Called to Fast

“Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from him a safe journey for ourselves, our children, and all our goods. 22 For I was ashamed to ask the king for a band of soldiers and horsemen to protect us against the enemy on our way, since we had told the king, “The hand of our God is for good on all who seek him, and the power of his wrath is against all who forsake him.” 23 So we fasted and implored our God for this, and he listened to our entreaty.”
— Ezra 8:21-23

We, the faith fellowship of Thelma Baptist Church, have been called to a fast. Like God's people of old, we must together seek Him, for, "The hand of our God is for good on all who seek him..."

What is a fast?

Fasting is a spiritual discipline that combines a putting off of self (going without food for a period of time) with a time of deliberate, intense seeking of God. It could be described as "turbo-charging" one's prayer life.

“Fasting is the abstinence from food with a spiritual goal in mind or for a spiritual purpose.”
— Ronnie Floyd - FBC Springdale, AK

Why should I fast?

Everyone needs a heart check every now and then. Fasting is a great way to renew one's commitment to following Christ. It has the power to strengthen that which is weak, restore what has been lost, provide hope to the hopeless, and direction to the aimless. It serves to refresh and renew both individuals and the body of Christ corporately.

About our fast

The corporate fast for Thelma Baptist Church will be April 12-14, 2017. We will begin the fast together with a light meal on Wednesday April 12, and break the fast together on Good Friday (April 14) at our Good Friday worship service. Participation is completely voluntary and between you and God. Please seek the Lord and do as He leads you.

Spiritual Considerations

  • Answer God's call to fast
  • Have a predetermined length of fast (April 12-14)
  • Have specific reasons in mind - What are you seeking from God in this endeavor?
  • Confess Sin - Sin is our greatest barrier to discerning the will of God in our lives. Search your heart, be honest before God, and confess sins specifically
  • Absorb mass quantities of scripture - the object of a fast is not to experience hunger or discomfort... the objective is to put aside the natural desires of the flesh and fully devote yourself to feeding your spirit. There is no better way to nourish the spirit than to spend time in God's word.
  • Journal - Write things down. It will help with your attention span during the process, and give you something to reflect on later.
  • Pray out loud, get on your knees, walk around, or something - in other words, if you want this experience to be different from the usual prayer time, then do things differently. Shake things up a little.

More information is forthcoming about this. In the meantime, please pray and seek the Lord. If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact us.