21 Day Fast

Thank you for responding to the call to fast! Your participation in this corporate UPPERROOM fast will produce results in your own life and the life of our church family for years to come.

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About the Fast

Your participation in this corporate UPPERROOM fast will produce results in your own life and the life of our church family for years to come. The information below is meant to provide a brief overview of fasting and answering questions such as What is fasting? And How do you fast? We want to provide biblical references, stories of Jesus, quotes from church leaders, and a few additional resources for further study. This information is not meant to be an exhaustive study of fasting, nor used as a medical reference. If you have any health concerns or medical needs, you should always consult with your physicians before fasting.

What is Fasting?
“The Bible reveals fasting as a fully desirable, non-religious spiritually dynamic means for intensified seeking of God in prayer. Fasting is the voluntary denial of food for the purpose of humbling the soul before God. It is an action contrary to that first act of sin which was eating what was forbidden. Fasting is refusing to eat what is allowed.” - Jack Hayford

Simply stated, fasting is reducing your intake of or abstaining from food for an established period of time. In the Hebew language, the word fasting at its core meaning depicts the hand covering the mouth. In Greek, the word fasting means to abstain from food.

Fasting is Biblical
The bible includes a long list of people who fasted: Moses the lawgiver (Deuteronomy 9:18), David the King (2 Samuel 12:16), Elijah the prophet (1 Kings 19:8), Esther the Queen (Esther 4:16), Daniel the seer (Daniel 10:3), Anna the prophetess (Luke 2:37), Paul the apostle (Acts 14:23), Jesus the incarnate Son (Matthew 4:2), Jesus taught His disciples about fasting in Matthew 6 just after He had taught them how to pray. In Matthew 6:16 Jesus says, “When you fast..” which establishes His belief that His disciples would fast. This reality is seen in Acts 13 when the church at Antioch engages in a corporate fast which releases Paul and Barnabas unto ministry to the Gentile world. Church history reveals that men like Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox, John Wesley, Jonathan Edwards, David Brainerd, and Charles Finney regularly fasted.

How Do You Fast?
Since fasting is reducing your intake of or abstaining from food for an established period of time, two choices must be made when you fast: what to fast and how long to fast. For this particular corporate UPPERROOM fast, the second question has already been answered, 21 days. The first question must be answered by you. While UPPERROOM leadership is encouraging the community to reduce or abstain from food in some way, fasting is always voluntary and ultimately you will determine what to fast and how long to fast for. 

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