During this season of lent on March 2nd- April 10th, we are asking our Cary First family to enter into a time of fasting as we seek the presence of God in our lives. Fasting helps us to refocus on the most important thing in our lives. It brings us into a deeper, more intimate, and more powerful relationship with the Lord. Fasting reveals the things that control us. It expresses our pain, our pride, and our anger.

During this time may we become so desperate for the presence of God in our lives that we hunger and thirst for nothing else but God alone.

Choose to fast from anything that is a substitute for God in your life. A few examples that you can fast from include food, social media, and TV.

What is Fasting?

Fasting is the intentional practice of giving up food or something else for a specified
period of time in order to focus our thoughts on God. While fasting, it is common practice to spend time reading scripture, praying, and worshiping God.

Why we should Fast?

The purpose of a biblical fast is to desire greater companionship with God. Typically
those who desire to fast will go without food, or specific types of food, for a set period of time. Fasting is not limited to food. Fasting can include things such as social media, television, video games or favorite hobbies. Fasting involves the willingness to give up something of personal value to draw to closer to God. By taking our eyes off the things of this world, we can more successfully turn our attention to Christ.

How we should Fast?

Fasting should be done for an intentional period of time. It is not designed to punish our
body or diminish our pleasure. Fasting is a strategic plan that focuses us on drawing closer to God.

Here are a few scriptures to help you get started in your prayer and fasting time:

Psalms 42

Psalm 63

Psalm 145

Jeremiah 33:13

1 Chronicle 16:11

Luke 8:14

Mark 4:19

Ephesians 1:17-19

Ephesians 3:20-21

Let’s pray for the fullness of God’s presence with all his wisdom and purifying power.