As we draw closer to our 2015 Care Net National Conference, we are inviting our Board of Directors, staff, supporters, and affiliates to join together in a day of prayer and fasting on September 1st. This date marks one week prior to the start of our annual conference, and we would be honored if you would join us as we focus on the following areas:
- Protection for all who will be traveling to and from San Diego
- Blessing upon the keynote and workshop speakers
- Renewed energy and a fresh perspective for all conference attendees
- That those who are supporters of abortion would come to a point of repentance
The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out. It also enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all the good things God desires to bring into our lives.
Remember, your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your body, your options, and, most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.
When it comes to fasting, there is not a one size fits all model. There are many different ways to remove distraction in order to seek God in prayer.
This fast calls for drinking only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.
This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, or bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.
This fast is sometimes called the Jewish Fast and involves abstaining from eating any type of food in the morning and afternoon. This can either correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown.
This fast is common for those who do not have much experience fasting food, who have health issues that prevent them from fasting food, or who wish to refocus certain areas of their life that are out of balance. For instance, someone might select to abstain from using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast, and then choose to carefully bring that element back into their life in an orderly fashion at the conclusion of the fast.
Want to know more about fasting? Cru has two guides to fasting: a personal guide, and 7 step guide. We know God is on the move and we want to be moving with Him! Fasting is one way of heightening our dependence on God (Matthew 4:4). Truly, that is our desire not only for our time in San Diego, but for each day that God has us on the assignment of speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves. Thank you in advance for standing with us in prayer and fasting on September 1st!