From the beginning of Catalyst Church, we have made it a priority to seek God first in prayer. We do this collectively as a church in January and August through 21 Days of Prayer. These two months are intentional, as they begin new seasons of the year. Together, we faithfully seek God first, trusting in His power alone to create lasting impact in our lives, our church, and our world.

Catalyst Church Personal Prayer Guide
Catalyst Church Prayer Playlist

Fasting

The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out. It also enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all the good things God desires to bring into our lives. Remember, your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your body, your options, and, most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.

Types of Fasts

Complete Fast

In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.

Selective Fast

This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, and bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.

Partial Fast

This fast involves abstaining from eating any type of food in the morning and afternoon. This can either correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown.

Soul Fast

This fast is a great option if you do not have much experience fasting food, have health issues that prevent you from fasting food, or if you wish to refocus certain areas of your life that are out of balance. For example, you might choose to stop using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast and then carefully bring that element back into your life in healthy doses at the conclusion of the fast.

Timing of a Fast

At Catalyst, we encourage fasting for 21 days each year in the month of January. This is part of 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting, a season of focused prayer as a church family. You may also choose to fast at other times during the year for your own spiritual development. It’s very typical to fast a single meal, a whole day, or three days or more. The timing of your fast is not as important as the strength of your focus on God as you fast.

Scriptural References

1. Matthew 6:16-18

2. Matthew 9:14-15

3. Luke 18:9-14

4. Acts 27:33-37

5. Nehemiah 9:1-3

Resources on Fasting

Bill Bright's Personal Guide to Prayer and Fasting

Bill Bright's 7 Steps to Successful Fasting and Prayer

Fasting Basics by Jentezen Franklin

Books on Fasting

Fasting by Scot McKnight

God's Chosen Fast by Arthur Wallis

Resources on Prayer

Personal Prayer Guide

Prayer Guide for Children

Catalyst Prayer Playlist

Praying Scriptures

RightNow Media

Bible In One Year

Messages on Prayer

Can You Hear Me Now? Message

Powerful Prayer Message

Books on Prayer

The Life You've Always Wanted by John Ortberg

Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster

Prayer by Tim Keller

Prayer by Richard Foster





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