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40 Days of Prayer and Fasting FAQs

 

What is fasting?
Fasting is a spiritual discipline. It is the temporary abstinence from food and/or drink as an act of devotion to God. 

How does a person fast? Isn’t this just like dieting?
While we deprive our bodies of physical food during a fast, we replace it with spiritual food. It is common practice that as one abstains from eating, they increase in other disciplines such as prayer and scripture reading. It is a fasting from self and a feasting on God. (Jesus is the living water and the bread of life.) Instead of partaking in food, commit to pray and read scripture during the time you would normally eat. 

What should I pray and fast for?
The prayer calendar, which will be provided on Sunday, April 29, has a topic and scripture assigned to each day during the 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting (April 29-June 7). Please pray for the topic listed. But also pray for whatever is on your heart. 

Is fasting biblical?
Jesus assumes His disciples will fast (Matthew 6:16-18) and the early church combined prayer and fasting when making important decisions and beginning new ministries (Acts 14:23). Here are other scriptures on fasting: 2 Samuel 12:16; Exra 8:21; 1 Samuel 7:6; Acts 13:2-3; 1 Corinthians 7:3-5; Luke 2:37; Luke 4:2

I’ve never fasted before. I’m a little uneasy about it. Can I participate?
Yes! There are three ways you can fast during this 40 days: water only for 24 hours, water only for 12 hours, and fast from one meal. If you’re doing this for the first time, consider fasting for just one meal. During that time use your prayer calendar and scripture to help you pray and reflect on God.

What does the 'Beyond A Building' campaign have to do with prayer and fasting?
BEYOND A BUILDING is more than a slogan for our building campaign. It describes an exciting new season in the history of our church, as well as Englewood. What God is planning to do at and through Metro goes beyond a building – it will impact all of our lives. Prayer and fasting must be the foundation for this campaign, and we want to be sure that we are following the prompting of the Holy Spirit as we plan to take on this God-sized mission. As the Bible reminds us, “Unless the Lord build the house, those who build it labor in vain.” (Psalm 127:1) If we take hold of this opportunity to go deeper with God through prayer and fasting, we are confident that we will see God move in ways we have never seen before, in our personal lives, within Metro, and the community.