Congregational Fast 2018
19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. 21 However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting. Matthew 17:19-21
2018: Time to make a difference!
Reasons for the fast:
Instructions for the fast:
Instructions for how to Fast:
A Congregational or Proclaimed fast is one where a group of people come into agreement to abstain themselves from ingesting foodsfor a determined period of time with a specific spiritual end. This fast can be done by two people, by a family, or by a congregation and even a nation. An example of this is 2 Chronicles 20:3
During this fast a special atmosphere of unity and authority, in the group that is fasting, is created given that they are united by a common purpose.
When the fast is done in the name of Jesus, per Matthew 18.18-20, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, per Romans 8.26, in the appropriate time and place with a defined purpose, it releases the power of agreement which will produce the expected results.
There are three kinds of fasts:
We stop ingesting certain kinds of foods and drinks with which we usually nourish ourselves. The best example of this fast is Daniel who did not eat certain foods for a period of 21 days, although he did eat others according to Daniel 10.3
It is done by not ingesting solid or liquid foods (yogurt, shakes, coffee) but you do drink water or tea during the fasting period. In Matthew 4.2 it says that Jesus was hungry, not that he was thirsty, therefore we can assume that he was drinking water.
It is done without ingesting any solid nor liquid foods including water. The scripture illustrates this type of fast in Esther 4.16 where it says that Esther instructs for them to not eat nor drink anything for three days.
Abstaining from eating foods during the day and taking certain foods at night depending on the type of fast that you have chosen (it can be partial, absolute, or total). If you are going to participate the 21 days of the fast, you may start fasting again the following day, repeating the same procedure each day.
Abstaining from ingesting foods for half a day and taking certain foods after noon depending on the type of fast that you have chosen (it can be partial, absolute, or total). If you are going to participate the 21 days of the fast, you may start fasting again the following day, repeating the same procedure each day.
Abstaining from eating foods for a determined period of time. This fast is generally absolute in which you drink water or tea; or it can be total where you do not take any kind of food whether solid or liquid. The time period of the fast is to be determined with anticipation; whether it be 3, 7, or 14 days in which you will not eat any foods, unless it is absolute where you may drink water or tea.
Preparation for the fast:
It is recommended that as a form of preparation for the fast, at least three days before starting, to begin decreasing foods by removing heavy foods such as meats which are the ones that take longer for the body to digests, as well as coffee. You should start preparing the body by nourishing it with light foods such as soups, salads, and fruits
How to come out of the fast:
Just as the body was prepared to enter the fast, the same should be done to come out of it. It is necessary to nourish yourself with light foods to avoid getting sick as a consequence of ingesting heavy foods after a period when you have only taken liquids or have eaten little.
Lastly, we recommend that you begin the fast in prayer, asking the Lord to strengthen you, the Holy Spirit to give you self discipline to maintain yourself until the end, and clearly establish the motives for which you will be fasting. Finally, when you are going to come out of the fast, deliver it in prayer thanking God for the answer.