Prayer and Fasting

Prayer and Fasting Guide for Church at the Crossing

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What is Fasting?

Throughout history, followers of Jesus have participated in spiritual practice of fasting and prayer. Fasting is the abstaining from certain foods for a period of time to seek God in prayer and reflection. In Matthew chapter four, Jesus spent 40 days alone in the wilderness to fast and pray. During this period he overcame temptation, and God prepared him for his public ministry.

How do I fast?

First, choose a period of time to observe a fast. It may be a twenty-four hour period, it may be a few days, or a full week. Second, determine which food you will be going without. Some may choose to eat no food and only drink water. Others may choose to remove a delicacy or skip a daily meal, and instead of eating that meal they use that time period to pray.

How do I pray during a fast?

Below are a few prompts that you can observe during your time of fasting. It’s also recommended that you listen for God’s Spirit and hear what he may be speaking. Times of fasting have a way of sharpening our spiritual listening skills to be more open to his presence.
Why should I fast?
Fasting is not about trying to impress God with a spiritual discipline. Rather, fasting is an act of humility demonstrating our need and our great dependence on God. In other words, fasting is one way of saying, “God, in this time period, I need you more than I need this particular food.”
What considerations should I make while fasting?
Remember to observe your health and dietary needs. Each person’s body and biological needs are different, and you should never observe a type of fast that would jeopardize your health. We all have physical limits, and if you experience any sort of harmful physical effects, you should eat something and contact a doctor.



Prayer Guide:

2 Chronicles 7:14, if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
  • Take a moment to humble yourself before God.
  • Ask the Father for a humble heart and humble attitude.
Matthew 22:37-39, And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
  • Take a moment and confess to God how you have failed to love him with your whole heart.
  • Take a moment to confess to God how you have failed to love your neighbor as yourself.
1 Chronicles 7:14b,...I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
  • Allow God to speak to you about his heart for those who are suffering, hurting, and need healing. (1 minute in silence)
  • Pray that God’s love and power will bring healing and hope to our city.
  • Pray that God will heal the sick in our community.
2 Corinthians 5:17-20,
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
  • Thank God for reconciling you to himself through Jesus.
  • Reflect on how the Father has forgiven you and given you new life in Jesus.
  • Ask the Father to show you who needs to be reconciled to him.
  • Pray for the lost and those who are far from the Father to be saved and reconciled to him.

2 Chronicles 7:14, if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
  • End this time of prayer thanking God for his love and power, and ask him to draw your heart closer to his heart during this season.