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Be Still

 Prayer and Fasting

21 DAY FAST 2023
FEBRUARY 19 – March 12

At Connection Point Church, we believe in the power of prayer and fasting. As we take this 21-day journey as a church family together, our staff has written a devotional to help you meditate on various areas of life. Please feel free to use the Be Still devotional guide during your time of fasting and prayer. 

What is Fasting?

To ‘fast’ is to abstain from something, typically food or drink, for a period of time. In the New Testament, the word used for fasting means “one who is empty.” 

Fasting isn’t a hunger strike between you and God. It can be easy to think of fasting as a way to add an extra oomph to your prayers. But true biblical fasting isn’t so much about how God responds to your prayers: it’s more about how you bring your prayers to Him.

As you join with the rest of your CPC family through prayer and fasting, pray that God reveals His Spirit to you. Remember, God isn’t interested in how you fast, but instead in why you are fasting. 

The type of fast and length of your fast is between you and God. If you cannot fast from food for physical or medical reasons, in that case, there are other ways to fast effectively. 

Let’s humble ourselves before our Heavenly Father and pursue Him. 

James 4:8a—Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.

What Type of Fast is Right for Me?

Food Fasts:

1. A Complete Fast: A complete fast means drinking only water or sometimes juice when fasting for an extended period. Juice fasts will provide you with more energy than water-only fasts and still lead you into the humbling experience of denying your desire for solid food. It is best to select this type of fast for a short amount of time, such as 1 to 3 days maximum. It is always good to consult with your doctor to ensure that this fast is right for you. 

2. A Partial Fast: in the book of Daniel. For three weeks, Daniel, who was a prophet when Israel lived in exile, abstained only from “delicacies” like meat and wine (Daniel 10:3) also know as a Daniel fast. You can also select a specific meal of the day, a particular type of food, or even a certain amount of time of the day. 

3. Liquid Protein Fast: substitute all food for liquid protein drinks. Continue drinking water and juice. 

If you are new to fasting, start slow. Progressive steps help your body become accustomed to the drop in food intake. You can begin by fasting for one meal a day, one day a week, or one week a month.

Non-Food Fasts: 

1. Television/Netflix/Disney+: Do you find yourself binging on whole seasons of shows or constantly watching your favorite shows throughout the week? Sometimes TV can be a distraction, and you can become so focused on your programs that you neglect other areas of your life, such as your faith. If giving up television is a challenge for you, this may be the right fast.

2. Activities: What consumes a lot of your time? Maybe you spend a lot of time playing video games (cell phone games count too), hanging out with friends, shopping (in-store or online), golf, and event negative self-talk or gossip. 

3. Social Media: Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram are a significant part of daily life whether we want to admit it or not. Most check into their accounts several times a day. By banning these sites for yourself, you can get back time to devote to your faith and your connection to God.

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