Prayer is two-way communication between God and us. Prayer includes worship, thanks, asking for help and guidance, and listening for God’s answers. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we have asked of him.” (1 John 5:14)
Intercession is praying behind the scenes on behalf of others. It is doing spiritual battle for someone until there is break through. Someone with supernatural grace as an intercessor will often spend hours in intense prayer for others without noticing time has gone by. They are relentless that God will prevail and be glorified.
Fasting is giving up something for a season to focus fully on God and His intent for you as you pray. It is best to let God call you to fast and for Him to guide you into what you should remove from your life for your good and His glory. If we fast without His empowerment, we will fail in our own strength and give the enemy an opportunity to discourage us. Fasting is not manipulating God, nor pummeling Him into changing His mind about something. He is God and we are not. He sees the future and we do not. He is loving, kind, generous, and wise. Without His direction, we are likely doing it to perform rather than build our relationship with Him. Get your doctor’s permission to fast if you are being treated for any health condition or unsure whether you should fast.
This fast calls for drinking only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.
This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, or bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.
This fast is sometimes called the Jewish Fast and involves abstaining from eating any type of food in the morning and afternoon. This can either correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown.
This fast is common for those who do not have much experience fasting food, who have health issues that prevent them from fasting food, or who wish to refocus certain areas of their life that are out of balance. For instance, someone might select to abstain from using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast, and then choose to carefully bring that element back into their life in an orderly fashion at the conclusion of the fast.
*All campuses will meet at Fredericksburg location on Saturday the 28th.