Join us as we pray and fast together as a church family January 4th – 20th, leading up to the O2 Network Conference (Jan. 21-23) hosted at The Bridge Church.
Follow our daily prayer focus as we corporately believe together for specific things to manifest in 2016. If you would like to dig deeper into the Word, we recommend downloading the YouVersion Bible App to find devotional plans you can read during this season of prayer and fasting, in addition to our daily focus and verses.
DAILY PRAYER FOCUS:
Monday – DISCERNMENT & DIRECTION for 2016
- Ephesians 1:17-20 (spirit of wisdom & revelation)
- 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 (prepared things to be reveal by the Spirit)
Tuesday – PROVISION (jobs, businesses to flourish, divine appointments & connections, promotions, etc.)
- Philippians 4:19
- Luke 6:38
- 2 Corinthians 9:8
Wednesday – SALVATION (return of prodigals, courage to step out of our comfort zones and share the love of Jesus)
- 1 Peter 3:15
Thursday – DENTON COUNTY (city, county, surrounding local areas, government, schools, universities, etc.)
- Matthew 6:10
Friday – MIRACLES
- Acts 4:30
Saturday – NATIONS
- Isaiah 49:6
Sunday – RISE & BUILD (Reaching our potential with new property)
- Nehemiah 2: 18-20
What exactly is fasting?
“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.” – Jack Hayford
“Fasting is a deliberate abstinence from physical gratification—usually going without food for a period of time—to achieve a greater spiritual goal. Fasting is intentionally denying the flesh in order to gain a response from the spirit. It means renouncing the natural in order to invoke the supernatural. When fasting, you say ‘no’ to yourself and ‘yes’ to God.” – Tony Evans
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. 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. 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.
“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.” – Matthew 6:16-18