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Fasting Guide


2019 Corporate Fast

January 1st - 20th

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Fasting Guide


2019 Corporate Fast

January 1st - 20th

2019 Corporate prayer & fasting

january 1st - 20th


Together, we'll be fasting and praying for God to shape our lives, families, and church more fully around the life and message of Jesus.  We will do this while reading through the Gospel of John.


 

Fasting Dates

  • January 1st - 20th, 2019

Food/Beverages (6am – 6pm)*

  • Fruits & Vegetables

  • Salads (no meat)

  • Juice & Water

  • Duration:  6 am – 6pm daily

*Consult your doctor to make sure this restricted diet is safe for you.

Media (24/7)

  • No Television, Netflix, YouTube, etc.

  • No social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn, etc.)

  • Duration:  24/7 until the end of the fast

Daily Prayer & Readings

 

FASTING BASICS

Fasting is the practice of abstaining from something for a spiritual purpose.

Fasting, by definition, is abstaining from something for a spiritual purpose.  It is different from dieting in that the goal is to re-focus and re-align your heart and attention toward God.  According to Matthew 6, Jesus says that fasting - like prayer and giving - grows your relationship with God.  If practiced with humility, fasting will increase your sensitivity to God's voice and allow you to connect more deeply with God's work within and around you. 

Experiencing hunger while fasting is normal; take any signs of hunger as a cue to turn your heart toward God in prayer.  A good way to practice fasting is to pray and read during the times you usually eat or engage with media.  A Prayer & Reading Guide has been provided as your personal companion for the journey.  

To learn more about the spiritual discipline of fasting, check out the Resources on Fasting page.

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Week 1: Prayer & Reading Guide


Week 1: 

Prayer & Reading Guide

CENTER OUR LIVES AROUND JESUS

Week 1: Prayer & Reading Guide


Week 1: 

Prayer & Reading Guide

CENTER OUR LIVES AROUND JESUS

Week 1 – Center our Lives Around Jesus

Weekly Corporate Prayer:  Pray for Hillendale's people.  Pray that we all, as individuals, would grow in surrendering and shaping our lives according to the life and teachings of Jesus.


January 1st

Personal Prayer/Reflection:  (Spiritual) 

Am I closer to God today than I was this time last year?

Bible Reading:  John 1

 

January 2nd

Personal Prayer/Reflection:  (Spiritual) 

What is my spiritual growth plan for 2019?

Bible Reading:  John 2

 

January 3rd

Personal Prayer/Reflection:  (Spiritual) 

Have I scheduled my Sabbaths (days of rest) for January?  All of 2019?

Bible Reading:  John 3

 

January 4th

Personal Prayer/Reflection:  (Emotional) 

What drained me emotionally last year?  What fills me emotionally?

Bible Reading:  John 4

 

January 5th

Personal Prayer/Reflection:  (Emotional) 

Is there anyone whose forgiveness I need to seek or anyone that I need to forgive?

Bible Reading:  John 5

 

January 6th

Personal Prayer/Reflection:  (Personal) 

Where is the clutter / disorder in my life?

Bible Reading:  John 6

 

January 7th

Personal Prayer/Reflection:  (Personal) 

How can I correct the clutter / disorder in my life?

Bible Reading:  John 7

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Week 2: Prayer & Reading Guide


Week 2: 

Prayer & Reading Guide

CENTER OUR FAMILIES AROUND JESUS

Week 2: Prayer & Reading Guide


Week 2: 

Prayer & Reading Guide

CENTER OUR FAMILIES AROUND JESUS

Week 2 – Center our Families Around Jesus

Weekly Corporate Prayer:  Pray for Hillendale's families, that we would all place Jesus - his life and teachings - at the center of our daily rhythms of home life.


January 8th

Personal Prayer/Reflection: (Relational)

Single Person:  Rate yourself on maximizing your singleness for kingdom impact.  Would I rate my singless a 10?  Would my closest friends?  If it's not a 10 ask this question, "What would it take in 2019 to make it a 10?"

Married Person:  Would I rate my marriage a 10?  Would my spouse (you might want to ask over a nice dinner)?  If it’s not a 10 ask this question, “What would it take in 2019 to make it a 10?” 

Bible Reading:  John 8

 

January 9th

Personal Prayer/Reflection: (Relational)

Single Person:  Who are the children in my life (natural or spiritual)?  Would I rate my parenting a 10 for each child?  If it's not a 10 ask this question, "What would it take in 2019 to make it a 10?"

Married Person:  Who are the children in my life (natural or spiritual)?  Would I rate my parenting a 10 for each child?  If it's not a 10 ask this question, "What would it take in 2019 to make it a 10?" 

Bible Reading:  John 9

 

January 10th

Personal Prayer/Reflection:  (Relational) 

Single Person:  Have I scheduled my time away for recreation and spiritual retreat in January?  For 2019?

Married Person:  Have I scheduled my date nights for January?  For 2019?

Bible Reading:  John 10

 

January 11th

Personal Prayer/Reflection:  (Physical) 

How much do I weigh?  Is that OK?

Bible Reading:  John 11

 

January 12th

Personal Prayer/Reflection:  (Physical) 

Do I have a Physical scheduled between now and March 31?

Bible Reading:  John 12

 

January 13th

Personal Prayer/Reflection:  (Physical) 

What’s my major physical focus area for 2019?

Bible Reading:  John 13

 

January 14th

Personal Prayer/Reflection:  (Financial)

Are my finances in order?

Bible Reading:  John 14

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Week 3: Prayer & Reading Guide


Week 3: 

Prayer & Reading Guide

CENTER OUR CHURCH AROUND JESUS

Week 3: Prayer & Reading Guide


Week 3: 

Prayer & Reading Guide

CENTER OUR CHURCH AROUND JESUS

Week 3 – Center our Church Around Jesus

Weekly Corporate Prayer:  Pray for Hillendale to center it's life and mission around the person and priorities of Jesus.  Pray that we represent Jesus in how we live and in what we value as a ministry.


January 15th

Personal Prayer/Reflection:  (Financial)

Are my personal spending preferences being prioritized above my tithes and offerings?

Bible Reading:  John 15

 

January 16th

Personal Prayer/Reflection:  (Financial)

Should I make a new year's sacrificial offering to my church?

Bible Reading:  John 16

 

January 17th

Personal Prayer/Reflection:  (Intellectual)

How am I growing as a thinking Christian?

Bible Reading:  John 17

 

January 18th

Personal Prayer/Reflection:  (Intellectual)

What are my reading goals for 2019?

Bible Reading:  John 18

 

January 19th

Personal Prayer/Reflection:  (Calling)

What aspect of my calling caused me the most stress last year?
How am I going to fix that in 2019?

Bible Reading:  John 19

 

January 20th

Personal Prayer/Reflection:  (Calling)

What is my calling?

Bible Reading:  John 20-21

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Resources on Fasting


Resources on Fasting

Resources on Fasting


Resources on Fasting

Resources on Fasting

These resources are provided to help you learn more about fasting so that you can begin practicing the spiritual discipline of fasting both during this fast and during the remainder of the year when you decide to fast on your own.


FASTING BASICS

Fasting is the practice of abstaining from something for a spiritual purpose.

Fasting, by definition, is abstaining from something for a spiritual purpose.  It is different from dieting in that the goal is to re-focus and re-align your heart and attention toward God.  According to Matthew 6, Jesus says that fasting - like prayer and giving - grows your relationship with God.  If practiced with humility, fasting will increase your sensitivity to God's voice and allow you to connect more deeply with God's work within and around you. 

Experiencing hunger while fasting is normal; take any signs of hunger as a cue to turn your heart toward God in prayer.  A good way to practice fasting is to pray and read during the times you usually eat or engage with media.  A Prayer & Reading Guide has been provided as your personal companion for the journey.


Audio Teaching on Fasting

This is a clear, fun, and practical teaching on fasting.  Listen, enjoy, and grow!

Pastor Gareth shared a teaching series on discovering God’s will that included an entire message on the power of fasting. The message in that series is called “Sensitivity Training.” Follow the link to listen!


Books on Fasting

Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough
$14.99
By Elmer L. Towns