Breakthrough

Breakthrough

Prayer/Fasting 2018

21 Day Fast

January 7th-28th

 

 

As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
My tears have been my food
day and night,
while people say to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”

-Psalm 42:1-3 (NIV)

 

BREAKTHROUGH

If you seek a closer walk with God, consider fasting.  If you are in desperate need of a breakthrough, fast.  If you desire an access and an intimacy with God like you have never known, fast.  The list of biblical characters who fasted reads as follows: Moses the lawgiver, David the king, Elijah the prophet, Esther the queen, Daniel the advisor to the kings, Anna the prophetess, Paul the apostle, and Jesus Christ the personified Son of God.  All of these and more fasted, and some more than once.

Throughout scripture, fasting refers to abstaining from food, and sometimes food and drink, for spiritual purposes.  Fasting is more than just going without food; it involves spiritual intensity and intercession.  Fasting should always be accompanied with prayer, worship, and Bible study.  Fasting is not just eliminating food, but utilizing the time that it takes to sit down and have a meal or snack to dedicate it to God for the sole purpose of breakthrough.  We believe that there is strength and encouragement when we fast in community.

Fasting should never be motivated by thinking that fasting will move God to do what we want Him to do and on our terms.  He is not a God of “our terms” and we could never manipulate God.  The purpose of our fasting is to move “us” closer “to” God and to seek His will in our lives.

One of the greatest spiritual benefits of fasting is becoming more aware of our own inadequacies and God’s adequacy; becoming more aware of our own failings and his self-sufficiency.  The purpose of all disciplines, including fasting, is to change us so that we may become more Christ-like.  Fasting helps us to listen to what God wants us to be and do and it opens doors we could never open without the anointing that fasting brings.

So, having said all that, you may be asking yourself…”What kind of fast should I do?”  Let us be clear from the outset, it is always best to consult with your physician prior to starting a food fast of any kind, and especially if you are taking medication or under the care of a doctor for any kind of ailment.

In this guide is many suggestions for various types of fasts that you can do.  The key is to “make this personal” – this is between you and God.  If the fast you choose is for a day, 3 days, 7 days, or the full 21 days, do what God tells you to do!!   Make the prayer time personal too.  There are no 7 day plans we want you to follow.  We want you to hear from God in your prayer time.  Stretch yourself this year!

The key to a successful fast is deciding what you will do, why you are doing it, writing out a plan, and putting it in front of you!  Whatever type of fast you choose, God will honor your sacrifice.  HE WILL DO AMAZING THINGS IN YOUR LIFE!!

We have entitled this year’s fast – BREAKTHROUGH!  We truly believe that as we pant after God the way the Psalmists portrays the deer panting for water, GOD will enable us to BREAKTHROUGH any hindrance, limitation or barrier that is standing in our way!

God Bless you as we BREAKTHROUGH together as we fast and pray this year!

Pastors Ted and Tracie Kiger

 

 FASTING BASICS

Simply stated, biblical fasting is refraining from food for a spiritual purpose.  According to the Bible, there are three duties of every Christian: give, pray and fast.

Biblical fasting takes a lot of discipline and strength—strength which you can only receive from God. Your private discipline will bring you rewards in Heaven, says Matthew 6.

When you give God your first through fasting, prayer and giving at the beginning of the year, you set the course for the entire year.

 

Why should I fast?

  • Are you in need of healing or a miracle?
  • Do you need the tender touch of God in your life?
  • Is there a dream inside you that only He can make possible?
  • Are you in need of a fresh encounter?
  • Do you desire a deeper, more intimate and powerful relationship with the Lord?
  • Are you ready to have heightened sensitivity to the desires of God?
  • Do you need to break away from bondages that have been holding you hostage?
  • Is there a friend or loved one that needs Salvation?
  • Do you desire to know God’s will for your life?

 

BIBLICAL FASTING FOCUS

 

ROMANS 12:1 – “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.”

 

MATTHEW 6:33“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

 

ISAIAH 58:6“[Is] not this the fast that I have chosen to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?”

 

Ezra 8:23“So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and He answered our prayer.”

 

 

TYPES OF FASTS

Choose a “FAST” guided by the Holy Spirit to equip you to “BREAKTHROUGH” this year!

 

Full Fast

Drink only liquids (you establish the number of days).

 

The Daniel Fast – Most popular choice

Eat no meat, no sweets and no bread.  Drink water and juice.  Eat fruits and vegetables.  Eat nothing with refined flour or yeast.  Nuts and whole grains are OK.  (Google Daniel fast for more ideas).

 

3 – Day Fast

This type of fast can be a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.

 

Partial Fast

A partial fast is from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm or from Sun-up to Sun down.  You can select from the 3 types of fasting; Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.

 

The Power-Up Progressive Fast

  • Week 1 – No meat, sweets or soda
  • Week 2 – Vegetables and juice only
  • Week 3 – Liquids only (juicing).

 

FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN:

Are encouraged to participate in some aspect of the fast.  Please be careful to speak to your children and have them be part of the decision process on what to fast as a family and the significance of the fast.

 

Key Point:

Please don’t make this about food!  You are fasting for spiritual gain, not physical loss!  Plan to take some extra time doing a family devotional together or something to make this a meaningful time for the family rather than focusing on what we are giving up!