There are essential encounters that God reserves for His gathered church.


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 focus on what it truly means to encounter God with His gathered church.



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.


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


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

More info:


Eat only one meal per day.

Basics: Choose two meals that are a sacrifice for you and only eat one meal per day.


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?
We will provide resources through social media.
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. Fast and pray that God builds our gathering like never before. Pray that God adds to our number daily, that He brings people to our gathering to encounter His power and presence at an even greater level.
  2. Fast and pray that when we gather, God builds lives, families, leaders, and communities at new and deeper levels. Pray that God would do more of what He is already doing in and through our church, that He would do so much more in 2019.
  3. Fast and pray for whatever God has laid on your heart for you and your family in 2019. Pray that God would make a way for whatever you know is new and deeper for your family in 2019.

Gather Reading Plan

As we journey through our 2019 fast and vision series, we want to look back at how the early church gathered, and how their gathering transformed lives, families, leaders, and communities. For each day of our fast and vision series, join us as we read through the book of Acts.

January 7th (Fast starts) Acts 1 

January 8th: Acts 2 

January 9th: Acts 3 

January 10th: Acts 4 

January 11th: Acts 5 

January 12th: Acts 6 

January 13th: Acts 7 

January 14th: Acts 8 

January 15th: Acts 9 

January 16th: Acts 10 

January 17th: Acts 11 

January 18th: Acts 12  

January 19th: Acts 13 

January 20th: Acts 14

January 21st: Acts 15 

January 22nd: Acts 16 

January 23rd: Acts 17 

January 24th: Acts 18 

January 25th: Acts 19 

January 26th: Acts 20 

January 27th (Fast ends): Acts 21

January 28th: Acts 22 

January 29th: Acts 23 

January 30th: Acts 24 

January 31st: Acts 25 

February 1st: Acts 26 

February 2nd: Acts 27 

February 3rd: Acts 28