21 Days of Prayer and FASTING
We know that prayer is powerful. It draws us close to God and brings results and unity as we seek Him together. We are taking 21 days as we start the year to seek God FIRST with daily topics and verses, promises, and prayers that you can stand on in faith. As you prepare your heart and mind for this special time, please take advantage of the resources that will equip you.
Jesus made sure that daily prayer was a part of His everyday life.
“Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.” Mark 1:35
A Specific Time
Jesus got up very early in the morning (a long while before daylight) to spend time with the Father. We should do the same. Set a time each day and keep it.
A Specific Place
Jesus had a place for private prayer. You need one, also. Someplace without distractions where you can pray out loud.
A Specific Plan
What are you going to pray for? Have a plan when you go to pray. If God changes it that’s okay. Remember the Lord’s Prayer? That’s the pattern Jesus used when He taught His disciples how to pray.
When talking about fasting, Jesus begins, “When you fast…” Notice that he doesn’t say, “If you fast…” (Matthew 6:16). Fasting isn’t commanded in the Bible, but Jesus seems to assume that His followers would fast. When you fast, don’t simply give up eating. Set aside intentional time to focus on God. Read the Bible and pray when you would normally be eating or preparing food.
We understand that some people have medical issues that prohibit them from fasting from food. Ask the Lord if there is another way in which you can fast. Maybe fast from social media or television, and use that time to pray and read the Bible. Remember that fasting isn’t a legal list of does and don’ts. It’s a heart posture before God as we seek His face.
Types of Fasts
This fast calls for drinking only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.
This fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, and bread from your diet. You consume water and juice for fluids as well as fruits and vegetables for food.
This fast is sometimes called the Jewish Fast and involves abstaining from eating any type of food in the morning and afternoon. This can either correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6 am to 3 pm, or from sunup to sundown.
This fast is common for those who do not have much experience fasting food, who have health issues that prevent them from fasting food, or those who wish to refocus certain areas of their life that are out of balance. For instance, someone might select to abstain from using
social media or watching television for the duration of the fast, and then choose to carefully bring that element back into their life in an orderly fashion at the conclusion of the fast.