Prayer & Fasting

At Campus Bible Church, we understand the power and importance of prayer! We offer several opportunities to join with others throughout the week in prayer, and specific times for prayer and fasting. Please join us! This January, we are joining Northpark Church and other churches across Fresno & Clovis for 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting. At the conclusion of the fast, we will join together at Fresno Pacific University for an evening of praise and prayer. Find more information about Prayer and Fasting as well as other opportunities for ongoing prayer at Campus below.
21 Days of Prayer & Fasting – Jan. 8-28, 2018 | Download the 2018 Brochure here
What do they mean?
Fasting – Giving up food or something special for spiritual purpose Prayer – Talking with God, asking him for help
Reasons for Fasting
God desires relationship with us. He is chiefly interested in our trust and obedience. He is the object of our motivation. Fasting seems to be an expression of our desire to seek and please Him. Fasting displays to God that He is more important than even food.

Fasting works! Prayer and fasting seem to work in synergy. Once when the disciples failed to exorcise demons, Jesus explained that in such instances prayer and fasting were required. Fasting seems to move God to action. Of course, this does not mean that we can manipulate God by fasting, but for some reason there are times God desires us to underline our requests with fasting.

Prayer

Communication is a vital component in every kind of relationship. The current texting and social media phenomena are illustrations of the importance of communication. God wants to be on an open line with us every moment of every day. We can communicate need, thanks, praise, and emotion, as well as receive warning, affirmation, and wisdom at any moment.

Types of Fasts

There are several kinds of fasts, and there is no formula for determining which kind of fast, or duration is most appropriate for you. The following are three Biblical examples of fasting:

Absolute Fast

Taking in nothing, including water. This is extreme and should NOT be attempted without first talking to your doctor.

Normal Fast

Withholding food, but not liquids like water and juices to maintain strength and electrolytes.

Partial Fast

In the Bible, Daniel and his companions at vegetabls and water, but not the king’s meat and sweets. This type of fast may be more appropriate if you have certain health issues. For some people, giving up chocolate or coffee may be a real reminder to pray.

You can also fast from anything that means something special to you, like television, social media, sports, shopping, etc.

During a fast, always devote extra time to:

  • Reading God’s word (the Bible)
  • Praying
  • Focusing on God
  • Worshiping
  • and ALWAYS serving/helping others (this is not a time of selfishness)
History of Fasting

The practices of praying and fasting can be found in both the Old and New Testaments. Before Jesus, our model, began his public ministry he fasted for 40 days in preparation. The scriptures listed in this brochure cite other instances of fasting found in the Bible.

Motives

A particular danger in fasting is that our God-centered motives can be tainted by our motives to draw attention to our self and impress others. Jesus cautions us as much as possible to let our fast be between us and God. We all really know God sees our hearts and is never fooled.

Scriptures related to Fasting
  • Matthew 4:1-4
  • Matthew 6:17-18
  • Joel 1:14
  • Joel 2:12
  • Exodus 34:28
  • Acts 13:2-3
  • Isaiah 58
  • Psalm 51
  • Psalm 139
  • 2 Chronicles 7:14
  • Jeremiah 29:10-14
  • Matthew 5-7
  • Luke 10:38-42
  • Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
  • Galatians 5:16-26
Prayer Services
Over the 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting, prayer services will be held around our community. Click on the link below to download a list of services, locations, and times.

Download a Prayer Service directory

Boiler Room | Sunday mornings

8:30-8:50am @ Maple (in the Maple Office Conference Room) | 8:30-9am @ Palm (in the Prayer Room)

Open to men and women.  Join us as we prepare our hearts for worship and pray over the church service.


Dawn Patrol | Tuesday mornings

6-7am | Maple A203

For men who want to learn how to experience transforming prayer that is Scripture-fed, Spirit-led, and worship-based.

 
Celebration Service | Sunday, January 28

Cornerstone Church | Time TBD

Join other believers and churches from around the valley as we end our time of fasting and celebrate what God has done. Look for more info in the coming weeks.

Have a prayer request you’d like to share? You may share your prayer request using the form below. We would count it a privelege to pray with you.
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Prayer Request Form

Your request will be sent to our main office where it will be distributed to our team of intercessors, Pastoral Staff, and Elders.