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Birmingham, AL 35204

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Fasting is a way to demonstrate to God, and to ourselves, that we are serious about our relationship with Him. Fasting helps us gain a new perspective and a renewed reliance upon God.

 

Biblical fasting is a spiritual discipline that was encouraged by Jesus, Himself, while He was on earth. When questioned as to why the Pharisees and the disciples of John the Baptist fasted while Jesus disciples did not, Jesus answered, "How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast” (Matthew 9:15)

The nature and length of a fast is a personal one. We as a church family are collectively fasting during the period of 40 days

 

We suggest a food fast, but be aware of your particular medical needs. We are inviting members to fast for:

 

  • Week 1 (March 1) Salvation of the lost (2Timothy 2:26, Mt. 18:12-16)

  • Week 2 (March 8) Those in authority (Rom. 8:37, 1 Tim. 2:1-2, Prov. 21:1-2)

  • Week 3 (March 15) Inward spiritual character (Titus 2:14)

  • Week 4 (March 22) Unity in the Body of Christ (Colossians 3:12-17)

  • Week 5 (March 29) Patient Faith (Psalms 37:7) Faith does not grow disheartened because prayers are not immediately answered

  • Week 6 (April 5- 9) R.S.V.P. (Luke 9:23, Mt 11:28-30, Rev. 22:17)

 

Remember, Christ has given us an open invitation to be his eternal guests in glory. The initial request for our attendance has been made at Calvary. PLEASE RESPOND

Spiritual Preparation
  • Seek forgiveness from all whom you have offended, and forgive all who have offended you or hurt you. (Mark 11:25; Luke 11:4)

  • Begin your time of fasting with an expectant heart (Hebrews 11:6).

  • When you fast, make a conscious decision to turn off all noise and distractions (Facebook, social media and non-believers).

  • Do not underestimate spiritual opposition. Satan, sometimes intensifies the natural battle between body and spirit (Galatians 5:16-17).

  • Meditate on God’s sovereignty, power, wisdom, faithfulness and grace (Psalm 48:9)

  • No one needs to know that you are fasting. It is directed towards God. Fasting must also be done in an attitude of humility.

 

“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Matthew 6:16-18)

Too often, the focus of fasting is on the lack of food. Instead, the purpose of fasting should be to take your eyes off the things of this world to focus completely on God. Fasting is a way to demonstrate to God, and to ourselves, that we are serious about our relationship with Him. Fasting helps us gain a new perspective and a renewed reliance upon God.

 

Questions about fasting and praying or prayer requests can be emailed to prayer@mthebron.org

WHY FAST?