ALL IN – 21 DAYS OF PRAYER AND FASTING
Join Thrive Church as we enter into a 21-day fast January 5-26, 2014.
We are excited to seek out the face of God together as a church at the start of 2014 with 21-days of prayer and fasting. We welcome and encourage you to participate. During this time, we will position ourselves to fervently seek God’s wisdom and guidance for: our lives, marriages, relationships, families, children, finances, church and careers. As we are intentional to set more time aside to be with God by praying and reading the Bible, we believe in great faith that God will give clarity, vision and direction for our future. As the Bible says in Matthew 7:7 (NKJV), “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
When is Thrive fasting?
January 5-26, 2014
What is a fast?
Fasting is a Christian discipline that you can read about throughout the old and new testament. It is a time in which you refrain from food and/or drinks for a designated time to focus on pressing into God. Fasting is more than just giving something up; it’s about seeking God. It’s not about legalism, it’s about positioning yourself to hear God. Fasting is not a requirement, but most definitely a choice. The Bible talks about many different types of fasts — some for a day, 3 days, 7 days and some for a full 40 days. The important thing to remember while fasting is that as you give up and sacrifice certain things, you are spending more time in prayer and in the Bible. In his fasting books, Pastor Jentezen Franklin says that fasting without prayer is simply dieting.
What type of fast is Thrive calling?
Thrive will be participating in a Daniel fast. In Daniel 10:2-4 (NKJV) it states, “In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.” Using this verse as the foundation for the fast, we will be refraining from sweets (pleasant food), meat, and our favorite drink (coffee, soda, etc).
Must I do this exactly as called for to participate?
We invite you to simply join us in the time of prayer and fasting. You may modify this fast as you feel necessary. (For example: women that are pregnant or individuals with health concerns may have strict diets to follow, but they may choose to fast from television or electronics, or social media etc., while others may choose to take the Daniel fast further and may have no sweets, no meat and only water).
How can I learn more about fasting?
Jentezen Franklin, a well-known Pastor and New York Times best-selling author, has published two great books about prayer and fasting. These resources are titled: “Fasting” and “The Fasting Edge.” They are great tools to read throughout your fasting journey and to have as a guide!
Where can I find recipes to use during this fast?
Take a look at this page.
What if I forget or unintentionally break the fast?
Again, we don’t want to be legalistic. We encourage you to simply continue on. Do not give up! The reward of hearing God speak and getting clear direction far outweighs the small sacrifice of our fast. Press in and finish well! You aren’t alone but are surrounded by many others that are on this same journey with you.
How will I hear God speak?
God can speak to us in many different ways: through the Bible, prayer, the Holy Spirit, our church, Pastor and circumstances. In a fast, as you get hungry or crave what you have given up, simply pray, read your Bible or listen to worship music.
As you are intentional to talk with God in prayer, be sure to listen for that small, still voice. Note that when God speaks, it ALWAYS aligns with His Word, the Bible. When you are reading your Bible, verses may jump of the page, pierce your heart and address particular things you have been praying about. As you worship, you may sense the presence of God. When you are at Thrive, the messages may be as if they are reading your mail and speaking directly to you. Be sensitive to the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit. Jeremiah 29:13 (NKJV) says, “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”