Believers fast to re-attune our ears to God’s voice and re-align ourselves with His priorities. In the Old Testament, we read about people fasting after a death (2 Samuel 1:12), out of concern for someone (Daniel 6: 18-24) and on behalf of a nation in peril (Esther 4:13-16).
In the New Testament, we see Jesus fasting before the start of His ministry (Matthew 4: 1-11), John the Baptist’s disciples fasting (Matthew 9:14,15), and Paul fasting after his life changing experience on the Damascus Road (Acts 9:9).
The discipline of fasting provides the opportunity to saturate ourselves in increased periods of prayer, praise and Bible study, which frees us up and makes us more available for an encounter with the Lord. Contemporary Daniel Fasts mirror what’s mentioned in Scripture, and recommend only eating:
- Fruits, vegetables and legumes
- Whole grains, nuts and seeds
- Herbs and spices
For more information, check out http://daniel-fast.com/portfolio/foodlist/
Join us in this time of fasting at New Life from January 2 – January 13th. We will also come together each week night during these two weeks at 7pm at either the Smithfield or Fall River campuses for His direction for us individually and corporately as a church.