I HATE FASTING but I Do it Anyway

 I don’t remember which year we started, but for long time TFH has started each year with a week of prayer, fasting, and seeking God.

This one week is both my favorite and least favorite week of the year – because I hate fasting, but I love the results of fasting.

Over the years we have heard countless testimonies – salvation, healing, financial provision, freedom from addiction, business turnarounds, job promotions, clear direction and restored relationships – that resulted from answered prayers during our week of Prayer and Fasting.

I know this year will be no different because God still hears and answers prayer.

So from January 14-20 we are doing a Joel 1:14, “Announce a time of fasting; call the people together for a solemn meeting. Bring the leaders and all the people of the land into the Temple of the Lord your God, and cry out to Him there.”

You are invited to join us in this special season. Thank you for believing with us for God to transform our homes, community and world. Together we faithfully seek God first, trusting in His power alone to help us Love God, Help People, and Build His Kingdom.

Pastor Terry



We are going to participate in The 24/7 PRAYER & FASTING SEASON. We will fast intensively during these 7 days as well as someone praying around the clock for 7 days. There’s something about the extreme challenge of 24/7 Prayer that makes it work. Only eternity will reveal the impact of our 168 consecutive hours of prayer!!


If you sense God has more for your life The 24/7 PRAYER CHALLENGE is a great place to start believing Him for all that He has for you.

  • Prayer Time

It only takes 24 people each day, praying during an assigned hour, to create a chain of night and day prayer and see the needs, priorities, hope and hurts of our family, friends and community brought to God.

The week is divided into hourly slots on our Prayer Board in the foyer of TFH. Find a time slot you will commit to prayer, put your name on tag and place it on the prayer board. If you are part of our online church, call the church 352-315-1815 and let us know when you want to be part of this challenge. We will fill up each hour and then start doubling, tripling up on the prayer times.

There are selected topics and prayers printed for you to pick up at the Prayer Wall in the foyer, OR click the link below to download the daily prayers.

  • Fasting

Fasting, simply stated, is refraining from food for a spiritual purpose.

The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out. Remember, your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your body, your options, and, most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.

There are several types of fasting. The one you choose is between you and God. He will honor your best sacrifice.

Full Fast
Drink only liquids (you establish the number of days).

The Daniel Fast
Eat no meat, no sweets and no bread. Drink water and juice. Eat fruits and vegetables.

3-Day Fast
This fast can be a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.

Partial Fast
A partial fast is from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm or from sun up to sundown. You can select from three types of fasting —a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.

Scripture References for Fasting:
Matthew 6:16-18, Matthew 9:14-15, Luke 18:9-14

Relation to Prayer and Reading of the Word:
1 Samuel 1:6-8, 17-18, Nehemiah 1:4, Daniel 9:3, 20, Joel 2:12, Luke 2:37, Acts 10:30,Acts 13:2

Corporate Fasting:
1 Samuel 7:5-6, Ezra 8:21-23, Nehemiah 9:1-3, Joel 2:15-16, Jonah 3:5-10, Acts 27:33-37

Remember that it is the attitude of a heart sincerely seeking Him to which God responds with a blessing (Isaiah 58, Jeremiah 14:12, 1 Corinthians 8:8). May God greatly bless you as you fast!

Fasting Basics

We encourage you to seek the Lord in prayer and let your decisions about your biblical fasting come from Him. Ask the Lord to show you areas to target during your time of fasting and prayer.





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