Lent is a time when Christians all around the world prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and serving others. Lent is an observance of Jesus fasting for 40 days in the wilderness in preparation for his ministry here on earth. Lent has been a tradition and practice of the church for almost 2,000 years. The first Christians observed with great devotion the days surrounding Jesus’ death and resurrection; what we now observe as Lent, Good Friday, and Easter. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and continues until Good Friday.

Fasting on bread and water has been a tradition of the church for centuries. If you are participating in a Bread Fast we recommend you eat one piece of bread with a glass of water during your normal meal time.

Take the piece of bread and break it into four pieces. During your time of prayer and fasting use the following scriptures and reflections:

Read: Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again.” John 6:35
Reflect: As you eat a piece of the bread reflect on Jesus being your “bread of life” and everything you need is found in Him.

Read: Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4
: As you eat a piece of the bread reflect on the temptation of Jesus and how you “do not live by bread alone.”

Read: ‘Give us this day our daily bread.’ Matthew 6:11
Reflect: As you eat a piece of the bread reflect on the Lord’s Prayer and thank God for supplying your “daily bread.”

Read: Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take this and eat it, for this is my body.” Matthew 26:26
Reflect: As you eat a piece of the bread reflect on the Last Supper and how Jesus gave His “body” and life that you might have life.



Why are you fasting? Is it for spiritual renewal, for guidance, for healing, for the resolution of problems, for special grace to handle a difficult situation? Ask the Holy Spirit to clarify His leading and objectives for your prayer fast. This will enable you to pray more specifically and strategically. Through fasting and prayer we humble ourselves before God so the Holy Spirit will stir our souls.

  • Prayer and fasting internalizes the burden, deepening our ownership of a need.
  • Prayer and fasting insists that we quiet our hearts and wait, slowing us down to receive from God.
  • Prayer and fasting infuses the vision, enabling us to see what God wants to do.
  • Prayer and fasting initiates the vision’s fulfillment, acting as a catalyst for us to act.


There are many different types of fasts:

Bread Fast: Eating only bread and drinking only water .

Daniel Fast: Eating only fruits and vegetables.

Juice Fast: Drinking only liquids.

Water Fast: Drinking only water.

  • How long you will fast – one meal, one day, one week, several weeks (Beginners should start slowly, building up to longer fasts).
  • The type of fast God wants you to undertake (such as water only, or water and juices; what kinds of juices you will drink and how often).
  • What physical or social activities you will restrict.
  • How much time each day you will devote to prayer and God’s Word.


The very foundation of fasting and prayer is repentance. Unconfessed sin can hinder your prayers. Here are several things you can do to prepare your heart:

  • Remember that God is your Father and He loves you and is for you.
  • Confess every sin that the Holy Spirit calls to your remembrance and accept God’s forgiveness.
  • Seek forgiveness from all whom you have offended, and forgive all who have hurt you.
  • Surrender your life fully to Jesus Christ as your Lord and Master.
  • Meditate on the attributes of God, His love, sovereignty, power, wisdom, faithfulness, grace, compassion, and others.
  • Begin your time of fasting and prayer with an expectant heart.
  • Do not underestimate spiritual opposition. Satan sometimes intensifies the natural battle between body and spirit.


Fasting requires reasonable precautions. Consult your physician first, especially if you take prescription medication or have a chronic ailment. Some persons should never fast without professional supervision.

  • Eat smaller meals before starting a fast. Avoid high-fat and sugary foods.
  • Eat raw fruit and vegetables for two days before starting a fast


  • Children should be discouraged from fasting food before they reach puberty. Fasting can be detrimental to their health.
  • If a child wants to participate in fasting, encourage them to fast alternatives such as TV, video games or social media.

*Information adapted from the writings of Bill Bright and John Maxwell.



A great way to structure your time with God is by praying the 8 Core Practices using the Lord’s Prayer as a guide.

WORSHIP  “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Your Name” 

Begin by giving God honor and praise for who He is and what He’s done.

GENEROUS GIVING: Make a list of things you are grateful for.

DIRECTION  “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”

The best way to discover God’s will is through the scriptures. It’s through the reading of God’s
Word that we hear His voice, discover His plans, and grow into the image of Christ.

DAILY DEVOTIONS: Read, Reflect, and Respond.

Read from the scriptures. 

Reflect on what God is saying to you through His Word. 

Respond to what God is saying or asking you to do. 

REQUESTS  “Give us this day our daily bread”
Ask God to meet the needs you have and pray for the needs of others. You don’t have to pray for each area. You might want to focus on the area(s) where there’s a need or pray for a different area each day.

PERSISTENT PRAYER: Pray for your personal needs.

GODLY FRIENDSHIPS: Pray for your friends and family.

SUNDAY WORSHIP: Pray for Core Church.

SHARING CHRIST: Pray for those who don’t know Jesus.

REPENTANCE  “And forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us”

Take time for repentance and allow God to examine your soul.

CONTINUAL SURRENDER: Ask God to forgive any sinful thoughts, words, or deeds you have committed against Him or anyone else. Forgive anyone who has hurt you, angered you, or mistreated you.

STRENGTH  “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.”

Conclude your time with God by asking the Holy Spirit to fill you, lead you, and use you.

SACRIFICIAL SERVING: Pray and look for opportunities to do good to those around you.

We all want to grow spiritually and become more like Christ. A daily devotion is a key part of that growth process. But where should you start reading? We’ve taken the guess work out of it for you. Each week we have a daily devotion that goes right along with the Sunday sermon. This allows you to take what you heard on Sunday and begin to apply it every day of the week. To get the latest reading plan sign up for the weekly emails or check us out on Facebook.

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