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Quarantine Challenge: 24-hour Friday Fasts (Thursdays 8pm – Fridays 8pm)

Why Fast?

Below are some fasting options (from Trinity Grace Church website):

LAYERS OF FASTING

Traditionally, Christian fasting is no-food, water only for a determined amount of time. However, the purpose of fasting is not intensity, but replacing ordinary bread with Christ, the bread of life. Physical hunger becomes a reminder of a deeper hunger we have—in this case hunger for God’s mercy and healing power over New York City. Across our community, there will be varying levels of experience with fasting, so below you’ll find three different layers. These are not meant as a cop-out or a challenge, but as an invitation for as many to join us as possible at whatever level feels appropriate to you.

Food Fast

We want to invite all who are able to go a full 24 hours on a no food, water only fast (have a cup of coffee or tea if you’d like). This will be challenging, but also create a deep sense of reliance on God and hunger for Him to break in. Hunger pains also help us identify with the suffering of the sick and vulnerable we are interceding for. It is healthy to be sure to drink plenty of water over the course of the fast.

Solid Food Fast

Some may choose instead to do a solid food fast, meaning they incorporate all liquids (including juices and smoothies). The removal of the comfort of solid food is a reminder to turn to God in prayer, asking for His comfort to all who are in need.

Meat Fast

Others may choose to eat solid food, but limit their meals to vegetables, fruits, and grains. Put simply, be a vegetarian for a day. This change in eating habits will be a reminder to pray for our city at each mealtime.

Some pointers

  • Commit to one intensive hour of prayer, together with people in your household if possible. Use the suggested prayer list below to guide you.
  • Set aside time for quiet personal communication with Jesus.
  • Use times of craving to set your mind and desires on Jesus. Practice breath prayers.
  • Commit your work (school, career, or house related) to Jesus as prayers.
  • If possible, reach out to someone who God lays on your heart and pray with them.
  • Avoid the temptation to fill time with distractions like social media, Netflix, etc. and instead, use down time worship, pray, meditate, etc.. This is the point!

We see God’s people praying and fasting throughout the Bible, often to cry out to God in repentance or for deliverance (eg Esther, David, Daniel, Joel, etc.), but also for personal needs (eg Hannah), for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and for the appointment and blessing of leaders (eg disciples and leaders of the early church). Here is one promise we can stand on, because God’s heart for his people today is the same as it was for his people in the time of the prophets:

Joel 2:12–13 (ESV): 12 “Yet even now,” declares the LORD,
“return to me with all your heart,
with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
13 and rend your hearts and not your garments.”
Return to the LORD your God,
for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love;
and he relents over disaster.

For verses associated with the prayers below, see the Fellowship Youth Meeting – PPT.

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