Alive City Church 7 Day
“Dates: Friday 1st January - Thursday 7th January 2021 | Time: 6AM - 6PM
Fasting allows us to take time out to focus on God and grow closer to him. Fasting
allows us to hear from God and gain clarity and guidance. It also allows us to gain
victories, answers to our prayers, healing, deliverance and spiritual strength.
Isaiah 58:6 | Ezra 8:21-23 | Joel 2:12 | Matthew 6:16-18 | Acts 13:3 | Psalm 35:13
Different types of fasts
Fast – a conscious, intentional decision to abstain for a time from pleasure, usually
Regular Fast - Traditionally, a regular fast means refraining from eating all foods and only drinking water
Partial Fast - This type of fast generally refers to omitting a specific meal from your diet or refraining from certain types of foods or making some other alternative sacrifice like refraining from using social media. The Daniel fast is an example of a partial
Absolute or Dry Fast - This type of fast is when you abstain from both food and all drinks including abstaining from drinking water for a period of time.
Preparing Your Body
Resist the urge to have that ‘last big feast’ before the fast. it helpful to begin by eating smaller meals a few days before you begin the fast will signal your mind, stomach, and appetite that less food is acceptable. It is also recommended that it is helpful to wean yourself off caffeine and sugar products to ease your initial hunger or discomfort at the early stages of your fast.
Whilst fasting you might become mildly dehydrated this can result in fatigue, headaches etc so it is important while fasting to drink enough fluid (water) for the day unless you are doing a dry fast
Low intensity- workout
For all those who are already in an active routine of exercising everyday, we would suggest that during the fast you would stick to a low intensity simple work out if you would you desire remain active and not break your usual routine.
Use your time wisely
Fasting is not just an act of self-deprivation so it is important to use your time wisely whilst fasting. Spend intentional time with God, in his word, in worship, prayer and reflection.
How to break your fast
When you’re ready to break your fast, it’s best to eat foods that won’t overwhelm your digestive system. Breaking your fast with foods that are especially high in fat, sugar, or even sometimes fibre can be difficult for your body to digest, leading to bloating and discomfort. Foods and drinks that can be even more shocking to your system after a fast include those like a greasy cheeseburger, slice of cake, or soda. However nutrient-dense foods that are easy to digest and contain a bit of protein and some healthy fats can break your fast more gently. Smoothies, Soups, Dried Fruit, Fermented foods such as yogurts and healthy fast such as eggs or avocados and vegetables are a few examples of nutrient-dense foods. Be mindful not to over eat when breaking your fast and to end your fast by eating whole foods rather than junk food.
If you are Pregnant or have a Medical Condition
Fasting completely from all foods may not be necessary for everyone due to being pregnant or having a specific medical condition. Alternatively you could complete a partial fast of not eating your favourite food, not drinking caffeine, sweets etc or you could fast from watching TV or using any social media platforms.
If you have a medical condition that you are on medication for but would like to complete the fast we would advise speaking to your doctor before completing the fast.
Understand why you are fasting
It is always important to understand why you are fasting, to have a purpose and focus.
Please see below the focus for each day we are fasting along with prayer points and scriptures you can mediate on.
Day 1 - REFRESH
• Letting Go
Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
And be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Matthew 5:23-24
Day 2 - IDENTITY
• Who I Am
• Where I Belong
• Where I’m Called
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light.
1 Peter 2:9
Day 3 - ACCEPTANCE
• God’s will be done
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Matthew 6:10 (KJV)
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
Day 4 - BELONG
So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.
The good shepherd - John 10:1-21
Day 5 - RECEIVE & ACTIVATE
• Ask for the Holy Spirit
For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them."
And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
Day 6 - HEALTHY HABITS
Create need godly and healthy habits
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee
Psalm 119: 11
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.
Day 7 - THANKSGIVING
• Heart Of Gratitude
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.