Fasting is willing abstinence from food for a period of time. It is one of the most abused and least used of all the practices of Jesus. Yet, for millennia, it was a core practice of following Jesus. We live in a culture not only of food but of excess, luxury, and addiction. For so many of us, the desires of our bodies have come to hold power over us. In the battle with our “flesh,” we have become its slave, not its master.
Why Fast Now?
We encourage fasting for 21 days each year in January at Victory Faith. This is part of 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting, a season of focused prayer as a church family. You may also fast at other times during the year for your spiritual development. It’s typical to fast a single meal, a whole day, or three days or more. The timing of your fast is not as important as the strength of your focus on God as you fast.
Why Do We Fast?
Pastor Anna goes into great detail to communicate the importance of fasting in the life of a follower of Jesus.
We want to thank our friends at Practicing The Way for providing these great resources on fasting.
Follow along with each part of this practice. We recommend you work through it with others, a small group, a meal with friends or neighbors, your roommates, or whatever works. Transformation happens in community.
Our Relationship to Food, Body, and Image
How do you fast if you’ve had an unhealthy relationship with food? Listen to a conversation on eating disorders, body image, and Jesus’ call to health and wholeness. We have attached an interview with a woman who has overcome an eating disorder and hear how she interacts with fasting now.