As we, Bellefontaine First Family, began a new year, 2020, we would invited you, as part of our family of faith, to join us, in dedicating yourself to a week of corporate prayer and three weeks of corporate fasting.
We would like for you to consider the continuation of the spiritual discipline of fasting. We would like to you to consider fasting the first Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of each month.
Fasting is like spring-cleaning for our body!
Fasting keeps us sensitive to His Spirit, enabling us to live holy.
Fasting is what prepares us for a new anointing.
Types of Fasts
The Bible records many different circumstances, types, and lengths of fasts. Moses, Joshua, Elijah fasted forty days, and Daniel partially fasted twenty-one days. The Bible records the apostle Paul was on at least two fasts: one for three days and one for fourteen days. Peter fasted three days, and, of course, we know that Jesus fasted forty days in the wilderness.
The three types of fasts found in Scripture are the (1) absolute fast, (2) the normal fast, and (3) the partial fast.
An absolute fast is extreme and should be done only for very short periods. On an absolute fast, you take in nothing—no food, no water. Depending on your health, this fast should be attempted only with medical consultation and supervision.
A normal fast, you typically go without food of any kind for a certain number of days. You do drink water, and plenty of it! Depending on the length of the normal fast, you may also choose to take clear broth and juices in order to maintain your strength.
A partial fast can be interpreted many ways. A partial fast usually involves giving up particular foods and drink for an extended period.
The most commonly used example of a partial fast is found in the Book of Daniel. In the beginning of his captivity in Babylon, Daniel and his three companions refused to eat the choice meats and sweets from the king’s table, asking instead to have only vegetables and water. They did this for ten days to prove that they would be just as healthy as the king’s men. Later, in chapter 10, grieved over the plight of Israel, Daniel began another partial fast, taking no sweets, no meat, and no wine for three weeks, during which time he was focused in prayer. At the end, his prayer was answered by an angel.
The duration of fasts can vary. There are significant numbers we find in the Bible, which include three days, seven days, twenty-one days, and forty days. However, there are also references to half-day fasts and twenty-four-hour fasts. We are asking you to join Bellefontaine First Family for a three week fast.
Pastor John and Barb are committing to Daniel fast the first Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of each month throughout 2020.
“Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savor: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honor.” Eccl 10:1 KJV
Our worship and service to God can become polluted by “flies” of sin. As we begin a new year, we want to renew our commitment to walk in that pure anointing that pierces hearts, breaks yokes, delivers from bondages, and heals the sick. It is time to get rid of the “flies” in your business, your marriage, your mind, your house. Those “flies” cannot stand the power of the Holy Ghost and the intimacy of the presence of Jesus that comes from an extended period of time bombarding heaven.
His rewards are waiting to be released! What are we waiting for?
Can you forgo that Snickers bar in the afternoon to be delivered from a recurring sin?
In order to have more of the presence of Jesus in your life, can you drink water instead of sugary, caffeinated drinks for forty days?
Do you want to do more than just swat at those flies of doubt and confusion that inundate your thoughts?
Do you want breakthrough personally, for your family, for our church, and for the community we have been called to reach?
We believe as we join in prayer and fasting God will open the heavens, break chains, and accelerate His Kingdom activity in our midst.
The Best is yet to Come!
Pastor John and Barb
PRAYER IS THE KEY!
Bellefontaine First Family values prayer!
Each Sunday morning we gather from 9:45 to 10:15 AM for prayer and and we have also set aside the second Sunday of each month from 6:30-7:30 PM for a season of prayer!