What is Fasting?
Fasting is going without food to draw near to God for spiritual breakthrough. "Fast" comes from a word that means: "to cover the mouth" and it’s a self-imposed affliction or humbling of our flesh so that our spiritual senses can be prominent.
The reason you choose to fast, how long you fast, and which way you fast is between you and God and nobody else. If you feel led to begin fasting, begin with prayer.
Prayer and fasting are foundational to our faith as we endeavour to become more like Christ. Jesus taught that somethings are only possible with prayer joined with fasting (Matthew 17:21). The start of a new year is a good time to focus our heart and attention on the will of God for us personally and as a church family. For the next 40 days, we will join together and pray focused prayers for the areas listed below.
Ask the Lord how He would have you participate – fasting certain foods, one meal a day, one day, several days, social media, etc. The important thing is to know what the Lord is asking you to fast or forego, and then replace that time or activity with prayer and productive spiritual disciplines.
Enter into prayer and fasting with expectation and anticipation to move the heart of God as He increasingly changes your own. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results (James 5:16, TLB).
Thank you for your willingness to pray and fast with us.
Personal Spiritual Growth (January 16-22)
- Repentance for sin (Proverbs 28:13)
- A clean heart and Holy Spirit fullness (Psalm 51:10-11)
- Delight in the Lord (Psalm 37:4)
- Learn His ways (Psalm 27:11)
- Be still and Know (Psalm 46:10)
GT Church Family (January 23-29)
- Pastoral staff, board of elders, and ministry leaders (Ephesians 1:15-17)
- Our ministry workers (Ephesians 4:11-16)
- Ministry departments – children, youth, young adults, seniors, shut-ins. (2 Corinthians 13:14)
- Strong marriages and families (Acts 16:31, Jeremiah 31:16)
GT Spiritual Vibrancy (January 30-February 5)
- Increased manifestation of God’s presence, purity, and power (2 Chronicles 7:14-15; Acts 2:1-18)
- Healing of the sick (James 5:13-15; Mark 16:17-18)
- Anointing upon God’s people as ministers in the marketplace (Luke 10:1-17)
- The increase of spiritual gifts (1 Peter 4:10; 1 Corinthians 11:4-11; 14:1)
Community (February 6-12)
- Pray for the lost (Romans 1:16)
- Pray for those in need of help (Matthew 25:34-45)
- Pray for Night to Shine (February 10)
- Pray for unity and love in our community (Philippians 2:1-11)
The Nations (February 13-19)
- Pray for a burden for the nations (Psalm 2:8; John 4:35)
- Pray for our Global Workers – www.gtmoncton.com/missions
- Pray for more to obey God’s call to go, yourself included perhaps (Matt.28:18-20)
- Pray for the Persecuted Church (Hebrews 13:3)
Government (February 20-26)
- Prime Minister and Parliamentarians, Premier, Mayor (1 Timothy 2:1-4)
- For the end of abortion and human trafficking
- Children, schools, and teachers
- The homeless and impoverished
- For a spiritual awakening at all levels of government
Establish Your Ways (February 27-March 3)
- Pray to walk in all the Lord has done during this fast (Galatians 5:1)
- Pray for increased hunger for God’s Word and His presence (Psalm 51:10-12)
- For increased wisdom and revelation (Ephesians 1:17-18; Philippians 3:10)
- Invite the Lord to visit your family (Psalm 78:4-7, 145:11-12)
- Know the Lord’s plan for you for this season, and walk in it (Jeremiah 29:11; Psalm 37:23)
- Personal revival (Psalm 63:1-2; 85:6-7, 147:11)
We are all walking on this journey together.
If you have a testimony of God working through the fast, or have any questions about the fast, contact email@example.com or call the office: 506-858-1016