Our fast begins January 20 at 8p and concludes on the evening of January 30 at 8p. On January 30, we will celebrate with communion and a night of prayer and worship from 7-8p. Food trucks will be on site so we can break the fast together at the conclusion of the prayer and worship time.
Our fast will take two different forms this year:
- You can do a fast based on Daniel’s fast found in Daniel 1:12-13. We learn there that Daniel took a diet of vegetables (which includes fruits and grains) and water. During this fast we will use www.daniel-fast.com as one resource for “what to eat and what not to eat.” This website suggests only water, but juices, natural teas, and decaf coffee are allowable. Also, this diet allows fruits, nuts, whole grains and rice and unleavened breads. For the most part, the no-no’s are meat, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, sugar, other sweets and leaven breads.
- The other option is to fast completely (consuming water only) for three of the ten days. Fasting for a day means fasting for 24 consecutive hours, typically one evening to the next evening. The first two fast days can be any of the ten days with the third day on January 30. That way everyone is fasting that day and breaking the fast together.
Fasting is a time of sacrifice and a way to clear our hearts and minds as we rely on the Lord. Please use the scripture below to help focus your prayer time over these 10 days:
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 who are without a family (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 redemptive plan for Phoenix (1 Peter 2:9-12)
DAY 10: Thank God for Jesus (John 3:16)
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