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ALL CHURCH FAST

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

We would love for you to join our All Church Fast from Sunday evening, January 22, through Tuesday evening, January 24! Each night of the fast (Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday) from 6:45-7:45 pm we will meet at the OneLife building to worship God and to pray together.

SEEK WEEK

Leading up to and through the All Church Fast, we will be seeking God as a community morning, noon, and night. Seek Week starts Wednesday, January 18, and continues through Tuesday, January 24,

WHAT WE BELIEVE

Fasting is a practice intended to draw us near to God. Simply defined, It is abstaining from food for spiritual purposes. When asked about fasting in the New Testament, Jesus said,

Luke 5:34-35
"Can you make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast
in those days."

Jesus is the bridegroom, and while he was present with His disciples on earth, they did not fast. However, we now live in the days Jesus mentioned where He is not physically present with us, and therefore we fast. We fast because we long to be with the bridegroom. We don't want to settle for anything less. Abstaining from food for a set period of time is a declaration that Jesus alone satisfies and sustains our souls. Although He is not physically present with us, He is present to us in an even more powerful way through the Holy Spirit. Abstaining from food helps free us from distractions and feast on all that Jesus is for us.

FAST OPTIONS

Here are a few options to consider for how you might fast:

Water Only Fast
The water only fast means abstaining from all food and drink except water. It is the most strict fast we recommend. Some people may also choose to drink black coffee and/or tea.

Juice and/or Broth Fast
The juice and/or broth fast means abstaining from solid food (and shakes, smoothies, etc…) and only consuming liquids like water, juice, and broth. You may choose to limit how much juice/broth you drink to help train your body towards a water only fast.

Intermittent Fast
The intermittent fast means abstaining from food for extended times during the day, and then breaking the fast to eat a small meal. This is a great starting point if you’ve never fasted before and can help you grow towards a juice or water only fast in the future.

Technology Fast
Considering the amount of technology we use and media we consume each day, you may choose to fast from all or most technology usage (i.e. TV, internet, social media, etc…). It is a good idea to limit technology usage at some level during any type of fast. However, if you choose to fast from technology, we recommend also including some form of food and/or drink fast since this is the primary way Scripture instructs us to fast.

“[Fasting] is a desperate measure, for desperate times, among those who know themselves desperate for God.”
- David Mathis