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January 2 - 22, 2017

21 Days of Prayer is a time we seek to know the Lord better in every way imaginable as we meet with Him face to face each day.

As you prepare your heart and mind for this special season of prayer, the following resources on prayer and fasting will help equip you for this amazing journey.

We have set aside time for prayer every day. Feel free to join us: 

  • 6:30 - 7:30 am
  • 6:30 - 7:30 pm (except Wed. & Sun.)
  • Prayer will be in the Chapel (the closest entrance is door K)

Life Style Prayer

Jesus made sure that daily prayer was part of His everyday life.

“Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.” Mark 1:35

 

  • A specific time

 Jesus got up very early in the morning (a long while before daylight) to spend time with the Father. We should do the same. Set a time each day and keep it.

 

  • A specific place

 Jesus had a place for private prayer. You need one, also. Someplace without distractions where you can pray out loud.

 

  • A specific plan

What are you going to pray for? Have a plan when you go to pray. If God changes it that’s okay. Remember the Lord’s Prayer? That’s the pattern Jesus used when He taught His disciples how to pray.

 

The Lord’s Prayer

“One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When He finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray…” Luke 11:1

 

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one, for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever” Matthew 6:9-13

 

“Our Father in heaven...”

 1. Connect with God relationally.

“You have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, ‘Abba, Father’” Romans 8:15

 

God loves for us to call Him our Father. Establish your intimate relationship with Him and thank Him for the relationship you have with Him.

 

“…Hallowed be Your Name…”

 

2. Worship His Name

“God’s name is a place of protection—the righteous can run there and be safe” Proverbs 18:10

 

What are His Names?

Righteousness – He makes me clean

Sanctifier – He has called me and set me apart

Healer – He heals all my diseases

Banner of Victory – He has defeated my enemy

Shepherd – He speaks to me and leads me

Peace – He is my peace in every storm

Provider – He supplies all of my needs

 

“…Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven…”

 

3. Pray His agenda first

“He will always give you all you need from day to day if you will make the Kingdom of God your primary concern” Luke 12:31

God’s priorities:

Saving the Lost

Guiding those in authority – parental, spiritual, governmental, workplace

His will in us

 

 

“…Give us this day our daily bread…”

 

4. Depend on Him for everything

“I look up to the mountains—does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!” Psalm 121:1-2

 

Ask God for what you want and need and then trust Him for the answer.

 

“…Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors…”

 

5. Get your heart right with God and People

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” 1 John 1:9

 

Ask God to check your heart and motives. Receive His forgiveness for any area that He brings to mind.

 

Forgive anyone who has offended you in any way. You can even forgive people in advance. 

 

“…And do not lead us into temptation but deliver us from the evil one…”

 

6. Engage in spiritual warfare

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” Ephesians 6:12

 

Take your stand against the enemy and fight the good fight of faith. Every lie that the enemy has told you should be replaced with the truth of God’s Word.

 

“…For yours is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory forever.”

 

7. Express faith in God’s ability

“Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you” Jeremiah 32:17

End your prayer time by reminding yourself of God’s ability. Return to praise and make your faith declarations.

 

“Yours is the Kingdom” – all rule belongs to You

“Yours is the Power” – all mightiness flows from You

“Yours is the Glory” – Your victory shall be complete

 

 

Types of Fasts

Complete Fast

This fast calls for drinking only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.

 

Selective Fast

This 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. You consume water and juice for fluids as well as 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 am to 3 pm, or from sunup to sundown.

 

Soul Fast

This fast is common for those who do not have much experience fasting food, who have health issues that prevent them from fasting food, or those 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.