The fast will be held from sundown on Tuesday, June 30 to sundown on Friday, July 3, 2020 (three full days). Both Friday and Saturday are national holidays, so banks, the post office and many other places of business will be closed.
During the fast, those who are physically capable should refrain from all food and drink, including water. (Paul also performed this fast as mentioned in Acts 9:9.) This is a very difficult fast, but that is the point. If you are not physically able to participate at this level, prayerfully consider how God would have you join us. These are difficult times, and we need to be willing to sacrificially shoulder this burden. The enemy will present every reason, obstacle and justification not to participate, or to do it half-heartedly. Do not give him the victory!
That being said, pregnant women, nursing mothers, the infirm and children should not attempt a full Esther fast. If your job requires you to be outside during the heat of the day, you probably shouldn’t abstain from water. A good guide would seem to be Paul’s admonition (concerning giving) in 2nd Corinthians 9:7 – Let everyone do just as he has purposed in his own heart; not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. Consult your physician if in doubt.
Generally speaking, a fast is a personal thing between you and the Lord. Jesus told us to fast in private so as not to make a show of our piety. This, however, is a corporate fast and there would be nothing wrong in sharing the burden with other participants. You might consider using Zoom, FaceTime, Skype or a similar platform to encourage, support and pray with others throughout the fast.
Spread the Word!
Please spread the word to your church, family, friends and social media contacts. This call extends to the entire Body of Christ in America (and even to those abroad, as they feel led).
Be sure to read the following guide to fasting. It explains the various types of fasts along with important precautions and suggested guidelines. And for a compelling discussion concerning the way to fast, the reasons to fast, and the manner in which fasting moves the hand of God, we strongly encourage you to watch this video by Derek Prince. And finally, if you would like to share prayer requests, agree with other intercessors and be strengthened and encouraged throughout the fast, we would invite you to join the Esther Fast Facebook Group.