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The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out. It also enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all the good things God desires to bring into our lives. 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.
Clovis Christian Church leadership is encouraging its members to participate in a 21 day Daniel Fast to strengthen our faith in the new year. If the Daniel fast is not right for you, feel free to choose one of the other fasting options below. Remember, the point of fasting is to give up something in order to seek God more fully.
SELECTIVE FAST (DANIEL FAST)
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, and bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food. For details of the Daniel Fast, as well as recipes and other resources visit daniel-fast.com.
In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.
Warning: Do not attempt this type of fast without consulting your doctor, if you have certain health problems, or are pregnant.
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 a great option if you do not have much experience fasting food, 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.
Matthew 4:1-4, Matthew 6:17-18, Matthew 17:14-20, Joel 1:14 and 2:12, Exodus 34:28, Acts 13:2-3,
Acts 14:23, Isaiah 58, Psalm 51 & 139, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Jeremiah 29: 10-14, Matthew 5-7,
Luke 10:38-42, Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, Galatians 5:16-26