Prayer and fasting for the believer is considered a normal expression of healthy spiritual living. Jesus fasted and prayed, and directed others to do so, (Luke 4:1-2; Matthew 6:1-8), knowing that the presence and power of the Holy Spirit is intensified as a result. Jesus was “full of the Holy Spirit” when he began His forty day fast, but returned “in the power of the Holy Spirit” subsequent to fasting, (Luke 4:14).
What or who changed? It certainly wasn’t God! Man changes during a fast, not the Almighty, (Malachi 3:8). Fasting is not about getting God’s attention. Prayer and fasting turns your attention to God!
Prayer and fasting then are not some gimmick, method, technique, ritual, or rite; rather, they are the spiritual disciplines that unlock God’s power and purpose in your life.
At The Gathering Place Church, we have made it a priority to seek God first in prayer. We do this collectively as a church in January and August through 21 Days of Prayer. During this campaign we faithfully seek God first, trusting in His power alone to create lasting impact in our lives, our church and our world.
During our 21 Days of Prayer, we will provide special opportunities for you to participate in prayer. Each week we will host special prayer services in which we will seek God through worship, an encouraging message/devotion, personal prayer, and corporate prayer. (For a list of these services please see the Pray First Calendar of events)
If you sense that God has more for your life, 21 Days of Prayer is a great place to start believing Him for all that He has for you. At the prayer services, you will put seeking God first into practice, and when you do this, He will start working on your behalf like never before. You will see a difference in your relationships, your work, your family and every area of your life. It is then that you will best be able to spread His love to others.
Each morning we will host a time of worship and prayer that will include a short devotional from a member of our team.
Our 21 Days of Prayer services will be held at our Common Grounds campus.
Monday-Friday services will begin at 6:00am, and our Saturday services will begin at 9:00am.
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Fasting is the spiritual practice of eliminating worldly distractions in order to draw closer to God. Fasting enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all the good things God desires to bring into our lives.
At TGP, we encourage fasting for 21 days each year in the month of January. This is part of a season of focused prayer as a church family. You may also choose to fast at other times during the year for your own spiritual development. It’s very typical to fast a single meal, a whole day, or three days or more. The timing of your fast is not as important as the strength of your focus on Him as you fast.
Remember, 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.
Types of Fasts
This fast calls for drinking only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.
This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, or bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.
This fast is sometimes called the Jewish Fast and involves abstaining from eating any type of food in the morning and afternoon. This can either correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown.
This fast is common for those who do not have much experience fasting food, who have health issues that prevent them from fasting food, or who wish to refocus certain areas of their life that are out of balance. For instance, someone might select to abstain from using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast, and then choose to carefully bring that element back into their life in an orderly fashion at the conclusion of the fast.