21 Days of Fasting and Prayer is for You

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 we are in red, orange or yellow, whether you join us in person or online, we would love for you to be part of 21 Days of Fasting and Prayer.

During this season of 21 Days of Prayer, we encourage fasting as a spiritual next step that can bring clarity and revelation into your life. You can also choose to fast at other times of the year as you seek God.

About Fasting

What is Biblical Fasting?

“Fasting can be an important step in your growth as a follower of Jesus.”

Matthew Maxwell

Biblical fasting can be defined as abstaining from food for spiritual purposes. Simply going without food because it is not available or for medical reasons is not biblical fasting. There must be a spiritual motivation to qualify a fast as biblical.

In his book “A Hunger for God,” John Piper writes, “Christian fasting, at its root, is the hunger of a homesickness for God. Christian fasting is not only the spontaneous effect of superior satisfaction in God, it is also a chosen weapon against every force in the world that would take that satisfaction away.”

Some Biblical Examples and Purposes of Fasting

  • Jesus fasted to acknowledge His dependence and to gain spiritual strength through reliance on the Holy Spirit and God’s Word. He did this before He began His public ministry (Luke 4:1-2).
  • Nehemiah fasted for confession, repentance and favor in the sight of the king to get permission to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 1:4).
  • David humbled himself, asking God to intervene because of injustice (Psalm 35:13). In 2 Samuel 12:17-23, he fasted for healing and miraculous intervention.
  • Mordecai and the Jews fasted upon hearing the news of Haman’s wicked plot for their extermination (Esther 4:3).
  • The early church fasted while worshiping and committing their ministry to the Lord. They also sought the Lord through fasting for guidance and confirmation during the appointment of elders (Acts 13:2, 14:23).
  • Jesus expected His disciples to fast, but He did not command it (Matthew 6:16).

Wrong Motivations for Fasting

  • To be seen by others (Matthew 6:18). Piper writes, “The critical issue is not whether people know you are fasting but whether you want them to know so that you can bask in their admiration.”
  • To be justified by God (Luke 18:9-14). In a parable to people “confident of their own righteousness” (New International Version), Jesus spoke of two men. One said, “I fast twice a week.” The other said, “God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” Only one “went home justified before God.”
  • To be commended to God (1 Corinthians 8:8). Food will not commend us to God; we are neither worse if we do not eat nor the better if we do. Fasting does not cause us to “earn” something from God, but it helps us to be more receptive to what He wants to do in and through us.

Right Motivations for Fasting

  • Repentance.
  • For spiritual strength against an enemy attack.
  • To awaken a spiritual hunger for God that may be dulled because of “desires for other things” (Mark 4:19, NIV).
  • To test and see what desires control us.
  • To forfeit good things for the better and best.
  • To express our ache for His return. Jesus said, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about” (John 4:32, NIV).
  • To demonstrate our love and desire for God above all things (even above His gifts).
  • To divide our bread with the poor. “To loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke” (Isaiah 58:6-7, NIV).

Types of Fasts

Complete Fast

In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.

Selective Fast

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.

Partial 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 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown.

Soul Fast

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.

A Prayer Guide

“Fasting without focused prayer is a diet.”

Matthew Palmer

At Journey, we don’t have to follow a specific formula to talk with God, but practicing different ways to pray can help us find deeper purpose and connection to Him through our prayer time.

Need some help or guidance knowing how to pray?  We’re including a link to a Prayer Guide.  This guide is designed to give you several prayer models. You don’t have to master all of them at once; you can select a different prayer model each day in any order you want, and even spend a few days on the same model as you become more comfortable.

To get started, choose which model you want to use today in prayer. As you pray, focus on the process the model reveals, giving yourself time to pray intentionally. If your mind wanders, use the model to restore your focus.

The goal of using this guide is not to add pressure or overwhelm you. The goal is simply to get comfortable with different biblical models of prayer and for your prayer life to become more natural, effective, and enjoyable. To make your prayer time even more meaningful, you can write notes and prayer requests and play worship music. The most important step is committing to regularly entering God’s presence through prayer.

The heart of this guide is to help you find a new level of purpose, effectiveness, and enjoyment in your prayer life. While prayer does take commitment and can require discipline to develop into a daily habit, we also want to remember that it’s a “get to” not a “got to.” It’s a privilege to be able to come to God in prayer.

Our 21 Day Fast Schedule

February 7-28, 2021

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“Even now, declares the LORD, Return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.”   Joel 2:12 NIV
The LORD says, “I will give you back what you lost…”  Joel 2:25 NLT

WEEK 1: RETURN TO OUR FOCUS ON JESUS

February 7-13, 2021

Sunday: Church Service – Hebrews 10:25

Monday: Worshipping Him – John 4:23

Tuesday: Dependence on Him – Zechariah 4:6

Wednesday: Surrendered to Him – Romans 12:1

Thursday: Committed to Him – Proverbs 3:6

Friday: Obeying Him – 1 John 5:3

Saturday: Experiencing Him – 2 Corinthians 3:16-18

WEEK 2: RETURN TO GOD’S WORK IN ME

February 14-20, 2021

Sunday: Church Service – Acts 2:42

Monday: Freedom from Bondage – Galatians 5:1

Tuesday: Healing from Disease – Isaiah 53:5

Wednesday: Vision for My Life – Habakkuk 2:2-3

Thursday: Blessing over Trouble – Philippians 4:19

Friday: Victory over the Enemy – 1 Corinthians 10:3-5

Saturday: Miracles for the Impossible – Matthew 19:26

WEEK 3: RETURN TO OUR MISSION TOGETHER

February 21-28, 2021

Sunday: Church Service – Psalm 84:4

Monday: Revival in Our Nation – 2 Chronicles 7:14

Tuesday: Building of Our Church – Matthew 16:18

Wednesday: Fighting for Our Families – Nehemiah 4:14

Thursday: Reaching Our Sphere of Influence – Acts 1:8

Friday: Salvation for Our Generation – 2 Peter 3:9

Sabbath Saturday:  Rest with your family, or alone.  But use this day as a day of refueling.  Don’t focus on anything work related…do your best to not participate in extra curricular activities [sports, shopping, etc].  Turn off ALL electronics like TV, phones, computers, etc.  And use this time for focusing on God and others.

Final Sunday – A celebration service of Surrendering our hearts to His will.

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