Corporate Prayer & Fast

 

 

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land”       2 Chron. 7:14  

Lighthouse Christian Fellowship

January 14 - 20, 2018 - Week Of Prayer And Fasting

Sat. January 13, 10:00 AM - Orientation on Fasting for Spiritual Purposes

TOPICS

Δ                       LCF Corporate Prayer and Fast - Overview

Δ                       2018 Agenda

Δ                       Biblical Fasts / Types of Fasts

Δ                       What to expect during Fast/Recomendations

Δ                       Other Resources

 

LCF CORPORATE PARAYER AND FASTING

 

†          In alignment with the Assemblies of God, LCF dedicates a week in January for Corporate Prayer

Assemblies of God Reference: Week Of Prayer

†         For the past few years, LCF has had corporate fasts with participants fasting as many as 21 days

†         This year, we are aligning fully the corporate fasting period to the Week of Prayer (though participants can choose to fast for shorter or longer periods, based on Spirit’s leading)

†         Prayer and Fasting together make for a powerful combination

†         Fasting of the things of this world to clear our minds / enhance our abilities to hear from God

†         Praying according to God’s will – Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done

CORPORATE PARAYER AND FAST LCF ACTIVITIES

 Date

 Time

 Prayer Focus

 Sunday, Jan 14 5:00 PM Spiritual Renewal
 Monday, Jan 15 7:00 PM Humble Yourselves
 Tuesday, Jan 16 7:00 PM Praying Through
Wednesday, Jan 17 7:00 PM Repent & Turn
Thursday, Jan 18 7:00 PM Hear from Heaven
Friday, Jan 19 7:00 PM Restore Our Land
Saturday, Jan 20 5:00 PM  Praying Continually

 

BIBLICAL FASTS- EXAMPLES OF CORPORATE FASTING

 

†         3-Day fast (Esther 4:16)

  •        Seeking God’s favor in time of crisis

†        1 Day fast (Judges 20)

  •   Seeking victory (facing battle)

†        Undetermined Periods

  • Seeking God’s Guidance (Acts 13:2)
  •  Avert God’s Judgement (Jonah 3: 5)

TYPES OF FASTS

In the Bible, fasting always includes restriction of food intake and is associated with a time of seeking God

†    Full Fast : Only water / no solids or juices

†    The Daniel Fast : Vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts/seeds, legumes, water

†    Partial Fast :

                  ‡  One meal a day

                  ‡  Omitting one type of food

                  ‡  Combination of any of the above

How do I determine what/how to fast?

 

†         Pray / Ask God for guidance - we fast onto God, not onto ourselves

†         First Timers – start small, it is not a ‘showing of human strength’, rather a humbling before our God. Be mindful of your medical conditions that may be impacted by food restriction / contact your physician for guidance.

†         A simple model is the Daniel Fast

†        Reference LCF’s Daniel Fast Cookbook for easy recipes and a Week’s suggested plan

†         Don’t stress if unable to stay on track – don’t give up, just start again

†         Find a partner to be accountable & pray with during the time of fasting

What to Expect During Fast - Physical Aspects

 

†         Stage 1 – Detoxification/Switching Energy Sources

†         Elimination of toxins

†         Switching from using blood glucose to burning fat for fuel/energy

†         May experience temporary discomfort, irritability, headaches, coated tongue, etc.

†         Last only a few days (1-3 days)

†         Stage 2 – Normal Fasting Stage

†         Hunger pains subside though cravings may still be present

†         Levels of energy may vary

†         General Recommendations

†         Drink plenty of fluids – specially water

†         Limit strenuous activity and exercise moderately

†         Rest/Sleep

†         Plan for times you know will be tough (e.g., prayer walks, praying with partner, reading the Word, doing an act of service, etc.)

†         Keep a Diary – to record your times with the Lord / what the Lord is impressing on your heart / prayer requests, etc.

What to Expect During Fast - Spiritual Aspects

 

†         Obstacles:

†         The flesh will fight back – King Stomach wants to stay on the throne

†         The enemy may try to distract, discourage or present obstacles/aggravate situations

†         But the Blessing:

†         Deep communion with God/New revelations (Is 45:3)

†         He loves it when we humble ourselves before Him, when we make Him FIRST in our lives

†         Law of the first fruits

†         Proverbs 3:9-10 ESV: Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the first fruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.

†         General Recommendations

†         Reasons for fasting should be compelling

†         Get away from distractions as much as possible (e.g., TV, games, social media, etc.)

†         Participate in the church’s prayer session activities / pray with another participant

†         Keep a journal of prayers, new revelations/insights into God’s Word. Read entries each day

Other Resources

 

†         LCF Daniel Fast Cookbook (contact LCF office for details)

†         LCF January 14, 2018 Sermon – Tapping into God’s Power through Fasting

Articles on Fasting and Praying: