WEEK OF PRAYER AND FASTING


We have an exciting Sunday coming up on January 16th that is going to launch us into a new vision and direction for our church. We want to be ready to be used by God and to hear from Him during this time, so, we have something special we’d like you to be a part of.


We are going to be doing a church-wide fast that will start Monday, January 10th and go until Sunday, January 16th. During this fast, we are asking our church family to not eat, and to put more focus on God for at least one to seven of those days. We ask that you take some time before Sunday to think and pray about what this week of fasting will look like for you. This Sunday, we will take a few minutes in our service to fill out a commitment card that will specify how many days you plan on fasting.


Also, with Sunday the 16th being the last day of our fast, we are having a special night of prayer from 5-6pm that we strongly encourage you to join us for. Then after prayer, at 6pm, we are all going to celebrate by having a church family meal to break the fast together. ***The prayer meeting and the meal will be happening at both our Sauk Centre and Long Prairie locations.

WHAT IS FASTING?

Fasting is a spiritual discipline where we deliberately abstain or reduce our intake of physical gratification, most commonly food, to focus more on God.


"When you give up eating, don't put on a sad face like the hypocrites. 

They make their faces look sad to show people they are giving up eating. 

I tell you the truth, those hypocrites already have their full reward. 

So when you give up eating, comb your hair and wash your face. 

Then people will not know that you are giving up eating, 

but your Father, whom you cannot see, will see you. 

Your Father sees what is done in secret, and he will reward you." 

Matthew 6:16-18

Why is Fasting IMportant?

When we fast, we are humbling ourselves before God to show Him that He is more important than earthly desires. Fasting empties us of the worlds influences to make more room for God. Fasting is also partnered with extra amounts of prayer to hear from God about a certain concern and/or petitioning God to move in a specific area of your life.

WHAT DO I FAST?

There are different kinds of fasts that can bring us closer to God. You can do one of these for the entire 10 days, do different fast for different amounts of times, or do multiple types of fasts at the same time. We want you to pray and ask God what type of fasting you should do during this 7 day period. 

DIFFERENT TYPES OF FASTS

-Complete Fast: Many times in the Bible, people completely abstain from any food for a certain amount of time, only drinking water.

-Partial Fast: You can also abstain from certain foods or food groups. For example, you may want to fast anything with sugar, or maybe you fast meat all together.

-Media Fast: In today's culture, technology takes up so much of our time. On top of abstaining from food, this may be a time to unplug as well and pray instead of spending time on social media or watching tv. 

-Daniel Fast: In Daniel chapter 10, we see Daniel refrain from any pleasant foods (meat, bread, and sugar) to hear from God.

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