APRIL 3 - APRIL 7
Fasting and Prayer is laced into the fabric, DNA and foundation of Jubilee Christian Church. Everything we do begins and ends with communication with the Father. We believe that when we join together in prayer and fasting, we are given great access to the knowledge and wisdom of heaven. Join us from April 3 through April 7 as we fast and pray together.
What is Fasting?
Fasting is to voluntarily abstain from eating/drinking for an extended period of time. “Eating” and “drinking” can represent anything that is holding you back. What do you “consume” in terms of social food, intellectual food, spiritual food, and emotional food? Are these things distracting you from your relationship with God? Fasting brings you into a deeper, more intimate and powerful relationship with the Lord. Fasting transforms prayer into a richer, more personal experience and draws you closer to God. (James 4:8)
Ways to Participate
Fruits & Vegetables Only
Apples, peaches, berries, grapes, pineapples, oranges, bananas, melons etc. (fresh/raw, frozen, dried, juiced or canned in their own juice, not syrup)
Squash, lettuce, spinach, carrots, kale, broccoli, asparagus, cabbage, greens, corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes, etc. (fresh/raw, frozen, dried or canned)
Prepare Your Mind
Make a decision and stick to it. Remember new beginnings require new decisions. Decide that you are going to commit to these 21 days no matter what. If you fall off or make a forgetful mistake, make the decision to start again. Make up in your mind that you are going to do what you say you are going to do. This is half the battle. Then, decide when and where you will meet with God. Decide what and when you will eat, and how you will spend your time differently. Remember, fasting is about growing closer to God. Find intentional ways to spend time with Him throughout your days.
Prepare Your Body
When you fast, your body eliminates toxins from your system. This can cause mild discomfort such as headaches and irritability, especially during withdrawal from caffeine and sugars. Naturally, you will have hunger pains. If this is your first time engaging in this type of fast, consider slowly eliminating specific food groups from your diet in the days leading up to the fast or as the fasting season goes on.
Prepare Your Spirit
The atmosphere of expectation is the breeding ground for miracles! As you fast and pray, may your faith be increased as you place greater expectation on God. The closer we get to Him, the more we understand His character. God is a provider, a healer, a creator and a way maker. And He desires to bless you abundantly. Our belief makes way for the miraculous to occur. As you prepare to fast expect an encounter with god that will change your life forever.
• Explain to your family in advance what you are doing and why you might be missing out on meal times.
• Never complain or brag about your fast, and avoid talking about it. (Matthew 6:5)
• Establish an accountability partner for prayer & encouragement. (Proverbs 27:17)
• Stay away from negative people. (Psalm 1)
• Spend as much time as possible alone in prayer. (Matthew 26:36-46)
• Acknowledge that your flesh cannot be trained, but must be crucified. (Galatians 2:20)
• Journal as you pray and meet with the Lord. Write down the miracles God does in your life so that you will always remember. (Psalm 77:11)
Join us for prayer during these days of fasting. Remember fasting goes hand in hand with prayer.
M-F: 6A - 7A
Saturday: 7A - 8A
*All prayers and reflections are streamed on all of the Jubilee Boston social media outlets. (@JubileeBoston)
After Your Fast
Reflect on your fast by asking yourself these questions. Consider journaling your responses.
What are the key lessons learned?
What new habits or disciplines do you want to keep?
What dreams and visions have you seen pertaining to your personal walk with the Lord or your ministry?
Take account of how you feel physically. What may have been difficult to abstain from in the earlier days of your fast may now feel somewhat easier. Maybe you are more energized. Maybe you want to consider continuing to restrict certain foods or food groups from your diet.
Either way, you will want to ease yourself back into your traditional eating habits. It’s often best to start with soup or other soft foods and liquids. Bingeing on fried or fatty foods immediately after a period of fasting may result in you feeling not so great.
Remain steadfast in prayer. Though fasting may occur in specific time increments, the bible urges us to pray without ceasing. Continue to be intentional with the time you spend feeding your spirit. You might consider joining our weekly bible study, gathering with like minded believers in life groups, serving as a ministry volunteer and attending weekly church services.