Hunger & Thirst
January 2-30, 2022

From business leadership to sports performance motivation, the idea of hunger indicates a dynamic pursuit of better. At the same time, we attempt to resist the humility and desperation that true hunger imposes. So why would Jesus describe blessedness connected to desperation; and how do we posture ourselves to meet him there?

Hunger and Thirst is an attempt to refresh the heart behind We Cry Out, with a new emphasis on corporate prayer and fasting that is focused on a longing for revival in our church.

 

   Resources:

Week 1: Delight and Desperation

Hear the heart behind this series.
Get caught up here.

Week 1 Devotional: Available Now

Each week we will be providing readings and a guide for prayer. Get it here.

Week 2: Learning Longing

Hear about the type of hunger that only Jesus can fulfill here.

 

Week 2 Devotional: Available Now

The readings for this week go from Sunday to Sunday. Download here.

Week 3: Pursuing Righteousness

Learn how our lives are marked by the pursuit of righteousness here.

Week 3 Devotional: Available Now

Our final week of prayer topics will focus on the nations. Download here.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I have never fasted before. Why should I fast?
A: Biblical fasting is an intentional act of abstaining from something (most often food or a type of food) for a specific period of time for the purpose of focusing more on the Lord. As a church, we are asking the Lord to lead us into a new season of flourishing.

Q: How can I participate?
A: Starting on Monday, January 10, and ending on Sunday, January 30, we are inviting the church to join this journey of fasting. Fasting often exposes our misshapen cravings–our longing for comfort and peace connected to things like food, drink, entertainment, and social media. While you can fast from any of these, we have made the decision to make this fast primarily about food. Here are a few ways you can structure your food-based fast1:

Option 1 (Varied Weeks)

Week One: A commitment to fast from all food except water, juice, and other broths for the first 7 days.

Week Two: A commitment to fast from all meals, except the incorporation of one meal into the schedule during days 8-14 (ex: fasting all day until 6 PM).

Week Three: A commitment to fast for one meal out of the day, with an intentional time of focused prayer during the time period normally spent eating during days 15-21.

Option 2 (All Meals)

This will be a commitment to fast from all food except for water, juice, and other broths for the duration of the 21 days of the fast.

Option 3 (Some Meals/Altered Diet)

This will be a commitment to fast for a significant portion of your day, incorporating only 1-2 meals into your schedule (ex. fasting all day until 6:00 PM). Or, due to medical and other considerations, it may be necessary to participate by altering your diet for the duration of the fast. (This may be with vegetables only, or something known as the Daniel Fast.)

In addition to food, please feel free to add other items to your fast such as television or social media, as the Lord leads you.

Q: What can I expect when I fast?
A: Fasting uniquely places our physical, emotional, and spiritual capacities under the same burden. This means that the effects of fasting will affect each of these areas. As a disclaimer, if you have a medical condition, please contact your physician before attempting to fast. Here are some common effects fasting may have on you:

Physical

Changing your food intake, especially completely abstaining from meals, will challenge your body. It is likely that you will feel fatigued and intensified hunger. Headaches are another common symptom.

Emotional

Eating is connected to our emotions, so we should not be surprised that fasting will expose some negative emotions. Be prepared for heightened emotional sensitivity and responses like anger and irritability.

Spiritual

Fasting is an earnest act of submission to and dependence on the Lord. In a positive way, it positions us to be more sensitive to the conviction and leading of the Spirit. Times of fasting are often marked by repentance.

Also, be mindful of the schemes of the enemy–you will experience heightened temptation and discouragement if you aren't clearly seeing answers to your devotion and prayer.

Q: How do I prepare?
A: Again, please be sure to consult your physician before participating. Here are a few tips to prepare.

  1. Choose the type of fasting- varied, complete, or some meals/altered (see How can I participate? to learn more).
  2. Invite someone to be your prayer partner. Set a consistent rhythm for accountability with this person.
  3. Ask the Lord to reveal any sin that may be hindering you during the fast. Confess and repent those things to him.
  4. Have a plan for how you will spend the time which is normally reserved for eating.
  5. You may want to consider how you will respond in situations when an invitation to an event or meal would hinder your fast.
  6. Pray, pray, pray.

Q: What should I be praying for?
A: Each week, we will be posting a devotional prayer guide on this page. Week 1 will be focused on the power and value of fasting. In Week 2, we will pray about seeing God's righteousness shape how we view ethnic harmony and the sanctity of human life. Week 3 will lead us to pray for God's righteousness among the nations. The devotional guides will be available on the Saturday that precedes the first day of the devotional.

1The explanation of these food-based fasting options was taken from Church of the City in Franklin, Tennessee. We are grateful for their thoughtful research and guidance.