Day 7- Children Need to Fast & Pray, Too

For the past several years, our church has set aside 21 days for prayer and fasting leading up to Easter.

During this time, we seek God, pray big prayers, pray for people to come to Christ and ask God for breakthroughs for ourselves and others. We've seen God do some amazing things during those 21 days.

Rarely do you hear children being taught about fasting much less encouraged to participate in it. But we believe it's important to teach children about this spiritual discipline and how to seek God in a fresh, new way during a fast.

We believe God wants to work in the hearts of kids through prayer and fasting just like He does for adults. And we've found that kids will respond and grow spiritually when we teach them and give them opportunity to participate. If kids are going to be lifelong followers of Jesus, they must experience Him in a real and personal way. A time of prayer and fasting is a great way for kids to encounter Jesus' presence. We also believe that when a child fasts, it should come under the guidance and direction of his or her parents. During a normal year in the JamZone, we would explain to the kids what fasting is and then share ideas for parents to give their kids options to try during the fast. For kids, fasting from all food is obviously not encouraged, but kids can fast from certain kinds of food such as ice cream, candy and other favorites. Other ways for kids to fast can include video games, TV, iPads, etc. Have your child start a 21 day (or however many days you set aside) journal. Start by listing all the things they are thankful for, then begin to list the needs that they can begin to pray about. As God begins to answer their prayers, be sure to add how God answered their prayers to the journal entry where they began praying for that need. As the end of the fast record what they feel God is speaking to them for the coming year. Be sure to read scriptures to your child that pertain to fasting. This is just a few

· Corinthians 7:5. · 2 Samuel 1:12. ... · Acts 13:2. ... · Acts 14:23. ... · Daniel 10:3. ... · Esther 4:16. ... · Exodus 34:28. ... · Joel 2:12. ... · Luke 2:37. ... · Luke 18:12. ...

God will honor the prayers of the children. He may not bring the answer during our 21 day time frame, but that’s also part of the faith journey. We need to do our part and pray and then let God do his part.

Finally, give God ‘Big Praise’ for what he has accomplished through the prayers of your child.

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