As 2017 gets underway, Pastor Gregg Matte is inviting the Houston's First family to pray and fast on behalf of our church. This is the first phase of our Praying / Giving / Going emphasis at our church taking place from January through April. Watch Pastor Gregg's message as he introduced this emphasis and talked about praying and fasting, then read ahead to learn about fasting in general and to find helpful resources, timing options for when to fast, and a prayer guide to follow while fasting.
Many people equate "fasting" with simply "not eating" — but there are several different types of fasts. A Daniel Fast, for example, is considered a partial fast, allowing you to consume certain types of food and drink (PDF). The fast is based on one that Daniel followed:
Fasting is letting go of a physical need for a spiritual plea.— Pastor Gregg Matte
While the staff and deacons participated in a Daniel Fast the week of Jan 9-13, Pastor Gregg invites you to participate in a fast on any dates of your choosing in January. In particular, he suggests three options as you consider how you will join in on the fast this month:
These resources were compiled by Houston's First staff members and other contributors to help you and your family if you opt to follow a Daniel Fast:
The following external resources are not associated with Houston's First, but they might provide you with additional information and ideas — especially recipes! Some of these websites reference registering for a Daniel Fast in January, but those are separate from the one we're doing at Houston's First.
Finally, CornerBooks at The Loop Campus has the following titles available in their collection if you want to learn even more. These titles are available for you to borrow for free using your CornerBooks library card. If you do not already have a card, fill out this form to gain access to over 14,000 titles in their collection! (Each title's call number is provided in parentheses so you can locate it on the shelves, but don't hesitate to ask a CornerBooks staff member or volunteer for assistance if needed!)
You can search CornerBooks' entire collection online for other books related to fasting, prayer — or any topic you have in mind — by visiting their online search tool.
As we fast in January together, we will pray for the following ministries of our church. A prayer guide — including a suggested template and a list of prayer requests from our ministries and campuses — can be downloaded here (PDF).