From the beginning of VIVE Culture, we have made it a priority to seek God first in prayer. We do this collectively as a community in January through 14 Days of Prayer and Fasting as we begin a new year. Together, we faithfully seek God first, trusting in Him alone to create a lasting impact in our lives, city, church, and world.
Different Types Of Fasts In The Bible
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. There is not a one-size-fits-all model. It's more about the spirit of it rather than the law of it. It's fueled by a relationship with Jesus.
In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option. You cut out all foods.
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 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, and bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.
This fast is a great option if you do not have much experience fasting food, have health issues that prevent you from fasting food, or if you wish to refocus certain areas of your life that are out of balance. For example, you might choose to stop using social media, sports, or watching television for the duration of the fast and then carefully bring that element back into your life in healthy doses at the conclusion of the fast.
DIFFERENT FASTS IN THE BIBLE
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14 Days Of Prayer Is For You
If you sense God has more for your life, 14 Days of Prayer is a great place to start believing Him for all that He has for you. As you practice seeking Him first, He will move on your behalf like never before. You will start to see the power of prayer that impacts your relationships, work, family, and every area of your life. We would love for you to be part of 14 Days of Prayer.
Prayer and Fasting
During our 14 Days of Prayer, we encourage everyone who is part of our community to fast, too, as a spiritual next step that can bring clarity and revelation into your life. You can also choose to fast at other times of the year as you seek God as well.
The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God. Not necessarily to get more stuff but for God to get more of us. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out. It also 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.