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Prayer & Fasting

At JMC, we have made it a priority to seek God first in prayer & fasting. We do this collectively as a church in January (and other times throughout the year) through 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting. We want to kick off the year by being intentional, as it begins a new season for the church. Together as a church, we seek God first, trusting in Him to create a lasting impact in our lives and our church.

Fasting

The goal of fasting is to draw closer to God. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions and sacrificing for a spiritual purpose. It also enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all the good things God desires to bring into our lives. Remember, your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your body, your options, and, most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.

TYPES OF FASTS

  • COMPLETE FAST
  • This fast calls for drinking only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.

  • SELECTIVE FAST
  • This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during

    which you remove meat, sweets, or bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables

    for food.

  • PARTIAL FAST
  • This fast is sometimes called the Jewish Fast and involves abstaining from eating any type of food in the morning and

    afternoon. This can either correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown.

  • SOUL FAST
  • This fast is common for those who do not have much experience fasting food, who have health issues that prevent them

    from fasting food, or who wish to refocus certain areas of their life that are out of balance. For instance, someone might

    select to abstain from using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast, and then choose to carefully

    bring that element back into their life in an orderly fashion at the conclusion of the fast.

    TIMING OF A FAST

    At JMC, we encourage fasting for 21 days each year in the month of January. This is part of a season of focused prayer as a church family. You may also choose to fast at other times during the year for your own spiritual development. It’s very typical to fast a single meal, a whole day, or three days or more. The timing of your fast is not as important as the strength of your focus on Him as you fast.

    Scripture References:

    Matthew 6:16-18

    Matthew 9:14-15

    Luke 18:9-14

    Acts 27:33-37

    Nehemiah 9:1-3

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