Messiah, prayed and fasted regularly in the Temple (Luke 2:37).
·Jesus teaches on the outward appearance and demeanor of a fasting person (Matthew 6:16). It is also an assumed action of the believer (see: "And when you pray..." Matthew 6:5 - "When you fast..." Matthew 6:16)
·The church in Antioch were worshipping the Lord and fasting when the Holy Spirit told them to send Barnabas and Saul for work (Acts 13:2).
·Paul and Barnabas appointed elders with prayer and fasting (Acts 14:23).
Biblical Teaching on Fasting
·The prophet Isaiah chastised the Israelites in Isaiah 58 for the unrighteous methods and motives of their fasting. He clarified some of the best reasons for fasting and listed both physical and spiritual benefits that would result (Isaiah 58:3-13).
·Jesus warned his followers against fasting only to make others admire them. He provided practical steps on how to fast in private. (Matthew 6:16–18).·The Pharisees in Jesus' time fasted regularly and asked Jesus why his disciples did not. Jesus answered them using a parable
Week of the Daniel Fast January 1-6, 2018
During the Daniel fast we restrict our diets to fruits and vegetables as Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah did in captivity to the King of Babylon. Daniel purposed in his heart not to defile himself with the king's delicacies and wine (Daniel 1:8). In the same way, we limit our diet during this fast in dedication to purify soul and body for spiritual growth. We encourage each person to study Daniel during this time and seek God on the plans and purposes ahead of us individually and corporately in the body for 2018.
Tuesday: The Mind
I Samuel 1:7
And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the LORD, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat.
Wednesday: The Soul
When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach. I made sackcloth also my garment; and I became a proverb to them. They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards. But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O LORD, in an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation.
Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.
Thursday: The Body
But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king's meat.
Friday: Our Hands
Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
Saturday: Our Intentions
1 Chronicles 28:9
And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.
Week of the Jesus Fast January 8-13, 2018
During the week of our Jesus Fast we will focus on the fast of these Biblical Personalities
The Queen Esther Fast (Esther 4:1-17)
Queen Esther fasted and prayed with her people so that she could go before the king to spare the lives of the Jews from the deadly intentions of Haman.
The King Jehoshaphat Fast (2 Chron. 20:1-28)
King Jehoshaphat proclaimed a fast throughout Judah for victory over the Moabites and Ammonites who were attacking them.
The Joel Fast (Joel 1:13-2:31)
The prophet Joel called for a fast to avert the judgment of God. The people of Nineveh, in response to Jonah's prophecy, fasted to avert the judgment of God (Jonah 3:4-10).
The Jesus Fast (Matthew 4:2-11, 1-13, Luke 4:2)
Jesus fasted for forty days and forty nights while in the desert, being tempted by Satan to turn stones into bread and eat them, among other temptations.
The Nehemiah Fast (Neh. 9:1-38)
Nehemiah fasted to repent of the past and to renew to the present covenant that Israel had with God.
Fasting is a time of spiritual renewal. We sacrifice meals and meal times putting our bodies into submission for the sake of spiritual growth. We spend time, especially meal times, reading the Bible, in prayer, and listening in quiet meditation. We begin this year in fasting and our aim in 2018 is to win the lost. Below are daily scripture readings we will focus on as the body. Please unite with us in fasting. As you spend time in the word, prayer, and meditation write down your thoughts and reflections.