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Fasting For The Blackwells

On Thursday, August 29th we are praying and fasting for the healing of a brother in Christ, Joel Blackwell, and his family. We are uniting as a church to humble ourselves before the Lord and seeking to gain God’s eternal perspective in the midst of this situation. 

 

Join Us For A Night of Prayer & Worship

Thursday, August 29th

6:30-7:30 PM

at our Augusta Campus

We will come together as a church to pray for the Blackwell family and sing songs of praise and worship to God for all He has done and will continue to do.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4 NIV

Click here to learn more about the Blackwell Family and see how our church family blessed them this weekend.

 

What Is Fasting?

Fasting is a long forgotten spiritual practice that can and should be used to draw our attention away from ourselves and desires or towards Christ and His desires. It is voluntarily going without food – or any other regularly enjoyed, good gift from God – for the sake a spiritual purpose.

We fast with a specific purpose in mind. We fast not because we are commanded (as in the Old Testament), but rather “in order to intensify our expression of need for something greater – namely, God and his work in our lives. (David Mathis)” 

Acts 13:1-3

From this example of fasting in the Bible, we see this discipline can:

1) prepare a person for ministry. Fasting can be a symbol of humility and us dedicating ourselves to God’s purposes.

2) Fasting can help separate us from worldly concerns so we can better focus on God’s priorities, values, and goals.

Fasting helps us become more sensitive to God’s voice and direction.

How do i Fast?

Fasting is a decision between an individual and God. How you fast and what you choose to sacrifice is a personal choice with the purpose of seeking God’s will. 

Matthew 6:16-18 

When we fast, the goal is to not make it about ourselves. We are submitting to God’s will. We are not fasting to try to twist God’s arm or manipulate Him into answering our prayers in the way that we want. We are denying ourselves in a very small way to humbly submit to God’s promises.

We fast with a purpose in mind. “Without a purpose and plan, it’s not Christian fasting; it’s just going hungry” (David Mathis).

How Long is the fast?

As a church we will be fasting from 12:00AM Thursday, Augusta 29th to midnight Thursday, August 29th.

can i only fast from food?

How and what you fast is a personal decision in your pursuit of God’s will. Our staff will be abstaining from food during this time, but some other ways to fast include: technology, social media, sugar, soda, etc.

When you feel hungry or the urge to turn to these things, we encourage you to turn to prayer and be reminded of how much we need God in our lives.