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ANNUAL 21-Day Fast

2022 is our 12th Annual Fast and It's safe to say that The Garden, as we know it, would not be here today if not for these times of fasting and prayer at the start of the new year! Lives change, hearts are made new, bodies heal, vision is revealed - all because we honor God by honoring His Word. (Matthew 6:16-33)

Pastors Thom and Shelby and the families of The Garden invite you to join in our annual time of corporate prayer and fasting, January 1-21.  While there are many ways to fast, effectiveness can be increased as we seek God as a body. Unity commands a  blessing! (2 Chronicles 7:14, Acts 27:33-37, Psalms 133)  
During this time, be encouraged that hundreds from The Garden family and millions of fellow Christ-followers from around the world are fasting and seeking God with you and we're all believing for a great move of God!

Communion: The church will be open 7:00-7:30pm every evening for communion during the Fast. Sundays, it’s at 6pm with Family Dinner.  Wednesday and Thursdays, communion will be in the Rock Room, inside the office entrance on the east side of the building. Can’t make it here? Celebrate communion from your home! Why communion? Check out this recent message!
Remember...It’s Not JUST About the Food
A Daniel Fast is not all about the food! If it were, the spiritual benefits would be negated and it would just be a diet...like a lifestyle choice on how to eat, or simply going vegan. Fasts are a sacrifice of self. If you feel like you shouldn't eat a particular food, even if it’s “approved,” then don’t eat it.  Heed the prompting of the Holy Spirit. Fasting is a time to take clean up and simplify. Do an inventory of your life and ask God what needs to be stripped off and thrown aside, allowing you to be successful in the race!  (Hebrews 12)

Ask yourself...what consumes my time? How much time do I spend browsing online? What am I watching and reading? Does it edify God and deepen my walk with Him?  Since the goal of a fast is to grow closer to God, remove all of those things that would distract you from that growth. (Hebrews 12:2)

Without Prayer, You're Just Starving Yourself
Be intentional about spending more time in prayer and God's Word.  Some find it particularly helpful to keep a journal of special insights and blessings received during a fast. The discipline of fasting prepares our spirit to receive and understand the things of the Spirit.  The Lord will reveal His plan, answer prayers, and set things in motion as we wholly submit to Him.

Finish strong
You will be tempted. The enemy would LOVE to pull you off track because he knows how strong you’ll be coming out of this fast! Learn to say "no," and avoid justifying eating rich foods or partaking in things from which you said you'd abstain. You have what it takes and are obeying God’s command.  When you’re having a weak moment, thank Jesus that He didn’t quit the task He set out to accomplish. (Hebrews 12:3-4) The only person monitoring your fast is you, so you need to be faithful to the fast by living it carefully. Be strong and do it! (Joshua 1:9)

Helpful Resources
There are lots of websites and books on Daniel Fasts. If you come across contradictory information, remember that your best resource is the Holy Spirit and the Word. Pray, study, ask, then most importantly...listen and obey!
Most will be doing a 21-Day Daniel Fast and if you're newer to fasting, here’s a great way to ease into it:

Week 1: No breads
Week 2: No breads or sweets
Week 3: No breads, sweets, or meats

The human mind cannot comprehend God's response to one, simple act of obedience. Let's position ourselves to receive everything God wants to do in - and through - us! 
Our annual fast always results in powerful testimonies.  True to His Word, God responds to our obedience when we fast. (Ezra 8:21, Isaiah 58:6, Matthew 6:16-18, Mark 9:29) Our lives, and the Garden as a whole, will never be the same!
Those previously diagnosed with a medical condition directly effected by your diet should consult your doctor before beginning a fast.  
If you are truly physically unable to participate in any portion of our corporate fast, ask God how you can adjust your diet and lifestyle to deny your flesh and focus on Him, and participate in this time of fasting and prayer with us.