Helping people find their way back to God is our shared mission, the reason we exist as a community. Our hope for this series and season of prayer and fasting is that every person would hear from God and join Him in His mission. We are asking God to awaken us to all He has for us in the days, weeks, and months in this year.
- Ask God to bring specific people to your mind.
- Pray for those people to find their way back to God.
- Ask God how he wants to use you to reach them.
Fasting is one of the oldest and most prevalent spiritual practices in the Bible. Great leaders in the Bible fasted routinely, including Moses, David, Jeremiah, Isaiah, John the Baptist, Jesus and the disciples.
Jesus expects that His followers will fast regularly. In Matthew 6:16, Jesus addresses fasting specifically when he tells the disciples, “When you fast…”.
Notice Jesus says “when” not “if”. Jesus assumes that we will fast. Though fasting is assumed, it is not required. We don’t have to fast, we get to fast. Like all intentional spiritual practices, fasting should not be legalistic – we are not earning approval from God through fasting.
GOAL OF FASTING
AGE APPROPRIATE RESOURCES
Below you will find an age-appropriate resource to teach your child about Prayer & Fasting. Each day, your child will take one slip from the “give up” cup to fast from. Then your child will take a slip from the “fill up” cup to complete. We hope and pray this resource will allow your child to give up something for God to get closer to Him.
We want to thank our partners at Community Christian Church in Chicago for supplying these guides.