Prayer and Fasting


September 11th - September 15th
Our campuses will be open all day starting at 8:30am Monday-Friday and finishing with a time of corporate prayer from 6:00PM-7:00PM.

Fasting is not a diet.

Fasting is not merely about going without food for a period of time. That is just self-deprivation. Removing food without adding a spiritual component will result in a shrinking waist and faith.

Fasting is not starving yourself for God’s attention.

Fasting is not a way to manipulate God, which we couldn’t do even if we wanted. Fasting does not make God do something that is not his plan. Fasting gets you ready to receive God’s plan. We fast and pray for results, but those results are in God’s hands.

Fasting is not only for crisis moments.

Fasting is not only a reaction to a need. It is a discipline needed to experience new levels of relationship and intimacy with God. Fasting and prayer can restore the loss of the ‘first love’ for Jesus and, when done with the right focus, will result in a more intimate relationship with Christ.

What is fasting?

The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God.

Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distraction for a spiritual purpose; It’s like hitting the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out. Fasting will not be fruitful without intentional prayer.

Fasting is refraining from food for a spiritual purpose.

It’s not about what we lose in food, but what we gain in relationship with God. It is the practice of deliberately and voluntarily abstaining from nourishment for a set time bringing supernatural power to our prayers.

Scriptures on Fasting.

-Ezra 8:21-23- Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from him a safe journey for ourselves, our children, and all our goods.For I was ashamed to ask the king for a band of soldiers and horsemen to protect us against the enemy on our way, since we had told the king, “The hand of our God is for good on all who seek him, and the power of his wrath is against all who forsake him.” So we fasted and implored our God for this, and he listened to our entreaty.

-Jonah 3:6-10- The word reached the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he issued a proclamation and published through Nineveh, “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything. Let them not feed or drink water, but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and let them call out mightily to God. Let everyone turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. Who knows? God may turn and relent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish.” When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.

-Joel 2:12-17-“Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; 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. Who knows whether he will not turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind him, a grain offering and a drink offering for the Lord your God? Blow the trumpet in Zion; consecrate a fast; call a solemn assembly; gather the people. Consecrate the congregation; assemble the elders; gather the children, even nursing infants. Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her chamber. Between the vestibule and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep and say, “Spare your people, O Lord, and make not your heritage a reproach, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’”


-Mark 9:28b-29-…his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast [the spirit] out?” And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.” [Some manuscripts add, “and fasting”.]

-Isaiah 58: 6-14- No, this is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free and remove the chains that bind people. Share your food with the hungry and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help. Then your salvation will come like the dawn, and your wounds will quickly heal. Your godliness will lead you forward, and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind. Then when you call, the Lord will answer. ‘Yes, I am here,’ he will quickly reply. “Remove the heavy yoke of oppression. Stop pointing your finger and spreading vicious rumors! Feed the hungry and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring. Some of you will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities. Then you will be known as a rebuilder of walls and a restorer of homes. “Keep the Sabbath day holy. Don’t pursue your own interests on that day, but enjoy the Sabbath and speak of it with delight as the Lord’s holy day. Honor the Sabbath in everything you do on that day, and don’t follow your own desires or talk idly. Then the Lord will be your delight. I will give you great honor and satisfy you with the inheritance I promised to your ancestor Jacob. I, the Lord, have spoken!”

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