Fasting Forward

FASTING FORWARD
Fasting Together Every Wednesday

We want to invite you to get involved with our Lead Pastor Transition Process by joining us in a corporate fast. This is a way each and every one of us can take part. We are calling a fast in order to seek God’s grace in the context of our commitment to prayer and to the Word (Joel 2:15). Fasting is not only “not eating''; it is an exchange where we abstain from certain things in order to “feast” on God’s Word and prayer.

Here is what we are asking you to do:

We are asking you to fast something -- every Wednesday from the time you wake up until after our prayer time together at 7-8 PM.

For some, they may decide to abstain from eating food, for others you may decide to abstain from certain kinds of food (meats, coffee or sweets/sugars); and for others it could include media - TV or the internet.

This fast is about setting our eyes on Jesus. We will do this as a corporate effort to position ourselves together in a listening posture until such time as a new Lead Pastor is chosen.

Each Wednesday morning we will send out 4-5 things that you can be praying for throughout Wednesday and then we will join together in corporately every Wednesday Night from 7 - 8 PM.

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How Do I Prepare Myself for a Fast?

Spiritual Preparation

True spiritual fasting focuses on God. Center your total being on Him, your attitudes, your actions, your motives, desires, and words. This can only take place if God and His Holy Spirit are at the center of our attention. Confess your sins as the Holy Spirit brings them to your attention and continue to focus on God and God alone so that your prayers may be powerful and effective.

King David said:

Come and hear, all of you who reverence the Lord, and I will tell you what he did for me: For I cried to him for help, with praises ready on my tongue. He would not have listened if I had not confessed my sins. But he listened! He heard my prayer! He paid attention to it! Blessed be God who didn't turn away when I was praying, and didn't refuse me his kindness and love. (Psalm 66:16-20)

Physical Preparation

Although fasting is primarily a spiritual discipline, it begins in the physical realm. You should not fast without specific physical preparation.

If this is the first time you fast, you will find it helpful to begin by eating smaller meals before you abstain altogether. Resist the urge to have that "last big feast" before the fast. Cutting down on your meals a few days before you begin the fast will signal your mind, stomach, and appetite that less food is acceptable.

I recommend weaning yourself off caffeine and sugar products to ease your discomfort when fasting.

Managing Your Schedule While Fasting

Arranging special time during the day with God is absolutely crucial in attaining intimate communion with the Father. You must devote yourself to seeking God's face, even (and especially) during those times in which you feel weak, vulnerable, or irritable. Read His Word and pray during your usual mealtimes. Meditate on Him when you awake in the night. Sing praises to Him whenever you please. Focus on your Heavenly Father and make every act one of praise and worship. God will enable you to experience His command to "pray without ceasing" as you seek His presence.

As you enter this time of heightened spiritual devotion, be aware that Satan will do everything he can to pull you away from your prayer and Bible reading time. When you feel the enemy trying to discourage you, immediately go to God in prayer and ask Him to strengthen your resolve in the face of difficulties and temptations.

The enemy makes you a target because he knows that fasting is the most powerful of all Christian disciplines and that God may have something very special to show you as you wait upon Him and seek His face. Satan does not want you to grow in your faith, and will do anything from making you hungry and grumpy to bringing up trouble in your family or at work to stop you. Make prayer your shield against such attacks.

Bring your personal needs before the Lord as well as you intercede for Cedar Grove and the lead pastoral process.

A renewed closeness with God and a greater sensitivity to spiritual things are usually the results of a fast. Do not be disappointed if you do not have a "mountaintop experience," as some do. Many people who have successfully completed extended fasts tell of feeling a nearness to God that they have never before known, but others who have honestly sought His face report no particular outward results at all. For others, their fast was physically, emotionally, and spiritually grueling, but they knew they had been called by God to fast, and they completed the fast unto Him as an act of worship; God honored that commitment.

Your motive in fasting must be to glorify God, not to have an emotional experience, and not to attain personal happiness. When your motives are right, God will honor your seeking heart and bless your time with Him in a very special way.

Fasting Excerpts taken from - http://www.cru.org/train-and-grow/devotional-life/personal-guide-to-fasting.8.html


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