Prayer and fasting are important spiritual practices for our growth as a disciple of Jesus. See how and why we fast and descriptions of different types of fasting below. 

We are starting the new year by participating in 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting with our global Foursquare family. This year's theme is "Praying the Word" using the Bible passages in the Life Journal Reading Plan. 

You are invited to join us by fasting the way God leads you from January 8-28, and praying through the scriptures in the Life Journal Reading Plan. 

Order a journal HERE |  See January readings HERE  |  Journaling Group Info

Please send any questions or testimonies of what God is doing in your lives to

Why Do We Fast?

Biblical fasting has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose, the intentional setting aside of self to focus on God and His presence and plans for you. Typically, abstaining from something for the purpose of worship and prayer. It also enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for the growth He desires to bring into our lives, as well as in the lives of those around us. There are many reasons to fast and a variety of ways to implement this important spiritual practice.  

Link to read "A Practical Look at the Why and How of Fastingby Bill Gross, culture coach of the Foursquare Church. 

How Do We Fast?

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. We encourage you to participate in 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting, a season of focused prayer as a church family. However, 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, three days, or more; or choose to fast a delicacy or an activity such as social media or television. See below for more details.

Scripture References: Matthew 6:16-18, Matthew 9:14-15, Luke 18:9-14, Acts 27:33-37, Nehemiah 9:1-3

Fasting Types

Partial Fast: This fast involves abstaining from eating any type of food in the morning and afternoon, but eating the evening meal.

Selective Fast: This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet, such as coffee, sweets, etc. Another example is a Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, and bread from your diet and consume fruit and vegetables for food and water and juice for fluids.

Complete Fast: In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option. Typically done for 1-3 days.

Soul Fast: You might choose to stop certain activities such as social media or watching television for the duration of the fast. This is a great option if you don't 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. This can be done in addition to a food fast. 

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