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The app includes very cool videos about the different countries you'll be praying for!

Here's a sample of the guide

What is fasting?

Lent is the six-week period leading up to Easter. If you’re not familiar with what Lent is, you’re not alone. A nationwide study found that only about 17 percent of Americans practice the tradition of giving something up for Lent, and the younger someone is, the less likely they are to know what Lent is. Only 57 percent of Millennials—those born between 1984 and 2002—are aware of Lent, according to the Barna Group.

Christians have celebrated Lent for nearly 2,000 years as a way to commemorate Jesus’s death and burial before celebrating His resurrection. One of the main ways people celebrate Lent is through fasting, the practice of abstaining from something you enjoy for a set amount of time.

Why Not To Fast

Fasting is not something we do to make God love us more. No action or attitude can change the depth of Jesus’s love for us, so we shouldn’t try to use spiritual disciplines to gain God’s approval. Neither should we use fasting to gain other people’s approval. God wants our commitment to Him, but doesn’t want an intimate spiritual practice like fasting to become an external show of religious pride (Matthew 6:17-18).

3 Reasons To Fast

The Bible mentions fasting throughout the Old and New Testaments. Jesus fasted for 40 days (Matthew 4:1-4). Nehemiah fasted when he asked for God’s forgiveness and direction (Nehemiah 1:4). Daniel, Ezra, Moses, the people of Israel, the early Church, and many more fasted (Daniel 9:3Ezra 8:23Exodus 24:38Judges 20:26Acts 13:2-3).

Here's a great short devotional that explains fasting and has a lot of insight as to why we do it:

Click HERE

Below is a list of some of the things that people choose to fast throughout these 40 days (on the left). There are certainly many more things, and you may choose something that is unique to only you and your lifestyle. OR you may choose to DO something each day of the fast that would be giving up convenience, time, or selfishness (listed on the right).

  • fast food

  • soda or coffee

  • eating out

  • dessert

  • other specific food groups

  • social media

  • negative talk

  • TV

  • non-essential shopping

  • snacking

  • complaining

  • comparison

  • the comfort of your bed

  • hot showers

  • elevators at work

  • the snooze button

  • doing the "Daniel Fast" - details here

  • going out of your way to serve someone each day

  • encourage someone intentionally 

  • wake up early for 20 minutes with God

  • commit to reading through a part of the Bible

  • commit to prayer time each morning

  • use your lunch money to purchase someone else's lunch (or use your extra shopping money)

  • have Bible time with your family instead of TV time

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