New Hope Diamond Head 21 Day Fasting Challenge for 2011

Starting on the Sunset of Sunday April 3 until the sunrise of April 24 (Easter Sunday), New Hope Diamond Head will be fasting and praying. Join us as we open doors to a deeper, more intimate, and more powerful relationship with God! Please check our blog archive on the right column and read other blog entries from last year's fast challenge.

Thursday, March 19, 2009


This is one of the questions that are more frequent in our church about the 21 day fasting challenge. Some people are new to fasting and may be doubtful about their ability to make it. Some others have medical conditions that will hinder them from a Daniel Fast. And also, some people have parties and important events where following the fast is not reasonable at best and disrespectful at worse. So what they can do?

First of all, remember that fasting is not about going on a diet. The purpose of fasting is to displace ourselves from the center of our world, and dedicate quality time and energy to seek God. Don't get stuck in the legalisms of what to eat or not to eat. The Daniel's Fast is only a suggestion of a pattern clearly established in the Scriptures. Maybe you can only fast meat during the 21 days. That's fine! Or maybe you will fast only coffee. That's good too! The point is to seek the Lord in a way that breaks our normal patterns and that takes us deeper in our dependence on Him.

This is very important to understand. Maybe you can go through the 21 days following the Daniel's Fast to the detail. But if you don't make efforts to spend quality time God during these 21 days, your fast will simply become a diet. On the other hand, maybe you are fasting only coffee, and you are making a conscious effort to spend time with God, doing daily devotions, praying, seeking God's will for your life, then your fasting will bring forth the spiritual results you are expecting. You will have a better sense of God's will for your life.

Finally, remember that we are doing this fast together, as a church family. Don't feel disqualified because you cannot do a Daniel's Fast. Try to join us in this challenge in a different way. Fasting one meal a day is another great suggestion. Many people use their lunch break at work to seek God rather than eating lunch. That's a great way to fast too!

1 comment:

  1. Fasting 21 from all social networking sites (ie. Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc.)...figure posting this doesn't count as "technically" it's just to post for prayer and support :) In any event, it's been since Sunday night and I'm DYING to answer some messages, post some updates, upload some photos and read everyone else's but I do usually spend 2 or more hours per night doing so...and I want to spend the time with God and getting to know Him in a deeper grow my relationship with Him rather than commenting on someone's Facebook status...I want to work on me and God's status.

    Please pray that I don't crack under the pressure of "social disconnecting"...


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