21-Day of Prayer and Fasting
During this time people, we asking that we dedicate ourselves to being renewed by God. To do this we corporately should sacrifice the following:
- 2-hours of your normal daily activity and instead spend time reading God’s word and praying:
- An hour has already been organized for you when you join us for prayer each morning and evening at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. by dialing 1-605-472-5529. Access Code: 247121. Also, there is a daily reading plan to assist you in spending another hour in God’s word.
- Social Media:
- Unless for business purposes, take time away from engaging Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, Snapchap, etc.
- News Media Pundits:
- Take a break from MSNBC, CNN, and FOX NEWS. There are other ways to get the news of the day like – electronic version of the local newspaper, NPR, and local news sites.
- One Weekly (for those who do not often eat out) or Daily Meal of Eating Out:
- During this time, I am asking that you replace one meal or trip to a coffee shop daily with a meal or beverage prepared at home. By sacrificing this convenience once a day, let’s prepare to devote the money saved as an offering to the church at the end of our fasting time.
On Sunday, January 30th, 2022 we will come together to celebrate the completion of this fast! We will make an offering unto God and we will hopefully find ourselves closer to God.
21 Day Corporate Fast
Daily Reading Plan:
Day 1 – Daniel 10
As you read, what specific clarity of vision are you seeking from God during this time? Write down your prayer so you can reflect on it at the end of the 21 days. Spend time praying for God to speak to you and give you strength.
Day 2 – 1 Chronicles 21:18-27
What are you sacrificing during this fast? What is it costing you? Write down your responses and pray for God to show you what God would have you sacrifice in addition.
Day 3 – Daniel 1
During this fast, you’ll have many opportunities to deviate from your commitment – especially if you’re fasting alone or if no one will find out. Pray that God will give you the resolve and courage to stick to the standards you’ve set and honor God through those standards.
Day 4 – Psalms 119
Reflect on how you would describe your passion for God’s Word at this moment? Pray that God will increase that fire in your heart during this time.
Day 5 – Matthew 6:5-18
Reflect on the heart of what Jesus is saying in this passage. What has been the motive behind any conversations you’ve had about fasting? Is it to encourage others or receive support? Is there some secret wish to be seen as holy or spiritual? Only two know the answer to those questions –you and God. Pray asking God to uncover your motives for fasting and ask for ways you can seek encouragement you need without clouding your heart with pride.
Day 6 – Isaiah 58
Pray that God will use your experience with discomfort to permanently alter how you see those in the world who are lost and needy. Pray that God will empty you of all that is you and fill you with all that is God.
Day 7 – Mark 14:1-26
Reflect on how you live your life broken and poured out in remembrance of what Jesus had done for you? How can your life be a living memorial to Christ? Talk to God about things in your life that need to be broken and poured out like that vase of perfume.
Day 8 – Psalms 100
You are entering week two of your fast! This psalm talks about entering God’s presence with thankfulness, gladness, joy, and praise in your heart. If you’ve become focused on the physical hardships you’re facing or the burdens you’re bringing to God in prayer, then spend today just being joyful in the Lord. Write down some things that bring you joy today. Sing a song of praise to Him. Pray that God will stir an urgency to press in and see what God has for you beyond His gates.
Day 9 – Romans 12
This is a great time to explore how you can present your body as a living sacrifice to God. This passage starts with that challenge and offers many ways to express it. In what ways has your fast been helping you experience true worship in new ways? Pray today and ask God to continue to reveal His will for you during this time of sacrifice and worship.
Day 10 – Luke 4
Forty days of nothing? Not hardly. Even though Jesus fasted for forty days, He clearly came out stronger than ever based on the events following it. How is your fast strengthening you? Do you feel like you’re floundering? Maybe you’re not experiencing the outcomes you expected. Ask God to lead you into the same kind of preparation, power, and purpose that Jesus gained from His time of fasting.
Day 11 – James 1
This chapter has many convicting challenges–one being for you to match your faith with action. Don’t just contemplate God’s Word–do what it says. You are now beginning the second half of your fast. Reflect on whether your fast would be characterized more by listening or doing. Ask God for wisdom about where He wants to lead you during this second half of your fast.
Day 12 – 2 Corinthians 1
Food is a source of comfort for many. Reflect on how much your thoughts have been overtaken with craving certain foods, missing the things you’re fasting from, or even how much weight you could lose. Is it often? If it were alcohol or a harmful drug, would you consider yourself addicted if you were this consumed with your desire for them? For many, this fast can begin an awareness of a harmful place food, social media, and the opinions of others may have in your life. It can reveal an addiction. Pray that the God of compassion and all comfort will become your primary source of comfort. Ask God to use this experience with suffering to remove anything in your life that has taken the Holy Spirit’s place as your Comforter.
Day 13 – 1 Peter 2
You are chosen, holy, set apart, a royal priest–you are a child of God. You may be in need of an anchor right now. Set Christ as your cornerstone today. Write down the ways He has brought you from darkness into light. Spend time in prayer today thanking God for beginning a work in you with God’s Son set as the foundation for God to build upon.
Day 14 – Matthew 5:1-14
Blessed are those who hunger… If you can relate to that, spend time meditating on this passage called the Beatitudes or Blessings. Make a point today to count your blessings. Keep a journal with you all day to write down the blessings that God brings to your mind. Pray to thank God for the blessings, even the ones that come as a result of enduring hardships or trials.
Day 15 – Psalms 51
You’re starting the third and final week of your fast. If you’re fasting with a group, take time to reflect together and celebrate what God has begun. If you’ve been fasting alone, be sure to write down your experiences. Even though you may feel like you’re in a groove now, for many this final week will be harder than the others. Ask God to search you and begin to shine a light on all the dark corners of your heart. Ask God to use this last week to refine you and cleanse you.
Day 16 – Psalms 27
The title of today’s reading is A Psalm of Fearless Trust in God. It talks about seeking one thing. During this time of seeking, it’s easy to focus on seeking things from God instead of just seeking God–to seek God’s hand and not God’s face. Think of the difference between approaching a king to kiss his hand and approaching a loving father to kiss his face. God is both our King and Father. God is capable of meeting your needs and answering your prayers. But God also loves you more deeply than you can ever know. When you seek God’s face, you end up in a much closer posture to God. Pray today that you will seek God’s face and get closer to God than you ever have before.
Day 17 – Daniel 3
This is one of the most dazzling stories in the Bible. You can surely relate to the situation these three young men faced–when facts fly in the face of truth. The facts were that they had broken the law, the punishment was death, Nebuchadnezzar was the most powerful man in the world, the fire was hot enough to kill a nearby guard, there were plenty more guards to throw them in, and they were either going to bow or burn. Period. But the truth opposed those facts, and truth was what the three men stood upon. The truth was that either their God was going to deliver them or they would willingly die in His service. The truth is that the Son of God walked with them through the flames. What facts are you facing that defy God’s truth? Take the facts to God in prayer today and believe with boldness that your God will be with you in the fire.
Day 18 – Joel 2:12-32
Tear your hearts instead. You can finish strong by making sure you are weeping and mourning and tearing your heart open wide to allow God’s power and presence to sweep across the landscape of your life. Tell God today that you are baring your heart before God’s mercy, compassion, and unfailing love. Ask God to give you the courage to join God’s advancing army. Ask God to open your eyes to dreams and visions.
Day 19 – Psalms 84
Do your heart and flesh feel faint? As you near the end of your fast, think of the marvelous joy of spending this one day in His courts. Praise God for the ways you are growing and seeking God more. No matter where you are, read this psalm out loud today as your prayer to God. Personalize it or add to it. Sing it loudly or just whisper.
Day 20 – Zechariah 7
Are you considering continuing your fast or maybe beginning new habits of regular fasting? In this chapter people are wondering if they should continue the fasting calendar they had kept and the Lord answers through Zechariah. Since Moses’ time, God instituted a whole calendar of fasts and feasts. Both were designed to draw His people closer to Him. If drawing closer to God is your goal every day, both times of fasting and feasting can be holy to the Lord. Take time to allow God to speak to you about your fasting experience. Ask God to help you reflect on the ways your fast has softened your heart and influenced you to treat others differently.
Day 21 – Ezekiel 47:1-12
No matter how deep you are now, wade in deeper still. Don’t worry about what’s going to get wet. Don’t stop at the point where you can keep your feet underneath you. Get swept away. What are you holding on to? What are your hesitations to living a more Spirit-led life of faith? What illusion of control are you clinging to? Go all in. Pray today that this fast will be just the beginning of a deeper relationship with God. Pray that God will continue to beckon you.