21 Days of Prayer and Fasting
06 September 2020 - 26 September 2020
We are excited to kick off autumn with 21 days of prayer and fasting! What better way to refocus in the middle of the busy year by stepping back from the noise of the outside world and focusing our attention on God? It’s going to be a significant time and if you are looking to grow, if there are big prayer points that you want to bring, or have issues you’re facing, there is no better time for you to join us in praying and fasting. It’s going to be a phenomenal 21 days.
We encourage everyone to read a chapter of the Bible a day, if possible as a household - download the Bible reading plan for the 21 days below and there is a daily thought on the chapter and verses on our blog.
Is it your first time fasting? Here's a guide to help you.
Why do we fast?
Moses, David, Elijah, Esther, Daniel, Anna, Paul, Jesus, amongst many others in the Bible practised fasting. When Jesus taught on fasting (Matt 6: 16-18) He would say "When you fast..." encouraging us to embody fasting alongside prayer in our lifestyle. Fasting is abstaining from foods/habits for spiritual growth.
What types of fasts can I do?
There are many! As a church family we most commonly take part in the Daniel Fast, however, you are free to go with how you feel spirit led. Here are some other types of fast's:
1. Fully Fast
Drink only liquids (recommended for only short term/no. of days)
2. Partial Fast
Fasting from set hours, example: 6am to 3pm. You can choose your hours and dietary changes if you wish to also exclude certain foods.
3. The Daniel Fast
Avoid meats and sweets (some also cut out bread). Drink water and juice, eating fruits and vegetables.
4. Fasting from technology
If you are unable to take part in a dietary based fast due to medical related conditions or felt led to fast in another direction, you can fast from technology, for example: cutting down/out TV time or avoiding social media during the 21 days.
1. Start With A Goal
When starting your fast...
Ask yourself why you are fasting?
Do you need some direction, healing, restoration in personal issues? Do you face financial difficulties? Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance and to narrow down your 'why'.
2. Prepare Spiritually
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal areas of weakness, use this moment to surrender yourself fully to Jesus and ask for spiritual strength to reject worldly desires that try to distract you.
3. Deciding Which Fast To Follow
The choice of which fast to follow is entirely up to you, you may choose to go on a Daniel fast or a partial fast. Whatever you decide just remember to replace the time with prayer and Bible studying.
4. What To Expect
Naturally, the body will go through changes as it adapts to the physical change you are undertaking - stick though this! Limit any strenuous activity and exercise in the beginning and be sure to rest. Spend time in God's presence through prayer and worship and pray as often as you can during your day. Deter from daily distractions as much as you can and keep your heart and mind set on God.
We encourage you to join us in prayer as a community! If you wish to pray with us or would like to send in a prayer request find out more here
5. At The End
As your fast comes to a close, reflect on your days of fasting - note down how you felt or what the Holy Spirit has led you too. You may have testimony of God's goodness or you are starting a new journey! We would love to join you in this next season and celebrate with you - feel free to get in touch with us.