21 Days Of Prayer And Fasting
We are kicking off 2018 with a period of fasting and prayer!
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 and to allow God to work His desires into our lives.
Scripture References For Why We Fast
In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.
This type of 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 and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.
The Daniel Fast is a selective fast, and is one of the more common fasts that members of Victory Church participate in. For a more detailed look at the Daniel Fast, check out this free resource: http://daniel-fast.com/
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 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown.
This fast is a great option if you do not have much experience fasting 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.
2018 21 Days Of Prayer: Prayer Focus
Below, you will find the congregation-wide prayer focus for each of the 21 days.
Every Day Prayer Focus
- Humble ourselves, asking for forgiveness for our sins and the sins of our land
(2 Chronicles 7:14)
- Seeking God, declaring our dependence on God in every area of our lives
(1 Chronicles 16:11)
- His Kingdom come. Praying for the completion of the Great Commission and for revival in our generation (Matthew 6:10)
- Hear from heaven. Invite the Presence of God into our church and our lives. Pray for souls to be saved, for signs, wonders, miracles, and transformed lives. (Exodus 33:15)
- Believing God for answered prayer to our specific needs: connect cards and prayer requests (Philippians 4:6)
- Praying for people to take next steps in their journey of faith to Know God, Find Freedom, Discover Purpose, and Make a Difference (Ephesians 1:17-18)
Daily Prayer Focus
Day 1, Jan 4th – Our leaders: nation, state, cities, and towns (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
Day 2, Jan 5th – Our pastors, church staff, small group leaders, dream-teamers, ministry leaders (1 Thessalonians 5:12)
Day 3, Jan 6th – Our local communities: Raleigh & surrounding towns (Jeremiah 29:7)
Day 4, Jan 7th – Our local missions: Dream Center, WLFJ, Raleigh Rescue, Gateway Pregnancy Ctr, future missions (Luke 4:18-19)
Day 5, Jan 8th – Our national missions: revival in America (Acts 16:5)
Day 6, Jan 9th – Our international missions: sister churches in Ethiopia, Living Water Teaching, Israel, unreached people groups, leadership development, mission trips (Matthew 24:14)
Day 7, Jan 10th – (Prayer at service)
Day 8, Jan 11th – The lost: services, send laborers, family, friends, neighbors, co-workers (Romans 8:15)
Day 9, Jan 12th – Small Groups: leaders, members, connection, belonging, real life change (Hebrews 10:24-25)
Day 10, Jan 13th – Growth Track & Dream Team: leadership development, covering over every leader, fresh vision (Philippians 1:6)
Day 11, Jan 14th – Children, youth, young adults, schools, homes (Psalm 127:3-5)
Day 12, Jan 15th – Families and marriages (Proverbs 24:3-4; Malachi 4:6)
Day 13, Jan 16th – Singles: purity and peace (Colossians 3:23-24; 1 Tim 6:6)
Day 14, Jan 17th – (Prayer at service)
Day 15, Jan 18th – Victory School of Theology, Frontline University, future classes (Matthew 9:37-38)
Day 16, Jan 19th – My church: vision for 2018, projects, new ministries, finances, leaders (Matthew 16:18)
Day 17, Jan 20th – My personal vision for 2018: fresh vision, dreams fulfilled, making a difference (Proverbs 21:30)
Day 18, Jan 21st – My places of influence: home, workplace, school (Matthew 5:13-14)
Day 19, Jan 22nd – My freedom: personal freedom & deliverance, breakthrough in every area (Isaiah 54:17)
Day 20, Jan 23rd – My needs: finances, health, family members, other personal needs (1 Peter 5:7)
Day 21, Jan 24th – (Prayer at service: concluding fast)