Many people will be participating in New Life’s 21 day fast through a “Daniel Fast”. This form of partial fasting is based on the life of the biblical character Daniel. If you would like some simple guidelines to help you as you create a fasting plan, here is a brochure from http://danielfast.wordpress.com.
And when you fast…
In Jesus’ mountainous sermon he utters this simple phrase to introduce some brief teaching on the spiritual discipline of fasting. Speaking into an especially religious culture where fasting (abstaining from food for a set period of time) was regularly practiced among the spiritual “elite” he gives concrete direction about how to fast.
But what is easily missed is that short introductory phrase “and when you fast”. By that simple phrase Jesus expresses fasting as a practice that his followers would engage in.
As a church we practice fasting both privately and together. Beginning on January 3rd we’ll be fasting together for 21 days.
If you’d like to get your heart, mind and body ready for this fast, I’d encourage you to read a free pdf edition of John Piper’s book A Hunger For God. I’m reading it (off my Blackberry) and its stirring my heart to be ready for the fast.