21 Days of Prayer and Night of Worship
As we end one year and begin another, we encourage our entire church family to join us in prayer—21 Days of consistent, specific prayer. As you pray, read your Bible and fast daily from December 30 – January 19. You will see a difference in your relationships, your work, your family and every area of your life. It is then that you will best be able to spread God’s love to others. We will celebrate this journey together with a Night of Worship on Friday, January 18 at 7:00 PM.
21 DAYS OF PRAYER IS FOR YOU
God is always at work in us and the more we seek Him first, the more aware we become of all He has for us and the person He desires us to become. His desires start becoming our desires. Our heart begins beating for the same things His does and when this starts to happen you will notice a difference in your relationships, your work, your generosity, your family and in every area of your life.
WHY 21 DAYS?
There is nothing magical about 21 days, but that is the generally accepted number of days that it takes to establish a daily habit. And that’s the goal…to develop a new daily habit of connecting with our Father in heaven through prayer.
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED
Daily personal prayer
We encourage you to spend time each day connecting with God in prayer. Our Prayer Guide web page will give you tips on how to pray and give you some suggested ways to help focus your daily prayer time. Here are some practical ideas for finding time to pray in your busy schedule:
- Consider a prayer walk through your neighborhood early in the morning and pray for your neighbors while you walk.
- Keep the radio off and put down the cell phone and use your drive time to/from work to pray.
- Keep your family around the dinner table after your meal and pray together as a family.
- Use your lunch break to go to a secluded spot to pray.
Daily Bible reading
- Click here for Reading Plans on the topic of prayer from the YouVersion Bible app (Bible.com).
- RightNow Media has a number of video studies on the topic of prayer – click here.
- Visit the Community Bookstore on Sunday or visit your favorite book retailer to pick up a copy of The Story or the One Year Bible.
Guided prayer time on our campus
Join us in the Auditorium from 6:30 – 7:30 AM each weekday (Monday – Friday) during 21 Days of Prayer for a special time of prayer. There will be a half hour of guided prayer time from 6:30 – 7:00 AM followed by a half hour of silent prayer time.
Prayer walk on our campus
PRAYER AND FASTING GO HAND IN HAND
As a part of 21 Days of Prayer, you are encouraged to not only pray daily, but to also fast daily during this time in order to draw closer to God.
WHAT IS FASTING?
Biblical fasting is to voluntarily give up something that is part of our daily routine in order to draw closer to God. During this time, we pray for something specific. The purpose of giving up or sacrificing what we want helps us remember to pray and helps us remember that we are serious about what we are asking for in prayer. All through Scripture, God’s people fasted and prayed when they wanted to draw near to God, hear from Him and seek answers to prayers. In the Bible, fasting was always associated with food. But today, there may be things that are harder to give up than food – things such as television or games or texting or shopping. Fasting coupled with prayer is the one discipline Jesus promised would bring about supernatural results. And it is a discipline God assumes all believers practice – in Matthew 6:16 (see below), Jesus said “when you fast” not “if you fast.”
Matthew 6:16 says, “And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get.” New Living Translation
Listed below are some of the reasons why people in the Bible fasted:
Repentance: Jonah 3:5 and Daniel 6:18
When facing danger: Ezra 8:21, 23
Courage and wisdom: Esther 4:3, 16 and 9:31
In times of grief: 1 Samuel 31:13 and 1 Chronicles 10:12
In times of distress: 2 Samuel 1:12
Spiritual power: Mark 9:29
Ultimate denial of the flesh: Matthew 4:2
Wisdom: Acts 14:23
Answered prayers: Matthew 17:21
Mourning: Daniel 10:1-3
Special revelation: Exodus 34:27-28
Spiritual recuperation: 1 Kings 19:1-9
Set aside self for holiness: 1 Corinthians 7:5
HOW DO I FAST?
Complete fast – this fast calls for drinking only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option, for an entire day or period of days.
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.
Single food fast – this fast involves giving up coffee or chocolate or meat or whatever you will miss if you don’t have it.
Fast from eating out – refrain from eating out during the period of your fast.
This fast is for those 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. Some ideas:
- Give up TV or video games
- Give up texting or turn off the cell phone
- Abstain from social media
- Fast from internet shopping or all recreational shopping and only purchase essentials
TELL US ABOUT YOUR 21 DAYS OF PRAYER EXPERIENCE
Send an email to email@example.com to share how God has blessed your life during 21 Days of Prayer. Share your answered prayers. Tell us how your life has been impacted spiritually.
Record your story by video on your mobile phone and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org to share how God has blessed your life during 21 Days of Prayer so we can share it on our Facebook page to be an encouragement to others.