Fasting & Prayer

Fasting and prayer create space for God to speak to us and move in powerful ways as we intentionally seek Him! We see spiritual results when we replace the time we spend in a certain area of life with time with God.

We take part in fasting as a spiritual next step to draw us nearer to God and bring clarity and understanding into our life. Fasting creates a spiritual hunger and it helps us submit our flesh to God and experience more of His presence. If we don’t fast alongside prayer and Bible study, fasting is just a diet. 

As you prepare for focused prayer time, here are some tips to help keep your prayers active during the 21 days: 

  • Choose times when you are most mentally alert  
  • Use different body postures during prayer such as lifting your hands, kneeling or walking 
  • Pray out loud to keep your mind focused

Articles

Your Personal Guide to Fasting and Prayer

What Is Biblical Fasting, and How Does It Work?

Why Does Fasting Work?

What's the Deal with Fasting?

YouVersion Bible Reading Plans

Fast Like Daniel: 21 Days That Will Change Your Life Devotional

21 Days of Prayer & Fasting: The Sauce Devotional

21 Days Of Fasting & Prayer Devotional

21 Days Of Seeking Him Devotional

Types of Fasts

Complete Fast 
In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.

Partial Fast
This fast was common for the Hebrew people and involves abstaining from eating any type of food during a certain time of day, from sunup to sundown or choosing to eat only once a day. One type of partial fasting is intermittent fasting where you choose an eating window every day and fast for 14-16 hours. 

Selective Fast
This type of fast involves removing certain foods or drinks from your diet. An example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, dairy, eggs, sweets and bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains for food.

Soul Fast
This fast removes indulgences and luxuries from your life outside of food, such as social media or television. It’s a good option if you 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.

BOOKS

A Hunger for God: Desiring God through Fasting and Prayer

Fasting: Opening the Door to a Deeper, More Intimate, More Powerful Relationship with God

Tony Evans Speaks Out On Fasting

Intercessory Prayer: How God Can Use Your Prayers to Move Heaven and Earth

Kingdom Prayer: Touching Heaven to Change Earth