Join us this Sunday, January 11th 2015, as we begin a 21 Day Prayer and Fast. We believe that praying and fasting is an essential key to growth in our walk with God, and although God does not command us to fast, He does tell us that our relationship with Him will be deepened when we spend time in prayer and fasting.
I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:13-14
WEEKLY PRAYER FOCUS:
Monday: Reaching for greater DISCERNMENT & DIRECTION for 2015
- Ephesians 1:17-20
- 1 Corinthians 2:9-10
- Pray for a spirit of wisdom and revelation
- Pray for prepared things to be revealed by the Spirit
Tuesday: Reaching for greater PROVISION
- Philippians 4:19
- Luke 6:38
- 2 Corinthians 9:8
- Pray for jobs, businesses to flourish, divine appointments & connections, promotions, etc.
Wednesday: Reaching people – SALVATIONS and prodigals return, and reach out of our comfort zone to share Jesus
- 1 Peter 3:15
Thursday: Reaching our city, county, and surrounding local areas
- Matthew 6:10
- Pray God’s kingdom comes on earth as in heaven, in government, schools, universities, etc.
Friday: Reaching to see MIRACLES
- Acts 4:30 (“Reach out your hand to heal.”)
Saturday: Reaching NATIONS
- Isaiah 49:6
- Pray for 2015 Missions trips; South Africa, Nicaragua
- Pray for Pastor Duane and Kris’ Missions trips; Vietnam, South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Canada, and the UK
- Pray for Bridge Missionaries
- Pray for God’s Kingdom to come in the nations of the earth
Sunday: RISE & BUILD
- Nehemiah 2: 18-20 (Reaching our potential with property and building)
Why should I fast?
The Bible presents fasting as something that is good, profitable, and beneficial. The book of Acts records believers fasting before they made important decisions (Acts 13:2;14:23). Fasting and prayer are often linked together (Luke 2:37;5:33). Too often, the focus of fasting is on the lack of food. Instead, the purpose of fasting should be to take your eyes off the things of this world to focus completely on God. Fasting is a way to demonstrate to God, and to ourselves, that we are serious about our relationship with Him. Fasting helps us gain a new perspective and a renewed reliance upon God.
What can I fast from?
Although fasting in Scripture is almost always a fasting from food, there are other ways to fast. Anything given up temporarily in order to focus all our attention on God can be considered a fast (1 Corinthians 7:1-5). Fasting should be limited to a set time, especially when fasting from food. Extended periods of time without eating can be harmful to the body. Fasting is not intended to punish the flesh, but to redirect attention to God. Fasting should not be considered a “dieting method” either. The purpose of a biblical fast is not to lose weight, but rather to gain deeper fellowship with God. Anyone can fast, but some may not be able to fast from food (diabetics, for example). Everyone can temporarily give up something in order to draw closer to God.
What does fasting do for my spiritual life?
By taking our eyes off the things of this world, we can more successfully turn our attention to Christ. Fasting is not a way to get God to do what we want. Fasting changes us, not God. Fasting is not a way to appear more spiritual than others. Fasting is to be done in a spirit of humility and a joyful attitude. Matthew 6:16-18 declares, “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” – Adapted from gotquestions.org
“Fasting is an announcement the soul makes that the body will not rule over it, and it declares there will be no relief until the issues set before God are resolved in spirit. Fasting does not signal sincerity but rather humbles the soul with dependence upon God.” – Pastor Jack Hayford
- Fast Guide PDF
- Free e-book by Dr. Tony Evans
- It’s Time To Fast – Jack Hayford
- The Daniel Fast
- YouVersion Bible (devotional ready plans)
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