FORTIFY (BUILDING STRENGTH FOR A NEW SEASON)
Preparation is key before stepping out into new territories.
Join us this January for FORTIFY – a 21 day prayer and fasting experience, to seek God for strategic direction for the new year. Join hundreds of others from three different churches from across different continents as we wait on God together.
As Mavuno, we are calling as many in our congregations as possible to consider participating in a LIQUID FAST. To read more about this, and learn how to prepare and undertake one, please download this guide HERE.
This year, Mavuno Church in collaboration with The Elevation Church in Nigeria and The District Church in Washington D.C will be joining together for an unprecedented time of seeking God together.
Get ready, as we prepare to call on God together.
To see the complete 21-day prayer guide, visit here. It includes a daily breakdown for each days, complete with prayer points and useful scriptures to read every day.
HOW TO FAST EFFECTIVELY
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.
HOW IT WORKS
During this season of Prayer & fasting, there will be two different ways to engage – both privately and corporately.
PRIVATE PRAYER & FASTING
Each one of us will be called to a season of waiting on God as we pray and fast individually. The fast will run from 6am – 6pm through the 21 days, from the 4th of January 2021, to 24th January. A prayer guide has been made available HERE to provide some leadership during this period.
CORPORATE PRAYER EVENTS
Each weekday through the 21 days, there will be a virtual prayer gathering happening each morning. These prayer gatherings will take place for just 30 minutes each morning between 6:30 – 7 am (EAT). To access the prayers each day, please click here ==> Bit.ly/fortify21 at least 10-15min before the start of the sessions.
Here are some really useful videos we encourage you to watch and share. They help give some pertinent information and tips on how to go about fasting
INVITE – Senior pastor Muriithi Wanjau invites us all to participate
HOW TO PRAY EFFECTIVELY – practically breaks down the 21 day fasting process so you know what to expect each day
13 FAQs ABOUT FASTING
Fasting is the voluntary abstaining from food and/or drink for the purpose of seeking a deeper spiritual experience with God.
There are many reasons why people fast, Here are but a few:
– To bring God’s 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
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.
Generally, there are three types of fasts. The first is the “Normal Fast”, where one abstains from food but takes water. The others are the Partial Fast, where one restricts their diet to only certain portions or types of foods (such as fruit and honey) and the Absolute Fast (or dry fast), where neither food nor water are taken. There are instances where people refrain from certain activities like watching TV or Social media for a season to concentrate on prayer.
As a community, we generally engage in what is called a “Normal Fast”, where we will daily keep ourselves from food from midnight until 6pm.
However, in this season, we are encouraging as many of us as are desperate for God’s intervention, to consider what is known as a “Liquid Fast”. Here, we abstain from all foods and partake only of liquids through both day and night.
NB: However, if you are under a doctor’s care, pregnant, or unable to miss meals for various health reasons, you are still welcome to join the fast by abstaining either from certain foods (e.g. meats, breads, carbonated beverages etc) or even something like social media (remember, the greater the sacrifice, the greater the fast – (for I will not present…offerings to the Lord my God that have cost me nothing – 2 Sam 24:24)
NB: Please note that your participation in the fast is voluntary. Consult your primary health physician for more details.
- Fruit juices without pulp, such as apple or white grape juice
- Organic herbal tea (no sugar)
- Fruit-flavored beverages, such as fruit punch or lemonade.
- Tea or coffee without milk or cream
- Strained tomato or vegetable juice
Fasting requires reasonable precautions.
Consult your doctor first, especially if you take prescription medication or have a chronic ailment or are pregnant.
- Prepare your body. Do not rush into it. Eat smaller meals before starting a fast. Avoid high-fat and sugary foods.
- Eat raw fruit and vegetables for two days before starting a fast.
- Avoid drugs, even natural herbal drugs and homeopathic remedies. (Medication should be withdrawn only with your physician’s supervision)
- Exercise only moderately.
- Prepare yourself for temporary mental discomforts, such as impatience, crankiness, and anxiety.
Break an extended water fast with fruit such as watermelon, while continuing to drink fruit or vegetable juices. Add a salad or potatoes to your meal gradually.
Gradually return to regular eating with several small snacks during the first few days. Advance to a few tablespoons of solid foods such as raw fruits and vegetables or a raw salad and baked potato.
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.
Yes. Mavuno has created a simple prayer plan that can guide you through the month of January 2021. 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 pick a prayer guide in church on Sunday or find daily prayer points on our social media pages.
Our desire is to make the prayer points as readily accessible as possible by using every platform at our disposal. We advise that you place the prayer guide in a prominent place where you can refer to it on a daily basis.
We encourage you, as much as is possible, to start on the 4th of January 2021.
However, if for some reason you are late, you can start fasting on the day when you see this guide. Depending on your own desire for God’s intervention in your life, you can then craft your level of engagement. You could decide to pick up from the date you start, and simply complete the stipulated days with the rest of Mavuno, or choose to start from day one and simply count out 21 days from that date.
Again, it all depends on how hungry you are for a God encounter.
- Fasting is NOT a Crash Diet. The spiritual practice of fasting is not primarily about the health benefits, weight loss or detoxing. Although these may be beneficial, the primary focus of fasting is prayer and devotion to God.
- Fasting is NOT at the detriment of our health. Please get medical advice where and if necessary. If you’re planning an extended fast, or if you are expecting, nursing, diabetic, or have a physical condition that depends on a regular diet, talk to your doctor before starting your fast.
- Fasting is NOT just for fanatics. Jesus taught his disciples saying “when you fast” not “IF” you fast (Matt 6:16-18). This is spiritual practice for any Christian.
- Fasting is NOT about earning God’s acceptance. We cannot use fasting as a way to impress God and earn His acceptance. We start with acceptance. We are made acceptable to God simply through the work of Jesus Christ, not our fasting skills.
- Fasting is NOT twisting God’s Arm. Fasting is not some strange spiritual bribe we pay that makes God give us what we want in prayer. Instead of fasting to try to get God to respond to our requests, we should fast to respond to God’s requests.
- 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
When you fast, you need to be aware that the enemy will try to distract you from spending time in prayer. Such distractions often come in the form of unusual busyness, irritability and anger, arguing and relationship strains but might take other forms as well. Be on the watch for such signs and share with your prayer partner immediately to feel that way and turn it into a prayer.
Remember: “When we finish a fast, we cool into tempered Christians, strong with self-control. The dross and cinders of our lustful cravings are skimmed off…fasting produces a work of art – the tempered selfless Christian can be created through no other process of refinement” – Bill Bright