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  • March 31, 2018 - 12:00 am

As Easter approaches, our prayer is that we as a church family use this season to move closer to God through
experiences and prayer, so that Easter lasts for more than one day. We want you to live every day in the power of the Resurrection.

The purpose of fasting is not to earn favor with God. We don’t have to do that. In fact, we can’t! God’s love is unconditional and based on Jesus’s righteousness, not our own. The purpose of fasting is to give up something pleasurable to create space in our lives to focus and lean into God and the Bible in a deeper way.

Fasting is simply abstaining from something in order to focus our attention and efforts towards God. When we partner fasting with prayer, we are able to see God move! Remember, prayer is a pivotal part of this process. If you give something up but don’t replace it with prayer, you’re defeating the purpose. (Daniel 10:1-3, Exodus 34:28, Nehemiah 1:4)

The most common fast has you give up food, or a certain food, for a period of time. Because we’re asking you to fast for 21 days, please choose one of the following options.

1. Use a form of the Daniel Fast philosophy and give up what you consider rich foods. Perhaps it’s sweets, meat, bread or fast food. Perhaps it’s that glass of wine you enjoy at the end of the day, or coffee first thing in the morning. Choose something you really love, and give it up for 21 days.

2. If a food fast isn’t an option for you, you can still participate! Give up something else. Maybe it’s social media, Netflix, or video games. Whatever it may be, decide and give it up. Then when your mind drifts to what you want, focus on Jesus. Let Him fill your needs.

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