Fast Track Pit Stop // Week 1
With Elijah Scheidler
Fast Track Pit Stop // Week 2
With Elijah Scheidler
Fast Track Pit Stop // Week 3
With Elijah Scheidler
Every Tuesday throughout the fast, we will be meeting at Christian City Church for nights of prayer & worship from 6:30 to 8:00pm. This is our opportunity to lean ALL IN and break through together as we sing, pray, and pursue all that God has for us!
Focus: Pouring Out
Focus: Prophetic Prayers
For The Valley
Focus: Communion With God & The Power Of His Presence
Christian City Church auditorium will be open in the evenings for prayer throughout the fast. All are welcome to show up and pray individually at any time during these hours.
Sunday / 6:30 - 8:30pm
Monday / 6:30 - 8:30pm
Wednesday / 6:30 - 7:30pm
* Wednesday will be group prayer and will be meeting upstairs.
Thursday / 6:30 - 8:30pm
Saturday / 6:30 - 8:30pm
21 Days of Prayer And Fasting
Every year we set aside 21 days to pray and fast. This is a time to seek God’s presence, voice, direction, and strength for our lives. This year our fast will be focused around BREAKTHROUGH. Our desire is to see a new level of breakthrough within our families, communities, churches, and personal lives. We also long to see a new level of unity among the Church / churches throughout the Gallatin Valley as we invite multiple church bodies to pray and fast during these 21 days.
Over the next 21 days we are going to pray and fast for BREAKTHROUGH
What is fasting?
Fasting is a focused period of time where we disconnect from the world, so that we can connect more to God. It is a time to slow down, fix our focus, and silence the noise of life, to hear what God is speaking. There are many reasons and benefits to fasting, but biblical fasting always has one primary goal, which is to draw near to God.
Jesus didn’t require fasting, but he assumed it would be done as an essential part of keeping a healthy soul. Just like our body needs food and water to stay healthy and energized, so our soul needs prayer and fasting. It removes the gunk and makes room in our hearts to receive what God wants to bring into our lives. We often relate the process to giving our soul a pressure wash or hitting the reset button.
What is prayer?
As we remove things in our lives through fasting, we fill that time and space with prayer. Prayer is simply talking to God. Like any conversation, it involves talking, listening, asking questions, and often just sitting in silence to hear God’s response. He speaks through our thoughts, emotions, scripture reading, and many other ways.
Start Where You Are
Your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it’s very important to know your body, know your options, and most importantly, seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do. We are all at different places in our walk with God. Likewise our jobs, daily schedules, and health conditions are all different and place various levels of demands on our energy. So most importantly, whether you’ve fasted before or this is your first time, start where you are.
It’s better to commit fully to something small, than to commit partially to something big.
Depending on the type of fast you choose, it is very important to prepare your body ahead of time before beginning the fast. Take a week or so to transition into your fast; otherwise, you could get sick. For example, if you would like to go on a fruits and vegetables or juice fast, start eliminating meat, white grains, and refined sugars from your diet the week before. If you are going to fast from caffeine, you might want to ease off of it over the course of a few days.
The same principle applies to breaking your fast. When your fast is over, add foods back in very gradually. Please don’t break your fast with a greasy cheese-burger! Because your body is so cleansed and detoxified, you will most likely get sick if you do that. This is especially important if you fast from all foods, for more than 7 days.
As you prepare to fast, it’s important to choose a fasting plan that works for you. This section provides general information about different types of fasts, but it is important to remember there is nothing more inherently spiritual about one type of fast as opposed to another.
Types Of Fasts
A water-only fast is the normal fast referred to in the Bible. This is how Jesus and the New Testament church fasted. A water fast is just that, no eating of any food or drinking of any liquids except water. Periodic water fasts can be very beneficial, but precautions should be taken. For some people it is hard to perform effectively at their jobs and have energy for their families while drinking only water. We recommend consulting your physician first, and water fasting only for a day or two unless you can get away or your job allows you to really disconnect so you can give your best energy to the fast.
While fasting typically refers to refraining from specific food items, you may also find it extremely beneficial to fast from a regular activity or habit. This might include things such as television, social media, and the like. Prayer and fasting are not just about connecting to God but also about disconnecting from the world. Try to tune out some of the regular distractions from your day as much as possible. Replace that time with things that will nourish you spiritually.
The Daniel fast is a great model to follow and one that is extremely effective for spiritual focus, bodily discipline, and purification of the body and soul. It is probably one of the most commonly referred to fasts. In the book of Daniel we find two different times where the prophet Daniel fasted. Daniel 1 states that he only ate vegetables and water, and in Daniel 10, while the passage does not give a specific list of foods that Daniel ate, it does state that he ate no rich (or choice) foods, as well as no meat or wine. The foundation of the Daniel fast is fruits, nuts, and vegetables. (A plant based diet) Some starchy vegetables and dairy could be included, but that depends on the individual.
In this type of fast you omit a specific item(s) from your meal plan. For example, you may choose to eliminate all red meat, processed or fast food, or sweets. Most people can incorporate this type of fast relatively easily. It can also prove to be a great solution for people with specific dietary needs or medical conditions that may cause certain limitations.
When most people start fasting, there is typically some level of discomfort. However, it is possible to get used to the fasting routine pretty quickly. Quite simply, you must learn to fast in a way that works for you. While any true fast does involve abstinence from food or at least certain types of food, typically different fasting combinations work better for different people. The goal to having a successful fast is all about finding what we like to call your Fast Zone, and that is different for everybody and can change depending on the season you are in.
The best way to describe your Fast Zone is the place where you feel light and spiritually in tune, your mind is easily focused on God and spiritual things, you have an increased spiritual energy, and you can feel the fast working. Just like runners know what their target heart rate is to see the benefits of their physical training, the Fast Zone is similar in a spiritual sense.
Finding your Fast Zone helps you choose both the type and length of fast. Let’s say you choose to go on a Daniel fast (fruits, nuts, and vegetables). Should you eat beans? If you can eat beans and stay in your Fast Zone, go ahead. But for some people eating beans takes them out of the zone. Should you eat peanut butter? Probably not. Peanut butter is more of an indulgence, and not many people can stay in a Fast Zone while enjoying indulgences.
If you drink coffee regularly, one of the worst mistakes you can make is to fast for one to three days and cut caffeine out completely. Please don’t do that, or you will spend this time grumpy and in withdrawal instead of enjoying God’s presence.
There isn’t one approach that works the same for everyone. Follow the Holy Spirit, mix it up, find what works for you, and stay in your Fast Zone!
Spend Time With God
We really want to encourage you to look daily for opportunities to seek God. As you fast a meal or activity during the day, give that time to God. Spend quiet times with Him in prayer. Disconnect from the world and connect with Him in worship. Read and meditate on His word. Focus on His goodness and greatness. Use this guide to help you focus your heart and prayer times. Fasting is hard work, but it is worth it!
“Remember, the goal of fasting is not just to go without food. The goal is to draw closer to God.”