25 Days

While the scriptures primarily discuss the health and fitness of our souls, we would be remiss to forget that God also cares about our bodies. In his letter to the Corinthians, the apostle Paul states that our “bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 6:19). Later in the same letter, he writes, “I discipline my body and keep it under control.” (1 Corinthians 9:27). In his letter to the Galatians, he writes that the fruit of the Spirit is “self-control.” (Galatians 5:22) And in 1 Corinthians 6:20, he urges us to “honor God with our bodies.”


This year, we invite you to join us in pursuing health, strength and vitality in our souls and our bodies by joining us for 25 DAYS OF PRAYER, FASTING & FITNESS.

January 7 - 31, 2020

Weekdays 6:30AM

Mullanphy School Gym

4221 Shaw Blvd, 63110


Jackson Park Elementary Gym

7400 Balson Ave, 63130




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fasting

Some people choose to fast during 25 Days as a way to eliminate distractions and focus on God.  Fasting hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out. It also enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all the good things God desires to bring into our lives.

Types of Fasts

  • Complete Fast: This fast calls for drinking only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.
  • Selective Fast: This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, or bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.
  • Partial Fast: This fast involves abstaining from eating any type of food in the morning and afternoon. This can either correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown.
  • Soul Fast: This fast is common for those who do not have much experience fasting food, who have health issues that prevent them from fasting from food, or who wish to refocus certain areas of their life that are out of balance. For instance, someone might select to abstain from using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast, and then choose to carefully bring that element back into their life in an orderly fashion at the conclusion of the fast. 


SUCCESSFUL FASTING

  1. Seek medical advice before the fast, especially if you have any existing medical concerns or conditions.
  2. Encourage a few close friends or family members to you to join you in fasting. Fasting can be especially productive when done in community. 
  3. Choose a specific prayer objective when fasting. Fasting without prayer is like sailing without wind.
  4. Pray about the specific type of fast that is appropriate for you. 
  5. Prepare physically. Two to three days before your fast, limit your intake of food to fruit and vegetables. Drink lots of water to help your body detoxify. 
  6. Prepare yourself for mental discomforts such as impatience, crankiness, and anxiety. 
  7. Anticipate some physical discomforts. You may initially experience dizziness, headaches and various aches and pains.
  8. Spend time that you would be eating (or whatever practice from which you abstaining) reading the Bible and praying.
  9. Break the fast slowly over several days with fruit juice or light soups.

Fitness

Our prayer for you at the beginning of 25 Days is the same as the prayer found in 3 John 1:2: “I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.”



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