21 Days of Prayer and Fasting Guide
January 4 - January 24
WELCOME TO OUR 21 DAYS OF PRAYER AND FASTING GUIDE
This is going to be such an exciting 21 days! Whether you feel like you’ve had a slow, difficult or sluggish start to the new year, or you feel like you have sprinted out of the blocks, we believe that giving yourself fully to 21 days of prayer and fasting will build momentum in your life. Leonard Ravenhill said, “The two prerequisites to successful Christian living are vision and passion, both of which are born and maintained by prayer.”
You may see things change instantly, you may not. However, be assured God is at work in you, your family and your situations. His Word says in Hebrews 11:6 that ‘He IS a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.’ So, let the seeking begin! There is great treasure to be found.
Each day contains a prayer focus. This includes one or two Scriptures to declare and meditate on. Please note that these are only suggestions so feel free to pray into each area in the way the Holy Spirit leads. All we ask is that you take some time to pray each day for the theme that’s given. This way there will be lots of focused prayer about each area, bringing breakthrough both personally and corporately.
Our desire as a church is to create a culture of prayer where we see breakthrough, miracles and God answering prayer on a daily basis. We believe that prayer is the fuel for our vision and breakthrough in your life. We will be fasting for 21 days. Below you will find some helpful information on what, how and why to fast. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact our staff at Info@maranathadekalb.org
FASTING GOD’S WAY
WHAT IS FASTING?
Fasting is giving up food or another source of personal gratification for a determined period of time in order to focus on God. Fasting allows us to take our focus and our reliance off earthly things to focus and rely on God. Fasting is powerful when it is combined with other spiritual disciplines: prayer and Bible reading.
At Maranatha, we begin each year with prayer and fasting to create space in our lives to seek God for the New Year. When we deny our physical needs, we feed the spiritual and grow closer to God. Biblical fasting heightens our awareness of God’s presence and power, feeds our faith and empowers our spirit. Fasting opens the door to the supernatural power of God in our lives. You can pray and fast for a number of reasons: to dedicate the year to God, increase faith, family and financial breakthrough, guidance, spiritual breakthrough, deliverance, salvation, healing and more. You may choose to make a plan for regular fasting throughout the year. For example: one day a month, one meal a week, etc. There may also be unexpected times when you feel led to fast.
HOW TO BEGIN
Start your fast with us corporately on January 6th, 2020. Begin with a clear goal. Be specific. Why are you fasting? Do you need direction, healing, restoration of marriage or family issues? Are you facing financial difficulties? Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance.
Pray daily and read the Bible. We suggest reading a fasting devotional. There are resources to help you on the YouVersion bible app or at www.youversion.com
Confess your sins to God. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal areas of weakness. Forgive all who have offended you and ask forgiveness from those you may have offended (Mark 11:25; Luke 11:4; 17:3-4). Surrender your life fully to Jesus Christ and reject the worldly desires that try to hinder you (Romans 12:1- 2).
The type of fast you go on is between you and God. You could go on a full fast in which you only drink liquids, or you may desire to fast like Daniel, who abstained from sweets and meats, and the only liquid he drank was water. It is important that the fast you choose will physically challenge you, but is also realistic based on your fasting experience, physical and medical needs. Remember to replace that time with prayer and Bible study.
DECIDING HOW LONG
Our corporate MCC fast will last for 21 days. Use wisdom and pray for guidance. Beginners are advised to start slow.
WHAT TO EXPECT
When you fast your body detoxifies, eliminating toxins from your system. This can cause mild discomfort such as headaches and irritability during withdrawal from caffeine and sugars. Naturally, you will have hunger pains. When you feel hunger pains, spend time praying or reading the Bible. Limit your activity. Exercise moderately. Take time to rest. Fasting brings about miraculous results. You are following Jesus’example when you fast. Spend time listening to praise and worship. Pray often throughout the day.Get away from the normal distractions as much as possible and keep your heart and mind set on seeking God.
HOW TO END
Don’t overeat when the time comes to end your fast. Begin eating solid food gradually; eat small portions or snacks. God will honour your best. You may want to include a combination of fasts. For example, you may want to participate in full fast for 1-3 days and then continue with a Daniel fast.
TYPES OF FASTS
Drink liquids only (you decide the number of days).
Please consult your doctor before beginning the fast.
Detailed information on the Daniel Fast is included in this booklet.
This can be any type of fast that gives up a limited number of food or drink items or lasts for a portion of each day only. For example, fast from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. or sun-up to sun-down, fast caffeine, coffee, soft drinks, sweets, etc.
“And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and dishevelled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get. But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face. Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.”