21 DAYS OF PRAYER
At the beginning of each calendar year, we join together as a church family to seek God through prayer and fasting. This year’s dates are Sunday, January 2nd through Saturday, January 22nd.
The expressed purpose of these three weeks is to faithfully seek God’s will for our church, both corporately and individually, to deepen our understanding of all the ways in which He sustains us, and to see Him move in power among our community.
In sum, we intentionally go without things that are temporal in order to be filled with things that are eternal.
If you sense God has more for your life than what you are currently experiencing, we’d encourage you to join us in “seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness”. (Matthew 6:33)
Each Tuesday during the 21 days, we will hold a corporate prayer gathering from 5pm-6pm in the auditorium. The dates for these meetings are listed below and we would love for you to join us.
Tuesday, January 4th 5pm-6pm
Tuesday, January 11th 5pm-6pm
Tuesday, January 18th 5pm-6pm
JANUARY 3rd, 10th, 17th
That we would know and demonstrate the radical love of God.
I no longer lean on my own understanding when it comes to my view of myself. As of today, I stand in agreement with God that I am loved by Him and that He demonstrated this love by sending Jesus to die on my behalf. In light of this revelation, I no longer live my life trying to earn His love but in response to the love I’ve already received.
Ephesians 3:16-19 | 2 Corinthians 5:14-21
16I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
JANUARY 4th, 11th, 18th
That we would (collectively and individually) look more and more like Jesus each day.
I am not interested in living a life turned-in on itself. I reject the lie of our culture that tells me to spend all of my time discovering my “true self”. That person is long gone. They are dead and buried. I am a new creation in Christ Jesus created in Him to do the things He did. He must become greater, I must become less.
Romans 8:29 | Galatians 2:20 | Colossians 1:27 | 2 Corinthians 5:17
29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
JANUARY 5th, 12th, 19th
That we would no longer be conformed to the patterns of this world but would be transformed by the renewing of our minds.
I refuse to accept and/or pursue the world’s definitions of success, prosperity, or what makes something/someone “valuable”. Instead, I seek His Kingdom first and as a result, I am shaped by Kingdom values which are always upside down in nature.
Romans 12:2 | James 4:4
2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
4 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
JANUARY 6th, 13th, 20th
That we would care for the poor, the marginalized, and the outcast.
Nothing I have is my own. Everything I have, I have received from the Lord and in response, I offer it back to Him to do with as He chooses, even if it comes at a great cost.
James 1:27 | Matthew 25:34-40 | Galations 2:10
27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
10 All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along.
JANUARY 7th, 14th, 21st
That we would be dangerous to the dominion of darkness.
I am the light of the world and I will not attempt to shirk that responsibility or diminish my calling. I will embrace my identity as one who is called to tear down “the gates of hell” and bring the message of salvation through Jesus. I will do this in all gentleness and humility, understanding that the Kingdom of God is not a matter of talk, but of power.
Matthew 5:14 | Ephesians 5:8-16
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.
8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper,
rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”
15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
JANUARY 8th, 15th, 22nd
That we would remember and intercede for the persecuted church and those in the mission field.
I commit to eradicating my ignorance and apathy for my brothers and sisters abroad by educating myself concerning the global Church. I commit to pray for those who are suffering, in prison, and in great danger as a result of the Gospel.
Hebrews 13:3 | 2 Corinthians 1:7-9 | Ephesians 6:19-20
3 Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.
7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort. 8 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.
19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
21 DAYS OF FASTING
We have chosen to make it a priority as a church to seek God in prayer collectively from January 2nd – 22nd. Together, we will come together to faithfully seek God first, trusting in His power alone to create lasting impact in our lives, our church, and our world.
The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out. It also enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all the good things God desires to bring into our lives. Remember, your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your body, your options, and, most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.
Fasting is a spiritual practice that enables the body of Christ to grow in their relationship with God. The purpose of a fast is to set aside a specific span of time for restricting certain foods or practices as a physical commitment to seek God through deeper personal engagement and fervent prayer. When we combine fasting with prayer and meditation, we can experience a more focused time of closeness with our Lord and seek His wisdom and help.
TYPES OF FASTING
In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with optional light juices.
This fast is a great option if you don’t have much experience fasting from food, have health issues that prevent you from fasting food, or if you wish to refocus certain areas of your life that are out of balance. For example, you might choose to stop using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast and then carefully bring that element back into your life in healthy doses at the conclusion of the fast.
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 6am to 3pm, or from sunup to sundown.
This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, a pseudo vegan fast, during which you remove meat, sweets and bread from your diet, consume water and juice for fluids, and fruits and vegetables for food.
THE DANIEL FAST
The Daniel Fast is a great Selective Fast based on the experiences of the Biblical prophet Daniel. Below is a basic guideline for this fast, but additional details can be found online at: UltimateDanielFast.com
FOODS TO ENJOY
FRUIT – fresh, frozen, canned, juiced, dried
VEGETABLES – fresh, frozen, canned, juiced, dried
WHOLE GRAINS – amaranth barley, brown rice, oats, quinoa, millet, whole wheat
NUTS AND SEEDS – whole nuts, nut butters, almond milk
LEGUMES – all beans canned/dried, lentils, split peas
QUALITY OILS/SPICES – vegetable, coconut, grapeseed, olive, peanut, sesame, salt, pepper, tofu, soy products
BEVERAGES – water, juice, unsweetened coconut milk
FOODS TO AVOID
MEAT & ANIMAL PRODUCTS – red meat, fish, poultry, pork
DAIRY – milk/cream, butter, eggs, cheese
SWEETENERS – sugar, honey, agav, stevia, molasses, syrups
LEAVENED BREAD + YEAST – baked goods, Ezekiel bread
REFINED/PROCESSED – white flour, white rice, artificial flavors, additives, preservatives
DEEP FRIED FOODS – chips, fries
SOLID FATS – lard, margarine, shortening
BEVERAGES – alcohol, carbonated drinks, caffeine
*Please consult with your doctor before beginning a dietary fast,
especially if you have any existing medical concerns or conditions.
“So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and fasting”
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