Every Friday this summer at Big Valley Grace Community Church, we want to join together in the spiritual discipline of fasting & prayer as a church family. Each Friday as we fast, we will be directing our prayers toward a different need; for our personal lives, for our church family, and for our community and government. Our first day of fasting & prayer will be Friday, June 5.
Each week we will provide an updated prayer focus and an encouraging video from the pastoral staff at Big Valley Grace.
“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. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 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 (NIV)
Fasting is a spiritual discipline that is taught in the Bible. Jesus expected His followers to fast, and He said that God rewards fasting. Fasting, according to the Bible, means to voluntarily reduce or eliminate your intake of food for a specific time and purpose.
Before participating in a fast, it may be necessary to consult your doctor beforehand to make sure there are not medical reasons why it would be harmful to change your diet, even on a short-term basis. Persons who should NOT fast without professional supervision are those who:
• Are too thin or prone to anorexia or bulimia
• Suffer weakness or anemia
• Have tumors, bleeding ulcers, cancer, blood disorders or heart disease
• Have chronic problems with kidneys, liver, lungs, or heart
• Are on insulin for diabetes or are hypoglycemic
• Are pregnant or nursing