January 8, 2018 – January 28, 2018
As part of our Breakthrough series, Emmanuel Church is embarking on a 21-Day Fast.
The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God by eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose. A fast hits the reset button on our soul and renews us from the inside out. It also enables us to celebrate God's mercy and goodness and prepares our hearts for the abundant life He wants for each of us.
TYPES OF FASTS
Your 21-Day Fast should be challenging, but it is important to consider your health, your options, and, most importantly, the guidance of the Holy Spirit as you decide on what type of fast to pursue.
Drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.
MODIFIED FOOD FAST
Remove certain foods from your diet. A common form is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, and bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.
This fast is a great option if you do not have much experience fasting food, have health issues that prevent you from fasting from food, or if you wish to refocus certain areas of your life that are out of balance. You might choose to stop using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast and then carefully bring that element back into your life in healthy doses at the conclusion of the fast.
Remember, fasting should be cause for joy
, not misery! Focus on God, not on what you are giving up. Don’t beat yourself up if you stumble or lose focus. Just pick up where you left off and keep going.
What are you hoping God shows you over these next 21 days?
Further Resources: 7 BASIC STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL FASTING AND PRAYER Article by Bill Bright GUIDE TO FASTING AND PRAYER Article by Bill Bright