21 Days of Prayer and Fasting

If you sense God has more for your life, 21 Days of Prayer is a great place to start believing Him for all that He has for you. As you practice seeking Him first, He will move on your behalf like never before. You will start to see the power of prayer impact your relationships, work, family, and every area of your life. Whether you join us in person or online, we would love for you to be part of 21 Days of Prayer.

What is Fasting?

In Matthew 6:16, Jesus taught fasting as a believer’s duty, saying, “When you fast…” Notice He said when you fast, not if you fast. Jesus expected His disciples to fast as a natural result of discipleship — just as He expects us to give to the needy and pray passionately (Matthew 6:2,5,16).

 

The Early Church was a fasting Church. In Acts 13:2-3, the Spirit called Barnabas and Saul to their missionary work while the believers were worshiping and fasting.

In Acts 14:23, after Paul and Barnabas established new churches in Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch they appointed elders and committed them to the Lord “with prayer and fasting.”

Scripture never says how often or how long to fast, but we clearly should incorporate seasons of fasting into our spiritual life. Fasting is not a way to manipulate or coerce God into making our agenda happen. Fasting is less about what I limit and more about what I put into my soul. Fasting should include intimate time with God — reading His Word and listening to His voice.

Fasting can look a variety of ways, and you are more than welcome to design a plan that is best for you. The goal is to give something up, whether that is food or something else, in order to fill ourselves with Christ instead. It is to serve as a reminder to go to God in prayer during that time.

Ideas for Fasting:

  • Food – Fast from sunrise to sunset or skip one meal a day.
  • Social Media – Be intentional about limiting your social media. Delete the apps off of your phone.
  • Entertainment – When you would spend time watching a movie or reading a magazine, be intentional about time in prayer and reading Scripture.

WHAT IS FASTING?

In Matthew 6:16, Jesus taught fasting as a believer’s duty, saying, “When you fast…” Notice He said when you fast, not if you fast. Jesus expected His disciples to fast as a natural result of discipleship — just as He expects us to give to the needy and pray passionately (Matthew 6:2,5,16).

 

The Early Church was a fasting Church. In Acts 13:2-3, the Spirit called Barnabas and Saul to their missionary work while the believers were worshiping and fasting.

In Acts 14:23, after Paul and Barnabas established new churches in Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch they appointed elders and committed them to the Lord “with prayer and fasting.” 

Scripture never says how often or how long to fast, but we clearly should incorporate seasons of fasting into our spiritual life. Fasting is not a way to manipulate or coerce God into making our agenda happen. Fasting is less about what I limit and more about what I put into my soul. Fasting should include intimate time with God — reading His Word and listening to His voice.  

Fasting can look a variety of ways, and you are more than welcome to design a plan that is best for you. The goal is to give something up, whether that is food or something else, in order to fill ourselves with Christ instead. It is to serve as a reminder to go to God in prayer during that time.

Ideas for Fasting:

  • Food – Fast from sunrise to sunset or skip one meal a day.
  • Social Media – Be intentional about limiting your social media. Delete the apps off of your phone.
  • Entertainment – When you would spend time watching a movie or reading a magazine, be intentional about time in prayer and reading Scripture.
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