What are they?
Prayer-fast teams are teams of two or more workers in the same home group who commit to pray and fast on the same day and for the same focused concerns.
Why do them?
- They promote prayer, and we need abundant prayer to accomplish our mission!
- All disciplines/habits are easier to develop when we do them with others. The awareness that we have made a commitment and that others are doing this with us helps us to make progress in this vital aspect of serving Christ.
- Fasting is often connected to prayer in the Bible—although its specific relationship is not explained. Some workers simply let the occasional hunger pangs remind them to pray. Others appreciate the opportunity to say no to the demand of their body in order to say yes to God. Others say that fasting makes them more spiritually alert and aware of God’s leading in prayer.
- Consider using the money you save from not eating to do good to others—e.g., supporting a child in a developing country, give to missions, etc. We would spend this money anyway on a couple of meals, but it could significantly advance God’s loving kingdom if we give it to others in Jesus’ name.
How do you do them?
- If you have medical issues (e.g., diabetes, hypoglycemia, heart problems, etc.), check with your doctor before fasting.
- Share this idea with another home group friend and ask him/her to prayerfully consider committing to this with you.
- Start by fasting for a maximum of 24 hours—i.e., from dinner to dinner. Drink plenty of water, and maybe coffee or tea. You may want to occasionally do longer fasts after you have established this habit.
- Discuss what day is best for both of you to do this together. Avoid days that are especially physically demanding. You should be able to do normal activities during a brief fast like this.
- Agree to pray for one or two common home group concerns (e.g., a non-Christian friend; a hurting home group brother or sister; an upcoming retreat; etc.). In addition, select one or two personal prayer concerns (e.g., a family member; etc.).
- Keep a record of your prayer concerns to see how God answers these prayers. This will strengthen your excitement about and commitment to concentrated prayer. It may also be helpful as you share this practice with others.