Fasting is a time of sacrifice and a way to clear our hearts and minds, as we rely on the Lord.
Our fast begins January 19 at 8:00pm and concludes on the evening of January 29 at 8:00pm. On January 29, we will celebrate with communion and a night of prayer and worship from 7-8pm. Afterwards, food trucks will be on-site, so we can break the fast together.
Our fast will take two different forms this year:
This option is based on Daniel’s fast found in Daniel 1:12-13. There we learn that he took a diet of vegetables, fruits, grains, and water.
Using the scripture in Daniel and the website daniel-fast.com, we created a guide of what to eat and not to eat:
Eat: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, oils, water, decaf coffee, natural teas, juices
Do Not Eat: meat, dairy, caffeine, sugar, alcohol, sweets, sweeteners, leaven breads
This option is a fast that is water only for three of the ten days. Fasting for a day means going without food for 24 consecutive hours, typically one evening to the next evening. The first two days can be any of the ten days, but everyone should fast on the final day, January 29, in order for all of us to break the fast together with communion.
DAILY PRAYER FOCUS
Day 1: Pray for gratitude (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18)
Day 2: Pray for a friend, family member, or neighbor (Luke 10:25-37)
Day 3: Pray for justice for all people (Psalm 103:6)
Day 4: Pray for the vulnerable children without families (James 1:27)
Day 5: Ask God to give you His heart for all people (Ezekiel 11:19)
Day 6: Ask God to show you His plan for your work or school life (Romans 12:1)
Day 7: Pray for families (Ephesians 5:22-33; 6:1-4)
Day 8: Thank God for His Church (Matthew 16:18)
Day 9: Pray for New City Church & our part in God’s plan for Phoenix (1 Peter 2:9-12)
Day 10: Thank God for Jesus (John 3:16)