The Journey to Easter: Four Days of Prayer and Fasting
Discover a spiritual discipline that could radically change your faith journey.
As we journey to Easter together as a church, it marks a significant moment in the Christian faith that pushes us to reflect on the life and power of Jesus in a different kind of way. A chance to slow down, pause, and think about the sacrifice Jesus made for each one of us on the cross. An opportunity to look for a different kind of encounter with Jesus as we journey to the resurrection.
This year, as we journey to Easter together, we’re going to try something different as we look to reflect, pause, and anticipate a different kind of encounter with Jesus. We will take part in a 4-day journey of prayer and fasting in the week leading up to Good Friday and Easter.
Many of you are likely familiar with prayer (if you’re not, Carey Nieuwhof, our Founding Pastor, shared a great message on how to pray that you can check out here). However, you’re likely not as familiar with the idea of fasting.
Biblical fasting, the kind of fasting we’re going to do as a church, is different from fasting for health reasons and is actually a spiritual practice that the wider church has participated in since the days of the Old Testament. Fasting is about replacing something we would normally do or use or eat with something else; something more remarkable, even more significant, something supernatural. When we fast, we deny ourselves things we love for something we love even more. Sometimes we even surrender something we know has replaced God in our lives in order to connect with him more.
Fasting is an opportunity to abstain from the natural to discover the supernatural. It helps us to:
- Prepare our hearts
- Develop our relationship with Jesus
- Focus our prayer.
Fasting with prayer is a way for you to demonstrate your need for God to intervene miraculously, a united cry to God, declaring His power and your trust in Him. Prayer connects you to God; fasting disconnects you from the world.
As we head into Easter, we want to encounter God, and we want to pray for those around us who wouldn’t normally attend church - that they would encounter God too.
Below you will find some FAQs and helpful resources if you’re new to the idea of fasting. Let’s jump in on the journey to Easter as we anticipate that God will move in a special way!
Frequently asked questions:
Scriptures on fasting:
Matthew 6:31-33 NLT
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”
Romans 12:1-2 NLT
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Matthew 6:16-18 NLT
“And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get. But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face. Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.”
Matthew 4:4 NLT
But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”