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Fasting Resources

What is Biblical fasting?

It is denying yourself food for the purpose of prayer and to focus on Christ. You should always do it...

In humility

So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes. (Daniel 9:3)

In secret

So that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Matthew 6:18)

When making important decisions

While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” (Acts 13:2)

In response to a specific need

Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the LORD your God, and cry out to the LORD. (Joel 1:14)


Guide to Prayer & Fasting

There are two important spiritual disciplines that we have the privilege of participating in: prayer and fasting. Both take time, sacrifice, and focus. We encourage you to seek God on a deeper level. Through prayer and fasting, we can also impact the people in our community. Are you ready? Will you join us?


Guide to a 24 Hour Fast

  • A 24-hour fast is a time of denying yourself food for 24 hours. The purpose is to devote time to God in prayer and have a prayerful attitude throughout the day.

  • Be sure that you know why you are fasting. It’s not to lose weight.

  • Drink plenty of fluids. Water is best.

  • Have a specific prayer list to guide you (see our suggested list).

  • Journal what you prayed for. You will be amazed!

  • Consult a doctor if you have any medical issues before starting your fast.


Sample Prayer Schedule

The evening before you begin

  • Eat a normal, but not excessive, dinner at your regular dinnertime.

  • Before bed, spend time reading Scripture. (Suggested Scriptures to read: Psalm 1, Psalm 63, Luke 4).

  • Spend some time praying for God to increase your passion for Him. Confess any sins you know are hindering your relationship with God.

  • Once you get in bed, pray until you fall asleep.

Morning of your fast

  • Wake up at your normal time.

  • Instead of eating breakfast, spend time with God. Read Philippians 2:1-11.

  • Reflect on Christ’s sacrifice for you. Pray that God will enable you to have His attitude today.

  • During the hours when you are hungry, view those hunger pains as God nudging you to pray.

  • Pray quietly throughout the morning, even during your regular routine.

  • Engage your normal responsibilities, but do so with an awareness of His grace.


  • During your lunch hour, remove yourself from the day-to-day rush and spend 20 or 30 minutes in prayer.

  • Walk around outside of your office or home. Shut off the noise and spend some time listening to God.

  • If there is a decision or a struggle in your life, ask God to give you clarity.


  • This will be the time when you are most hungry and weak.

  • Each time you are hungry, thank Him for filling you spiritually.

  • Each time you feel weak, thank Him for being the One who truly satisfies (Psalm 63:8).


  • The last few hours of the 24-hour fast are often the most intimate with God and the most clarifying.

  • Devote time praying for your personal spiritual health.

  • Spend time declaring God’s greatness and thanking Him for all He has done.

  • Confess any ongoing struggles or sins you wrestle with.

  • Yield to Him. Submit to Him.

  • Devote time praying for Christ Fellowship, your church.

  • Do not rush to eat. Eat at your normal dinnertime.

  • Conclude your fast. While you eat, reflect on God’s provision for all your needs.


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