21 DAYS OF PRAYER AND FASTING

Our 2023 season of Prayer and Fasting will kick off on the 9th of January 2023, and not the 3rd as earlier announced. This should provide a little extra runway in the new year to get our various congregations ready for the fast.

Worth noting is that next year, in addition to our Liquid Fast, we are calling our congregation to a Social Media fast as well, as we clear our minds and reduce the clutter as we wait on God. 

Our early morning prayers resume with the fast. For the first week of the fast, 9-14 January, we congregate as the Mavuno movement to have early morning prayers between 4:30am – 5:30am (EAT). 

HOW TO FAST EFFECTIVELY

DEMYSTIFYING A LIQUID FAST

There are different types of fasts one can engage in. Just like last year, Mavuno Church encourages as many as are able, to consider undertaking a Liquid Fast – where one skips all solid meals, and partakes only in water and select juices.

What does it take, though, to successfully manage a liquid fast? How does one prepare for it, both spiritually and mentally? What happens to the body when one does a liquid fast, and what should one expect as they go through this?

This simple yet very powerful guide, answers those questions. Please be keen to have a read through as you consider to, and engage in the liquid fast.

DEMYSTIFYING A LIQUID FAST
Each time one chooses to fast, there are different types of fasts they can engage in. This time around, Mavuno Church is encouraging as many of us are as able, to consider undertaking a Liquid Fast – where one skips all solid meals, and partakes only in water and select juices.

What does it take, though, to successfully manage a liquid fast? How does one prepare for it, both spiritually and mentally? What happens to the body when one does a liquid fast, and what should one expect as they go through this?

This simple yet very powerful guide, answers many of those questions. Please have a read through even as you consider and engage in the liquid fast.

7 FAQs ABOUT FASTING

  • What is Fasting?

    Fasting is the voluntary abstaining from food and/or drink for the purpose of seeking a deeper spiritual experience with God.

  • Why Do People Fast?

    There are many reasons why people fast, Here are but a few:

    – To bring Gods power of intervention into difficult situations of our lives

    – To release the Spirit of God to revive us spiritually

    – To seek repentance on behalf of ourselves or others

  • So Does The Bible Really Encourage People To Fast?

    There are numerous Bible portions that exhort people to fast. Jesus, speaking in Matthew 6:17 starts by saying “When you fast…” making clear that the expectation was that Gods people ARE fasting. Moses (Exodus 34:28), Esther (Esther 4:16), Daniel (Daniel 9) and even Jesus (Matthew 4:2) and Paul (Acts 9:18-19) all took time to fast. Other useful references are Judges 20:26-28, Joel 2:12, Jonah 3:5-10, Acts 13:1-3, among many others.

  • Are there different types of fasts?

    Generally, there are different types of fasts.

    • PARTIAL FAST – When you opt to abstain from food for certain times/parts of the day
    • DAY FASY – When you skip meals all through the day and chose to have one meal a day each evening
    • LIQUID FAST – When you skip all meals of the day and opt to only partake of water and (non-citric) juices
  • OK, so Which Fast Is Mavuno Doing?

    As a community, we are calling on as many of us as can to consider engaging in the “Liquid Fast”, where we will abstain from all meals for a 7-day period, and only partake of water and non-citric juices.

    However, if for one reason or another you are unable to join us for the liquid fast (e.g. say for medical reasons or nursing mothers), we encourage that you adopt an alternative fast (like social media, etc)

  • So is Fasting Always Accompanied By Prayer?

    Fasting on its own, though beneficial physically, does very little spiritually. To unlock the full extent of Gods power in our lives, we need to be waiting on him in prayer. Choosing to fast and not prayer is akin to a hunger strike, where both the body and the spirit are starved.

  • Is There A Guide I Can Use For This?

    Yes. Mavuno has created a simple prayer plan that can guide you through the month of May. It details a number of prayer points for each day, as well as some portions of Bible Reading that can help enrich your spiritual experience. You can download the PRAYER GUIDE HERE, and/or find daily prayer points on our various social media handles.

    Once you have your guide, we advise that you position it in a prominent place where you can refer to it on a daily basis.

  • videos

    Here is a really useful video we encourage you to watch and share. It helps give some pertinent information and tips on how to go about fasting

    HOW TO PRAY EFFECTIVELY – practically breaks down the fasting process so you know what to expect each day

    Here are some useful tips:

    • Ask a friend or your Life-Group to help keep you accountable to your times of prayer and fasting

    • Ensure you set aside ample time to be alone with God. Convert the times you would otherwise be eating to times devoted not to other activities, but to prayer

    • During the fast, expect to hear from God and long for and anticipate change. God will always meet you at your level of expectation

    • Avoid strenuous physically exercise or activity especially during a long fast

    • Break your fast gradually. Start by taking fluids and light meals until your body adjusts

    JOIN YOUR NETWORK FOR EARLY MORNING PRAYERS

    Early each morning between 4:30 and 5:30am (EAT), we will be gathering in our respective church networks for a time of communal prayer, and waiting on God together.

    CONTACT

    Mavuno Church
    P.O Box 27584-00506
    Nairobi, Kenya
    (+254) 720-051763
    Info@mavunochurch.org

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