What is Fasting?

The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out. 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.


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.

TIMES OF FASTS



Total Fast
This fasting timeframe calls for around the clock fasting.



Full-Day Fast
This fasting timeframe calls for fasting to occur from sunrise to sunset.


Half-Day Fast
This fasting timeframe calls for fasting to occur from sunrise to 3pm.


Scripture on Fasting Times
Matthew 6:16-18
Matthew 9:14-15
Luke 18:9-14
Acts 27:33-37
Nehemiah 9:1-3

Fasting Small Groups

Small groups have one, simple purpose: to bring people together. We believe God created us to live in relationship with others and only then can we live the full life He intends for us. Sharing life through community is part of our design, but meaningful relationships aren’t always easy to find. That’s why small groups exist; to make these life-changing relationships relevant and accessible to you.

For the next 4 weeks, Thrive Chapel is launching into a mini-semester of our small groups focusing on encouragement during our 21-day fast. Fasting shouldn't be something you do alone...surround yourself with people to walk the path with you.


Resources on Fasting

21 Days of Prayer and Fasting is a time where we seek to know the Lord better in every way imaginable as we meet with Him face to face each day. As you prepare your heart and mind for this phenomenal season of prayer—or if you are seeking resources to help you in your own personal walk with God—the following resources on prayer and fasting will help equip you for this amazing journey.


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