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Leading up to Vision Sunday, we will be having a time of prayer and fasting from Monday, 22 January to Saturday, 3 February. We encourage you to participate in whatever way you can, to put time aside to pray and stir your heart.
For the duration of the fast we will meet at our Durbanville campus from 6:00am - 6:45am from Monday to Friday and will meet from 8:30am - 9:15am on Saturday. Please note there will be a normal church service on Sunday 28 January.
What is Fasting?
Fasting in the literal sense means to abstain or go without something, traditionally food, in order to focus on prayer and seeking God.
There are many examples in the Bible of people and prophets who fasted and prayed to seek God’s guidance, healing, forgiveness, or simply to worship Him.
Jesus never mentioned much about fasting during His ministry. We only find specific teaching on fasting in Matthew 6. Here He introduced his teaching by saying "when you fast," assuming that His followers would include fasting in their lives.
Why do we Fast?
Fasting reminds us to spend more time praying, helping us to focus more on God. Whenever we find ourselves hungry - it’s a reminder to pray. Instead of spending time having lunch, we can go to a quiet place in the office and spend time praying.
Fasting and praying humbles us and increases our sense of dependence on God. Just like we need food to survive and we cannot live without it - so we depend on God to intervene in our situation of need.
Fasting is a good exercise in self-control. By putting prayer above our need for food, we develop the habit of putting the things of God above our own needs and desires
How do we Fast?
Up until now, we have only mentioned going without food. But there are many other creative ways in which you can fast. Anything you can temporarily give up in order to better focus on God can be considered a fast.
Some examples of types of fasts;
Absolute Fast - Fasting all food and drinks (except water) Partial Fast - Going without certain foods (such as meat) or a specific meal (such as lunch) Liquid Fast- Fasting certain liquids Media Fast - Avoiding media, especially social media or TV.