For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

2 PETER 1:16

21-DAY CHURCH-WIDE FAST

Every year at Brentwood Church, we start our year by fasting and praying. What does Biblical Fasting look like? Biblical fasting is abstaining from food for a spiritual purpose. Why? Because physical hunger deepens our spiritual hunger. As we start this year, we want to begin by removing distractions and deepening our spiritual hunger, so that we can have eyes to see, faith to believe, and courage to share of God's WONDER. 

TYPES OF FASTS

NORMAL

Abstaining From All Food

Example: Jesus "ate nothing during those days and at the end of them was hungry" Luke 4:2

Basics: No food and mostly water to drink.

DANIEL

Restricting Certain Foods

Examples: Daniel – "so the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead"

Daniel 1:16, Daniel 10:3

Basics:

  1. Only fruits & Vegetables
  2. Only water to drink
  3. No sweeteners or bread

More info: daniel-fast.com

PARTIAL

Abstaining from one meal a day.

Basics: Choose a meal you normally eat and abstain from it once a day during the fasting period.*

*If you normally do not eat breakfast or another meal, don’t count that as abstaining. Make a true sacrifice.

FAQs

What is fasting?
Fasting is abstaining from food for a spiritual purpose, because physical hunger deepens our spiritual hunger. Jesus said best in Matthew 5:6, where He said "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled." Fasting causes us to hunger for God in a different and deeper way than other spiritual disciplines, and it causes us to pray at a different and deeper level. Fasting helps us hear and receive something new and important from God.
What fasting is not?
Fasting is not…
  • A diet
  • A religious act that earns righteousness or a better standing with God
  • Abstaining from something other than food (like entertainment, social media, etc.)
Where do we see fasting in the Bible?
  • Moses: Fasted for forty days to receive the second copy of the Ten Commandments. (Exodus 34:27-28)
  • Daniel: Engaged in a partial fast of “choice foods” to gain a revelation from God. (Daniel 10:1-3)
  • Nehemiah: Fasted and prayed when he heard of Jerusalem’s ruin. (Nehemiah 1:4)
  • Israel: God called Israel to a public fast to renew their hearts. (Joel 2:12-14)
  • Jesus: Fasted for forty days to begin His public ministry (Matthew 4:1-11)
What if I have a medical consideration that might be affected by the fast?
Consult your physician before fasting. Expectant mothers, diabetics, individuals who struggle with eating disorders, and other who have a history of food-related medical issues can enter into the spirit of the fast while remaining on essential diets. Although fasting is not harmful to many, God does not want you to engage in a physically or emotionally harmful exercise. Use personal discretion and/or consult your doctor on which of the three fasting options is best for you.
If I do the normal (no food) fast, how do I break the fast and re-feed?
We will provide refeeding resources on the 2018 Brentwood Church 21 Day Fast Facebook group.
Should I tell people I’m fasting when they ask why I’m not eating?
While Jesus taught that we should fast in secret, His command was specifically focused on the attitude we take into fasting, rather than specific fasting logistics. Jesus spoke against those who used their fasting as a way to appear hyper-spiritual, not those who simply shared why they weren’t eating when their friends asked. If asked, be honest, and use the opportunity to share what God is doing in our church and your life through the fast.
What should I pray for during the fast?
  1. Pray for whatever God has laid on your heart for you and for your family in 2018.
  2. Pray that you will experience God's power and presence in 2018 like you never have before.
  3. Pray that Brentwood will experience an outpouring of wonder to share with the world.
  4. Pray that God will prepare our hearts and households to financially invest in Building Brentwood in 2018

WONDER Reading Plan

Day 1. Acts 2

Day 2. Acts 3

Day 3. Acts 5:8-16

Day 4. Acts 8:4-25

Day 5. Acts 9:32-43

Day 6. Acts 10

Day 7. SEE: Hebrews 3:7-13, 4:1-3, 4:11-13 

Day 8. Psalm 8

Day 9. Psalm 29

Day 10. Psalm 97

Day 11. Psalm 104

Day 12. Psalm 136

Day 13. BELIEVE: John 20:19-29

Day 14. Matthew 8:5-13 

Day 15. Luke 8:22-25

Day 16. Mark 6:45-56

Day 17. Matthew 9:18-34

Day 18. Mark 9:14-29

Day 19. 1 Corinthians 2

Day 20. 2 Corinthians 2:14-17

Day 21. SHARE: 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 1 Corinthians 13:1-3, 1 Corinthians 14:20-25

Day 22. Acts 1:1-11

Take The WONDER With You