Fasting and prayer invite 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.
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
Fasting is a spiritual discipline that draws us closer to God and brings clarity and understanding into our life. In the Bible, fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose. If we don’t fast alongside prayer and Bible study, fasting is just a diet.
TYPES OF FASTS
In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.
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.
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.
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.