Why do we Pray and Fast?

WHAT IS FASTING?

Fasting is voluntarily going without food or anything regularly enjoyed for the sake of a Spiritual purpose.

 

WHY DO WE FAST?

 

Fasting is a sign of obedience

In Matthew 6:16, Jesus says “when you fast” not “if” you fast, so we know that it is a spiritual discipline that Jesus expects His followers to partake in.

 

Fasting disconnects us from the world and reconnects us to God

And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him.” Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.” And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”
Matthew 17:14-21 NKJV

 

Simply put, being perverse is being connected to the things of the world not the things of God. This then disconnects us from God. BUT through prayer and fasting we can become connected to God. The disciples could not take authority over the demon because they were connecting to the things of the world instead of to the things of God.

 

It is very important to note that fasting is not done to make you suffer. It’s to disconnect you from worldly things, that ultimately take you away from God and his purposes and cause you to suffer.

 

RECONNECTING WITH GOD

Whenever you give in to the desires of this world, you lose your dominion (authority) over it. Adam & Eve were called to have dominion (to rule the earth and have authority) but as soon as they fed THEIR natural fleshy appetite, they took a bite of the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and lost all dominion.

 

If you want to get your dominion back here on earth, you need to disconnect from the world from time to time. This will allow you to maintain your authority.

 

 

WHEN DO WE FAST?

As a church, we partake in 2 communal fasts per year where we disconnect from the world via fasting and connect with God through prayer. We believe this will cause us to have a powerful church that does things beyond its ability as God moves on our behalf.

 

WHAT SHOULD WE FAST?

As human being we consist of body, soul and spirit. If you are dominated by your body, fasting food will draw you nearer to God. If you are soul dominated, spending time alone in God’s presence or fasting social media will draw you nearer to God.

 

 

Whilst we fast food, as you feel that physical hunger, let it represent your hunger for God and His purposes being fulfilled in your life.

If you fast social media, as you miss that connection with other people let it become a craving to be in God’s presence and let your connection with God be strengthened.

 

We fast not to get things that WE want, but rather to get to know what GOD wants to do in and through our lives.

 

This is an exciting time of breakthrough and increased intimacy with God, so let’s be expectant as we trust God to do awesome, supernatural things in our lives, our church and our community!

FASTING FOR KIDS

In Matthew 6:16 Jesus gives some instruction on fasting. Verse 16 starts with, “When you fast…” not “If you fast…” That would say that it’s something we are to do, it’s not just for adults, it’s for anyone who is a believer. No matter if you are a kid or a parent. So we have resource available for you to teach your kids about fasting and help them choose things they can fast every day.

 

Additional Resource

10-Day Reading Plan

For anyone who wants to make room for God, I have just the thing for you! The Daniel Fast changed my life, and I’ve watched everyone who has really engaged in this fast receive something great from God! Get ready to plug into Him and watch God create life change!

The Prayer Course

The Prayer Course is a journey through the Lord’s Prayer that will help you grow and deepen your prayer life. It is divided into 8 sessions where Pete Greig give very practical steps to help you understand the importance of prayer and explore ways to enjoy God’s presence.

5 Days To Pray And Fast

Through this 5-day plan you will learn two great aspects of being a follower of Christ, which are prayer and fasting. Jesus teaches us through His Word how to pray and build true intimacy with the Father.