It’s time for a reset.
As we step into the Fall season, we invite you to join us for a communal 21-day fast from September 10th – 30th.
During this time, we’ll intentionally remove that which unnecessarily consumes our attention to renew our minds in God’s Word and our Gospel Identity.
Join the fast by signing up at the link. When you do you’ll receive an email for each day of the fast with a daily scripture and devotional prepared by a member of the Lookout community.
What is fasting?
Fasting is a spiritual discipline that is taught in both the Old and New Testaments in the Bible. Jesus expected His followers to fast, and He said that God rewards fasting.
When you give up eating, don’t put on a sad face like the hypocrites. They make their faces look sad to show people they are giving up eating. I tell you the truth, those hypocrites already have their full reward. So when you give up eating, comb your hair and wash your face. Then people will not know that you are giving up eating, but your Father, whom you cannot see, will see you. Your Father sees what is done in secret, and he will reward you.”
Matthew 6:16-18 (MSG)
Fasting, according to the Bible, means to voluntarily reduce or eliminate your intake of food for a specific time and purpose. Fasting, can also be the removal of other dependencies that compete for our attention and affection, so that we can return to God.
Each individual should only choose to enter a fast based on what is a healthy and safe as you listen to the Lord.
What are different types of food fasts?
- Liquid fast – Give up solid foods
- Daniel fast – Eat fruits and vegetables only
- Variation fast – Fast 7 days one way , 7 days another, and 7 more days another
- Lunch Fast – Fast over lunch each day
What else is helpful to fast?
- Social Media – Elimination of habit-forming apps
- TV & shows – Unplug your TVs and streaming services
- News – Withdrawal from attachment to current events and commentary
- Books & Magazine – Break from other reading materials and replace with Scripture.
In a culture of excess, fasting is a way to eliminate what is unnecessary, and in doing so, call ourselves (body, soul, and spirit) into a renewed dependence on God. Fasting is not a way to earn God’s favor through duty or religious performance. However, through fasting we enlarge our hearts and are reminded that our deeper hunger is for the things of God. We learn to lean into God in our weakness and pull from heaven for our strength.
Resource on Fasting:
- Practicing the Way – The Fasting Practice
- Your Personal Guide to Prayer and Fasting | Dr. Bill Bright
- Why It’s Time for a Social Media Fast – Rebekah Lyons