Call to Fast 2010

By Pastor Charles J. Southall, III |  September 17, 2010

October 13, 2010 will mark the beginning of 40 days of fasting and prayer for FEBC as we seek God’s Will for us and our church.  Be aware This is not an exercise of self-righteousness, nor is it to a display of pride or shame.  But rather we are simply yielding to GOD while denying self for 40 days of meditation. and prayer that will serve as. the unifying spiritual foundation for us as we begin to prepare the renewed strategic plan for our congregation.

The Focus of Fasting:
Too often, the focus of fasting is on the lack of food. Instead, the purpose of fasting should be to take your eyes off the things of this world to focus completely on God. Fasting is a way to demonstrate to God, and to ourselves, that we are serious about our relationship with Him. Fasting helps us gain a new perspective and a renewed reliance upon God.

By taking our eyes off the things of this world, we can more successfully turn our attention to Christ. Fasting is not a way to get God to do what we want. Fasting changes us, not God. Fasting is not a way to appear more spiritual than others. Fasting is to be done in a spirit of humility with a joyful attitude. Matthew 6:16-18 declares, “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

Some things to remember about Fasting:
 Fasting is a spiritual discipline and devotional practice
 You don't need to fast to be saved
 Sufferings caused by fasts are not an excuse for being grouchy, stingy, or rude.
 Fasts are between yourself and God. The relationship between you and God is the point of a fast.

Why Fast?
The benefit includes having a closer relationship with God, our Father, who created us.
During this time of prayer and fasting, we will seek God continually in eager expectation of tangible manifestations of breakthroughs in our midst. We stand in faith believing that It is breakthrough Time!

A Note on Fasting
Since ancient times, fasting or abstaining from something (not health threatening )along with a simotaneous season of prayer has been a spiritual discipline that believers have practiced for strengthening their relationship with God, direction in decision making, power to break certain habits or to resist the attack of the enemy, healing for the body and mind, adoption of healthier lifestyles, and as a support and an aid in prayer while certain request are being laid before Our Lord ...

It's Breakthrough Time