On the first Wednesday of each month members of Emmanuel will have a day of PRAYER and FASTING.  Would you be interested in joining us?

We will be fasting from when we wake until early evening. If you join us, you can plan what would work for you – if Wednesday is inconvenient choose another day. If you prefer to fast from just one meal, or something other than food, go for it!

You can sign up to receive 3 WhatsApp messages on Wednesday: in the morning, lunchtime and early evening. If easier you can receive the messages in one email on Tuesday.

Why are we doing this?

The focus of our prayers will include praying for Emmanuel and our new vicar.

How to join Emmanuel Prayer and Fasting

If you want to join us on the first Wednesday of the month, starting on 6 November, please email prayer@emmanuelcroydon.org.uk, or text your request/name to 07960 604887,  or speak to Alison Lawton.  You will then be included in the email sent on Tuesday or the WhatsApp messages sent on Wednesday.

The first few dates are scheduled for – 6 November, 4 December, 5 February. If you want to fast on New Year’s Day please do your own thing!

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

What is fasting?

Fasting is voluntarily giving up something we normally consume or do, so that we can increase our focus on God. Most commonly, fasting is linked to food and can mean not eating, or giving up a specific food for a period of time. It doesn’t have to be related to food. If food is an inappropriate fast for you, then there are many other (sometimes more challenging) ways to deny yourself, such as:

  • Television
  • Your phone
  • Social media
  • Speaking
  • Sleep (getting up early)

Fasting is an act of worship – we show Jesus that we love him more than the thing we give up.

 Why fast?

  • Fasting is biblical.
  • Jesus assumes that his followers will fast. He says “when you fast”.
  • There is power in denying ourselves to seek God. Fasting connects us to Him and gives strength to our prayers.

Practical notes about fasting

  • If fasting food, it is suggested that you start small. Maybe fast for one meal, then build up to 2 meals. You may wish to fast from when you wake until early evening. Not eating breakfast and lunch but having an evening meal. And drinking throughout the day.
  • Plan what you will do in the time you create.
  • Each fast should have a specific spiritual purpose. Identify what that is and design a focus to replace the time you would have spent eating. Without a purpose and plan, it’s not Christian fasting; it’s just going hungry.
  • For health reasons total food fasts for a day or more aren’t recommended for anyone under 16, expectant or breast-feeding mothers, or anyone with a medical disorder affected by diet like Diabetes.
  • We also recommend that food fasts should not be entered into by anyone with a history of eating disorders.
  • Fasting should be a positive dedication to God, so think carefully about your motivation for fasting before committing to it.