21 Days of Prayer and Fasting
The goal of fasting is to draw closer to God. Spiritual fasting includes setting aside activities and/or reducing your food intake and replacing these activities with the exercise of prayer and preoccupation with spiritual concerns. This 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.
What types of fast are there?
- A Normal Fast – There is no intake of food for a prescribed period of time, though there may be an intake of liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.* Water-only fasts that last for more than several days need to be done with complete rest and under medical supervision because of the extreme danger of over-toxification, breakdown of vital body tissues, and loss of electrolytes.
- A Partial Fast – In this fast the diet is limited, though some food is allowed. One example of a partial fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, or bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food. This fast is recommended for our 21 day fast.
- Absolute Fast – There is a total abstinence from food and liquids in all forms and is done for a short time.
- Soul Fast – This fast is common for those who may not have a lot of experience fasting from food, who have health issues that prevent them from fasting food, or who wish to refocus certain areas of their life that are out of balance. For instance, someone might select to abstain from using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast, and then choose to carefully bring that element back into their life in an orderly fashion at the conclusion of the fast
What type of fast is Harvest Point doing?
For 21 days many will focus on a Partial Fast, specifically the Daniel Fast, but you should choose what is most appropriate. Again, you may choose to fast at other times during the year for your own spiritual development. It’s very typical to fast a single meal, a whole day, or three days or more. The timing of your fast is not as important as the strength of your focus on Him as you fast. For those who do not have much experience fasting food, who have health issues that prevent them from fasting food, or who wish to refocus certain areas of their life that are out of balance. For instance, someone might select to abstain from using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast, and then choose to carefully bring that element back into their life in an orderly fashion at the conclusion of the fast.
How can you join the 21 day experience?
- Make a personal Commitment to fast for the 21 days. “Fasting” means we humbly deny something of the flesh to Glorify God, enhance our spirit and strengthen our prayer life.
- Prepare for the fast by reading, Psalm 51, 1 Samuel 15, and Isaiah 58 The verses serve as evidence that God is not interested in devout sacrifices to Him, rather in our obedience to do His Will in our lives. He wants us to be more like him, and that requires us forgetting our will and seeking His.
- Pause for prayer at 7:00 am An effective way for our church to be unified is if we pause for prayer together. We will host a prayer call every morning for 21 days for all who would like to participate. The call number is 712-770-4010. The Access Code is 986-560#.
Why Are We Doing This?
- Why Fasting? When we use our physical appetites as a constant reminder to pray, read the Bible or meditate, we realize how much we are consumed with outside things. Fasting realigns with God’s Will for our lives.
- Why 21 days? In Daniel 10:2-13, Daniel fasted and prayed for 21 days. After his fast, he received a breakthrough and Daniel received answers to his prayers. These 21 days will be a time for us to reconnect with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
What are some scripture references for fasting?
Matthew 6:16-18, Matthew 9:14-15, Luke 18:9-14, Acts 14:23,Nehemiah 9:1-3, Mark 9:29
Information about the Daniel fast.
For foods to include during the Daniel Fast, please visit danielfast.wordpress.com.
21 Day Prayer Guide
Day 1: Pray that you would have a hunger for the things of God- His Word, His Righteousness and His Will. Matthew 5:6
Day 2: Pray that we will bold and diligent in this season of prayer and fasting.
Day 3: Pray for personal and corporate repentance of sin and turn to holiness in Christ.
Day 4: Pray for believers to grow in Godly character, and become spiritually mature; for sexual purity among pastors, leaders, and broken marriages. Matthew 6: 16-18; Eph 4:14-32
Day 5: Pray that there would be a growing desire among believers and within the church to develop genuine fellowship and relation and “building up one another in love.” 1 Cor 12; Rom. 12
Day 6: Pray for a heart of worship personally and corporately as a church; and the desire to please God and fear only God. Psalm 95 and 150.
Day 7: Pray that believers grow in maturity and they give obediently and generously to advance God’s kingdom. 2 Cor. 9:7.
Day 8: Pray for unity and harmony of the church, for our church and area church to be unified with the sole purpose to make disciples. Eph. 4: 1-3
Day 9: Pray for the purpose and vision of the church. Pray for your role in fulfilling that vision. Eph 4:15-16.
Day 10: Pray for Pastors, Elders, Deacons and area leaders that they be filled with God’s wisdom and direction for the church. Pray for a clear vision, and strategic planning for Glory of God. Hebrews 13:7.
Day 11: Pray for division, strife, and false doctrine. All eyes are on the church. The potential for division and disruption is high. Pray that distractions are identified and to remain focused. Proverbs 4:25.
Day 12: Pray for marriages and families in the body of Christ. The health of the church is defined by the health of families. Eph. 6:18.
Day 13: Pray that there be an increase of unchurched and unsaved making a decision for Christ. 1 Timothy 2:3-4.
Day 14: Pray for the missionaries around the world. Pray that the gospel be spread around the world. Pray for their protection.
Day 15: Pray for our children and youth. Pray that they are grounded in the truth and knowledge of Christ at an early age in order to withstand and identify the lies of the enemy.
Day 16: Pray for our women of the church that be Godly, genuinely love one another, and have a heart that they are theirs sister’s keeper.”
Day 17: Pray for our men of the church that they be leaders in their home, and at work. That they only operate in integrity and diligently seek God in all they do.
Day 18: Pray for people and their trust in God. Pray that we put away sin and doubtful habits.
Day 19: Pray for leaders to have wisdom in making decisions as they lead the church and their specific area of ministry.
Day 20: Pray for all churches who gather in His name. Pray the Bride of the Bridegroom.
Day 21: Pray for God’s spirit to guard our leadership’s character against temptation, discouragement, and the attacks of the enemy.