Making room to pray . . . and fast

Join us this Thanksgiving in a fast from criticism!

The goal of our fast?

That the Lord would do such a deep work in our hearts that the words that come out of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts would be acceptable Him. (Psalm 19:4)

How will we fast?

This in a personal fast.
From October 1 – October 7 (the week before Thanksgiving) decide that you will not criticize (even in your thoughts) anyone about anything.
Follow the prayer prompts we’ll post on this page and keep a journal about your experience.
If you’d like to – let us know how your fast went. Reach out to us on Facebook or send us an email.

When we commit to fast and seek God, He responds in ways that we can only credit to Him (Erza 8).

Thoughts and Teachings on Fasting


Why Fast?
(an introduction to biblical fasting. From Baptist Women staff.)

Ditch Your Stuff: Fasting From Distractions
(written by Linda Ellsworth, author of our theme Bible studies for live magazine)


Fasting: Hungering For God
(an overview; Biblical foundations for fasting and some wise how-tos.
From Mike Wilkins, a GTA pastor with Baptist roots.)

Why Fast? Just Because
(the first in a series of blogs by Renee James on her experience of fasting since mid-February 2018)

Adjusting The Margins
(the second in Renee’s series on her experience of fasting)

Resources on Fasting

Fasting: Spiritual Freedom Beyond Our Appetites by Lynne M. Baab (2006 | IVP)
a biblically accurate, accessible primer that unpacks how and why fasting is relevant to us today

Fasting by Scot McKnight (2009 | Thomas Nelson)
fasting as response (not for results)
when we fast we respond, with our bodies, to serious and sacred moments in our lives

Fast Friends | The Amazing Power of Friendship, Fasting and Prayer
by Suzanne Niles and Wendy Simpson (2015| Broadstreet)
what happens when two friends obey God’s prompt to fast, together
(Niles is the public relations and media representative for The Salvation Army Vision Network)