2019 marks Gateway’s 12th annual 21-day fast. We have begun each year with a corporate fast. A simple definition of fasting would be “giving up food for a specified period of time for a spiritual purpose.” Each year more and more people join us for this spiritual journey. A portion or all of the 21 days is spent in what is been called a Daniel Fast – after the prophet Daniel’s adaptation of his diet in his response to being taken into “noble” training in Babylon and his approach to God when He was in need of understanding (see Daniel 1 & 10).
Studies into “Daniel fast” will give you a very stringent list of what can be eaten. I have simplified “no choice foods” to mean no meat, sugar, caffeine, and bread.
This year’s fast will begin Monday, January 7th and will go through Sunday, January 27th. We will conclude our time of fasting with an evening of corporate worship and prayer 6pm on the 27th.
Fasting is refraining from physical food for a spiritual purpose.
Fasting enlarges our spiritual capacity for God.
Fasting turns a physical hunger into a spiritual hunger.
Fasting was an OT and NT spiritual practice.
Fasting isn’t primarily about recipes it’s about relationship and results.
Longing for God with a fast, refreshes our Soul.
Longing for God with a fast, refreshes and reinforces our identity in Christ.
Longing for God with a fast has long lasting and long reaching power.