21 DAYS OF PRAYER AND FASTING 2020

JANUARY 9-30, 2020

 

Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the LORD your God, and cry out to the LORD.

- Joel 1:14

 

While they were praying, the place where they were meeting trembled and shook. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak God’s Word with fearless confidence.

- Acts 4:31 (MSG)

 

FIRST HALF:

9 FASTS IN THE BIBLE

 

  • Thursday: The Disciple’s Fast: Freedom from Sin

  • Friday: The Ezra Fast: Restoration of What Was Stolen

  • Saturday: The Widow’s Fast: The Needs of Others

  • Monday: The Samuel Fast: National Revival

  • Tuesday: The Elijah Fast: Emotional Healing

  • Wednesday: The Paul Fast: Wisdom for the Future

  • Thursday: The Daniel Fast: Health and Healing

  • Friday: The John the Baptist Fast: Influence and Ministry

  • Saturday: The Esther Fast: Protection from Danger

 

 

SECOND HALF:

9 FOCUSES OF OUR CHURCH

 

  • Monday: Know God (The Lost)

  • Tuesday: Find Freedom (Discipleship)

  • Wednesday: Discover Purpose and Make a Difference (Growth and Ministry)

  • Thursday: Our Leaders (Pastors, Leaders, Volunteers)

  • Friday: Our Children and Student Ministry

  • Saturday: Our Mission (Food, Cloth, Disciple)

  • Monday: Worship

  • Tuesday: Prayer for Needs

  • Wednesday: Walk in step with Jesus

 

 

WHAT IS FASTING?

 

Simply stated, biblical fasting is refraining from food for a spiritual purpose. As a church, we are fasting in order to deepen our relationship with God and to walk in step with His plan and purpose. The best way to do this is to redirect our food source or something else of importance to us, such as media. This is accomplished through substituting our regular food intake with Bible reading, praying and journaling. 

The overall goal is to experience a genuine hunger for spending time with God. According to the Bible, there are three duties of every Christian: give, pray, and fast. Fasting takes a lot of discipline and strength – strength you can only receive from God. Your private discipline will bring you rewards in Heaven, as stated in Matthew 6

When you give God your first through fasting, prayer, and giving at the beginning of the year, you set the course for the entire year. 

 

FASTING OPTIONS

 

Full Fast

Drink only liquids for a number of days that you establish. 

 

Daniel Fast

Eat no meat, no sweets, and no bread. Drink water and juice. Eat fruits and vegetables. (See additional information in this brochure.)

 

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

 

Partial Fast

A partial fast is from 6am to 3pm, or from sun up to sundown. This fast can be a Full Fast, a Daniel Fast, or a fast giving up at least one item of food.

 

Facebook/Media Fast

Get your face back into the most important book in the world. Take the time that you’re normally watching TV or surfing the Internet and begin to focus it on growing your spiritual life.

 

 

Scripture References for Fasting

 

Fasting
Matthew 6:16-18Matthew 9:14-15Luke 18:9-14

 

Relation to Prayer & Reading of the Word
1 Sam. 1:6-817-18Neh. 1:4Dan. 9:3, 20Joel 2:12Lk. 2:37Acts 10:30Acts 13:2

 

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

Remember that it is the attitude of a heart sincerely seeking Him to which God responds with a blessing! May God greatly bless you as you fast! (Isaiah 58Jeremiah 14:121 Corinthians 8:8)

 

Fasting and Your Health

If you are in poor health, pregnant or nursing a baby, or have concerns about your physical ability to fast, please consult a physician before beginning your first fast. There are different types of fasts recommended on these pages. Your doctor can provide advice on how you can participate in this Fast in a way that is healthy for you.

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