21 Days of Prayer + Fasting
From the outset, we have made it a priority to seek God first in prayer. We do this as a staff collectively every Thursday morning and in January and August through 21 Days of Prayer. We would like to invite you to join us in seeking God for His presence and power in our city, our church, and our individual lives.
When & Where
January 14-February 3
MONDAY - FRIDAY
6:30 AM at live.gatherasheville.org
SATURDAY PRAYER SERVICES
January 26 and February 2
9:00 - 10:00 AM*
123 Sweeten Creek Road
Asheville, NC 28803
*Childcare will be provided for ages 0-3yrs old
PRAYER AND FASTING
During the January season of 21 Days of Prayer, we encourage fasting as a spiritual next step that can bring clarity and revelation into your life. You can also choose to fast at other times of the year as you seek God.
The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out. It also enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all the good things God desires to bring into our lives. Remember, your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your body, your options, and, most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.
TYPES OF FASTS
In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.
This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, and bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.
This fast is sometimes called the “Jewish Fast” and involves abstaining from eating any type of food in the morning and afternoon. This can either correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown.
This fast is a great option if you do not have much experience fasting food, 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. For example, you might choose to stop using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast and then carefully bring that element back into your life in healthy doses at the conclusion of the fast.
RESOURCES ON FASTING
7 BASIC STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL FASTING AND PRAYER
Article by Bill Bright
Book by Stovall Weems
GUIDE TO FASTING AND PRAYER
Article by Bill Bright