Giving up food or abstaining from something for a period time in order to focus on prayer.

Types of Fasting

A Normal Fast

This type of fast abstains from all food, drinking liquids, typically water with light juices as an option. Jesus did a normal fast in Luke 4:2.

An absolute fast

This type of fast involves eating no food or drinking any water like the fast queen Esther called for in Esther 4:16.

a selective fast

This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is not eating certain foods like Daniel did when he abstained from meat, sweets, and bread for food. Daniel 10:3.

a partial fast

This fast involves abstaining from eating any type of food for a certain meal or meals during a certain time of the day such as 6:00 am to 3:00 pm..

a soul fast

This fast is a great option if you do not have much experience fasting food, 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 and then carefully bring that element back into your life in healthy doses at the conclusion of the fast.

21 Days of Prayer and Fasting

21 Days of Prayer is a great time to consider a form of fasting.  Use the time gained from abstaining for more time in prayer. 

church wide Day of fasting - Monday, January 22

Day 16 of the 21 Days of Prayer is a Church wide day of fasting. The leadership is asking everyone to participate in a form of fasting on this day.  We will take this day to pray specifically for our church.  Please pray for:

  • Vision for 2018.
  • Transform - our commitment to be good stewards of South Shore's resources, trusting God with our finances to make the greatest impact.
  • 25th Anniversary Celebration, February 25, 2018.
  • South Shore's next 25 years. 

Scripture References

Esther 4:16
Isaiah 58:4-7
Daniel 1:12-17 9:2-5, 10:2-3
Joel 2:12-13
Matthew 6:16-18
Luke 4:2-4
Acts 13:2, 14:23.

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.