The Spiritual Discipline of Fasting

Fasting is designed to intensify our dependence on God by weakening our dependence on food and other things. From January 9-30 Epic Church as a community will be challenging ourselves to fast in an effort to draw our hearts closer to God. We ask before you fast to prayerfully consider areas of your life you would like to see God shape. We also ask for you to read below about what fasting is for, as well as determine what type of fast might be best suited for you as you join us on this journey.



Fasting reveals and heals our dependence on food (and other things) to fill the discomfort caused by low self-esteem, unfulfilling work, unloving relationships, uncontrollable circumstances, etc. It removes the false peace derived from the pleasure of eating. Richard Foster, in His Classic Celebration of Discipline, says, “More than any other discipline, fasting reveals the things that control us. This is a wonderful benefit to the true disciple who longs to be transformed into the image of Jesus Christ. We cover up what is inside us with food and other good things, but in fasting these things surface."


There are several types of fasts people use to focus on their relationship with God. They include abstaining from:
  • Food/Types of Food
  • Food during certain time periods
  • Social Media
  • Entertainment
  • Leisure activities

Avoid Distractions

Many times when our desire for what we are abstaining from hits we try to find distractions to avoid thinking about what we're missing. Instead let the desire remind you to focus on God.

  • Pray when the hunger hit.
  • Read scripture to remind yourself you need the word like you need bread.
  • Put your energy into serving someone in need.
  • Generously give to someone who lives with the need you feel.

What if the hunger is too much?

Fasting does affect the body. You will experience the emotions of being "hangry," as well as times of fatigue. These should be expected should you be fasting from food all together.

But the goal of fasting is NOT starvation. If you reach a place in your fast you feel unhealthy, by all means stop and eat. Then pick up the fast again as you are able. It is better to take a break and then continue, than to do damage or to quit all together.