The Pentecostals of Alexandria is a church founded upon prayer and fasting. Several times throughout the year we set aside a special time of corporate fasting. Why? Jentezen Franklin, in his book, Fasting, states: “Fasting is a constant means of renewing yourself spiritually. The discipline of fasting breaks you out of the world’s routine. It is a form of worship – offering your body to God as a living sacrifice is holy and pleasing to God.” (See Romans 12:1). Fasting is so much more than just abstaining from certain foods or beverages. Fasting is setting aside things – such as food or other lifestyle items – in order to position yourself to draw closer to God. Fasting enables us to shift our focus from the physical to the spiritual. It enables us to experience God on a different and deeper level, to hear His voice more clearly, and to more readily follow His direction.
Our spring corporate fast will begin April 9 and end April 28.
Pastor is requesting that all who are able, participate in a Daniel Fast during this time.
Before You Fast
Preparing for the Daniel Fast is important; you will want to plan ahead. Plan menus, gather recipes, and purchase food items. Failure comes many times simply because of a lack of planning. Having the foods you will need in advance will ensure a successful and less stressful fast. Another important way to prepare for the fast is to prepare yourself physically. Before you begin the Daniel Fast, gradually decreasing your caffeine and processed sugar intake a week or two before the fast will allow your body to adjust more easily to your change in diet.
If you have health concerns, please consult your doctor prior to beginning any type of food fast. Explain to your doctor what you would like to do, and follow his/her instructions. This is especially important if you have a physical condition that is affected by your food intake, have any type of chronic illness, and/or are taking any kind of prescription medications. If you are physically unable to participate in the corporate Daniel Fast, please do not feel guilty. Instead, find something besides food to give up for 21 days. The main thing is that you participate in some way in this corporate fast along with your church family. The power of a corporate fast binds us together in unity.
Fasting Guidelines for Children
Infants and small children should NOT fast. Older children can participate in a fast by choosing a food they usually have each day (cookies, candy, favorite snack, etc.) and giving that up during the fast. The important thing is to explain to them that we are giving up something for the purpose of focusing on God.