Will you fast with us on Mondays?
Will you join in the prayer and fasting movement of Stillmeadow?
In this season of transition at Stillmeadow, God is calling us to unite our hearts in prayer. While we encourage prayer through the entire season, we are especially focusing on fasting on Mondays. We hope you join us in replacing food or something else with prayer on Mondays.
What are we praying for? We're asking for wisdom as we seek a new leader. We're asking for unity in this time of transition. We're asking for hearts to turn to Christ through this season. We're asking God to energize and mobilize us for His mission.
If you're not familiar with fasting, here's some explanation that may be helpful!
What the Bible Says About Fasting
The Bible has some great instructions on fasting. As a matter of fact, Jesus actually gave some instructions on fasting and they're pretty simple. Read them here:
16 “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." Matthew 6:16-18
To sum up, here are Jesus' instructions on fasting.
1. Do it.
2. Don't Put on a Show.
3. Expect a reward from your heavenly Father.
And in the Old Testament, there is an incredible set of instructions on fasting from God in chapter 58 of Isaiah. God shows that there is "false fasting" and then there is "true fasting."
A false fast is when you go without food and you pray but you still...
1. Do whatever you want.
2. Take advantage of others
3. Fight with each other
4. Ignore the needs of others
But a true fast, and what God is looking for is when you find ways to...
1. Break Chains of Injustice
2. Set Free the Oppressed
3. Share Food with the Hungry
4. Provide Shelter to poor wanderer
5. Give Clothes to the naked
6. Be faithful to your family
7. Eliminate judgmental attitudes
8. Stop destructive talk
9. Keep the Sabbath
So, Jesus said to do it, and Isaiah showed us that fasting is also a call to join God in doing good in the world.
Other Practical Tips on Fasting
- Start slow. If you haven't fasted food before, you may want to start with a juice fast.
- Be specific in your times. Set a reminder, because stting boundaries helps keep you focused.
- Pray during the meal times. If you don't, it's more like a diet than a fast.
- Tell your accountability person. Then they can ask you how it went.
- Be comfortable with the discomfort. Every time you have the urge to eat, pray.
Ideas for fasting food
- Fast an entire day of meals with no snacks
- Fast one meal with no snacks between the previous and upcoming meal
- Fast two meals with no snacks
- Fast between certain hours (i.e. 7PM-10AM)
NON FOOD FASTS
Some folks can't fast from food because of dietary restrictions. Here are some other suggestions on what you could do.
- Fast from social media
- Fast from a particular food (coffee, chocolate, snacks, etc)
- Fast from buying anything
- Fast from entertainment/news media
- Fast from complaining
- Fast from your phone between certain hours
- Choose one of the ideas from Isaiah 58 and do it
However you choose to fast, please join us.