WHY WE FAST
The posture of fasting in its simplest form is about putting God first in our lives. In our fast-paced, ever-evolving world, it’s important to take time to remind ourselves of our true priority. Closeness with God is the one and only thing that can bring us true peace, fulfillment, joy, and assurance.
Fasting is not always a comfortable journey for your physical body, but if you commit yourself to prioritizing God for the next 21 days, you’ll find there’s nothing better for the health of your spirit and your relationship with God than to intentionally put Him first.
HOW WE FAST
You may be happy to know there is more than one kind of fast. Especially if you’ve never fasted before, we advise you to consult your doctor before taking on a complete fast or certain selective fasts. Here are four primary ways to fast:
COMPLETE FAST - This fast calls for drinking 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 abstain from meat, sweets, and bread, only consuming 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 sunrise to sunset.
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 who wish to refocus certain areas of their lives that are out of balance. For instance, some might select to abstain from using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast, carefully bringing that element back into their lives in an orderly fashion at the conclusion of the fast.
WHY WE PRAY
Every good relationship starts with the same key elements—love, trust, honesty, and communication—and the same concepts apply to our relationship with God. Prayer is all about connecting with God through a personal relationship with Him. God speaks to us through His Word, but He also wants us to talk back to Him.
It’s through prayer that we express our love and thanks to Him, we ask Him for the things we need, or we just let Him know where we are struggling and need His help. God is never far away from you. In every little moment of every day, He is right beside you with His love fully focused on you—so just talk to Him.
HOW WE PRAY
We are providing you with topics to pray for each day, but the content of your prayer is up to you. We encourage you to continue praying beyond just the words we’ve given you as a starting point. You don’t have to say or do anything that you wouldn’t normally say or do when you’re talking to someone—just be yourself! God wants to hear your honest prayers. Share your thoughts, your frustrations, what you’re thankful for, what you need—He wants to hear it, so He can respond! God doesn’t want polished, eloquent prayers; He just wants to hear from you. He wants to have your undivided focus as you speak to Him throughout your day. In 1 Thessalonians 5:16–17 ESV it says, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God.” Pray when you’re getting ready in the morning, when you’re on your way to work or school, as you’re walking to your car or the next destination, when you’re driving,
and everywhere else. God is with you all of the time, so any time is a great time for prayer!
21 TOPICS TO PRAY THROUGH
Day 1: Your own relationship with God
Day 2: 4 Points Church
Day 3: Your immediate & extended family
Day 4: Your work
Day 5: Your finances
Day 6: Marriages in your life & our church
Day 7: Other churches in our community
Day 8: Friends/family who are not believers
Day 9: Pastors & church leaders
Day 10: Spiritual awakening/revival
Day 11: Justice & peace
Day 12: The least, lost, & lonely
Day 13: Women in our community
Day 14: Men in our community
Day 15: Boldness & courage
Day 16: Wisdom
Day 17: Those in leadership over you (boss, politicians, etc)
Day 18: A greater desire for God’s Word
Day 19: Persistence
Day 20: A greater dependence on the Holy Spirit
Day 21: God to use you to grow His Kingdom