Fasting creates an opportunity to be consumed in the things of Jesus’ rather than the things of this world. Instead of giving time to our daily distractions – food, social media, or TV – we immerse ourselves in worship, prayer, and Bible study.
Below are a few types of fasts to help you decide which is right for you.
The Daniel Fast
The contemporary Daniel Fasts mirror what’s mentioned in Scripture (Daniel 10:2-3). In the Daniel Fast, we put aside our desires of foods and drinks and turn our attention towards Christ. The Daniel Fast recommends only eating:
- Fruits, vegetables and legumes
- Whole grains, nuts and seeds
- Herbs and spices
For more detailed instructions, check out http://daniel-fast.com/portfolio/foodlist/
Partial or Selective Fast
A Partial Fast involves a period of fasting or not eating food for specific times in the day. For example, you can skip breakfast each day or decide to not eat solid food from sunrise to sunset (6am – 4pm). A Selective Fast involves removing elements of your diet like sugar, caffeine, and fast-food, sweets and meats from your diet.
This fast can be a great alternative to fasting food if you’re not able to do so due to your health or dietary needs. The Soul Fast is a good way to refocus certain areas of your life that are out of balance. For example, you might take a break from all social media or Netflix and use that time to read and talk with God.
Whatever fast you choose, do it as a sign of surrender to God for this next year of your life. As you stay disciplined and focused on Jesus throughout these next 2 weeks, we know He will move mightily in your life.
Join us each week night to pray and worship together during these 2 weeks of fasting. All campuses will be meeting at 7pm at New Life’s Smithfield Campus from January 15th – January 26th. Childcare is provided. Find more details: atnewlife.com/prayerandfasting