Take the 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting Challenge
Becoming Like Jesus
God is not interested in transforming some parts of us and leaving the rest untouched. He is calling us to become like Jesus in every aspect of our being. Yet to become like Jesus, we have to slow down and enter a place of solitude and stillness before God. We have to allow the Holy Spirit to search us, guide us, and transform us from the inside out.
From January 10-30, we will be joining together to ask God to form us into the image of Christ (Galatians 4:19). We want to become the Kingdom Community he dreams we can be. We want to become like Jesus. That is why we are inviting everyone to join us for 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting.
We have created two resources for you below. Community Daily will include daily prayer prompts along with scripture, reflection, and next steps. For families, we have a resource for you to teach your kids in an age-appropriate way the meaning of prayer and fasting.
Jesus taught his apprentices to engage in practices that would help them draw near to the Father. Fasting is one of the oldest and most prevalent spiritual practices in the Bible. Great leaders in the Bible fasted routinely, including Moses, David, Jeremiah, Isaiah, John the Baptist, Jesus and the disciples. In Matthew 6:16, Jesus addresses fasting when he tells the disciples, “When you fast…” Notice Jesus says “when” not “if.” Jesus assumes that we will fast. Though fasting is assumed, it is not required. We don’t have to fast. We get to fast. Like all intentional spiritual practices, fasting should not be legalistic. We are not earning approval from God through fasting. We are opening ourselves up to connect with him.
Types of Fasts
There are several different ways you can practice fasting. Here are some examples:
- Complete Fast – In this type of fast, you drink 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, and bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.
- Partial Fast – This fast is sometimes called the “Jewish Fast” and involves abstaining from eating any type of food in the morning and afternoon. This can either correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown.
- Soul Fast – This fast is a great option if your circumstances prevent you from fasting from food, you have health issues that prevent you from fasting food, or if you wish to refocus certain areas of your life that are out of balance. For example, you might choose to stop using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast.
Whichever type of fast you choose, over the 21 days you can choose to fast for one day, one day a week, one meal multiple days a week, multiple days per week, etc. 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.
Fasting goes hand-in-hand with prayer. Plan to set aside the time you would normally spend on meal preparation and eating (or whatever you choose to fast from) for focused time with God. Pray, “Come, Holy Spirit,” as you invite God to search you, guide you, and transform you to become more like Jesus.
Let’s do this together
Join together with others from COMMUNITY for an experience we’re calling “21 Questions Jesus Wants to Ask You.” Each day, we’ll reflect on a question Jesus asked in Scripture and wrestle with the answers to those questions in our own lives. To participate in this experience, sign up for the Community Daily, and you’ll receive a daily email with the content for that day’s question. Share any insights or promptings you sense from God during your fast with someone in your Small Group, a COMMUNITY staff member, or through our social media feeds. Let’s encourage and challenge each other as we open ourselves up to his transforming work over the 21 Days. May we become like Jesus!