What is fasting?
Fasting is a spiritual discipline that has been practiced by Christians for thousands of years. Simply put, fasting is a time in which a Christian intentionally goes without eating in order to devote their time to prayer. Fasting can be one day or multiple, complete or partial, but the purpose is still the same: to seek to align one's heart with God. This practice is so important, Jesus himself fasted before he began his public ministry. During Jesus' time of fasting, the gospel of Luke tells that Satan tempted Jesus to turn stones into bread. But Jesus answered him, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone'" (Luke 4:4). By fasting, we are declaring that we need God more than anything—even food!
How does Sound City practice fasting?
In 2015 and 2016, Sound City took five days at the beginning of the year to fast and seek God's will regarding the upcoming year. In 2017, however, the elders have decided to take a different approach: one day of fasting at the beginning of each month. This change was made for two reasons. First, our desire is that fasting would be a regular rhythm of the church, more than just once per year. And second, fasting for one day is an easier way to involve those who have never fasted before, because—let's face it—five days is a long time to ask someone who has never fasted to go without food. We wanted to make it easier for those who have never fasted to jump on board. In 2017, the elders are inviting and challenging all members of Sound City to make a regular practice of fasting. We expect to see God do amazing things in and through our church family as a result of practicing this spiritual discipline.
- Sound City series of blog posts about fasting from early 2015: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, and part 5.
- A Hunger for God book by John Piper
- What Does it Mean to Fast? video by Steven Chin
- Fasting: The Key to Spiritual Victory teaching series from Dr. Tony Evans, available with a free RightNow Media account.