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21 Days of Prayer and Fasting 2023 

January 9th – January 29th

Twenty-one days of prayer and fasting will revitalize your faith and create a greater intimacy with you and Jesus.  Won’t you join us? While we fast as a church family, we invite you to  make Wednesday night prayer a priority as we fast together.   We will encourage each other and pray together for God to move powerfully in our lives.

 

Throughout The Bible, God’s people regularly took time to fast and pray in order to grow closer to God and experience breakthroughs in specific areas. Do you want to deepen your relationship with God or see Him move supernaturally in a specific area?  This is a great time to fast and pray.

 

As God moves in your life post your praise reports here.

 

7 Days of Prayer for Bethel Kids 

A great idea is to include your kids in our 21 days of prayer and fasting – download our guide here for your family.

The Basics of Fasting

Discover how to start Fasting

Fasting is abstaining. It’s going without food and drink or something else in your life that you’ll miss. However, it’s not only going without. The goal of Christian fasting is breakthrough in your life which requires prayer. Prayer and fasting go together. Abstaining always serves some greater end and purpose. Christian
fasting is abstaining for the sake of some specific Christian purpose. Without a spiritual purpose, it’s not Christian fasting. It’s just going hungry or without. So why should we fast?

STEP 1: THE WHY (P.S. THIS IS NOT A DIET PLAN)

Why are we fasting? We are hungry for spiritual renewal. We all need a fresh revelation of who God is and when that happens collectively, we experience revival. Ask the Holy Spirit to clarify the specifics of this fast as it applies to your life and our church family.

Through fasting and prayer we humble ourselves before God so the Holy Spirit will awaken our soul, awaken our church and heal our land according to 2Chronicles 7:14. Make this a priority in your fasting.

Fasting requires reasonable precautions. Consult your physician first if you’re doing an intense food fast, especially if you take prescription medication or have a chronic problem. Some people should never fast without professional supervision.

STEP 2: THE WHAT

Pray about the kind of fast you should undertake. Jesus implied that all of His followers should fast (Matthew 6:16-18; 9:14,15). For Him it’s a matter of when believers would fast, not if they will do it. Before you fast, decide the following up front:
• One meal, two meals, 3 meals a day, a week?
• The type of fast God wants you to undertake. Just liquids? Daniel Fast?
Social Media fast? sugar fast? junk food fast? meat fast? entertainment fast?
• How much time each day you will devote to prayer and God’s Word. This goes with fasting.

Making these commitments ahead of time will help you stick with your fast when physical temptations and life’s pressures push you to abandon it.

STEP 3: THE HOW

The very foundation of fasting and prayer is repentance. Here are several things you can do to prepare your heart:
• Ask God to help you make a list of your sins.
• Confess every sin that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind and accept God’s forgiveness (1 John 1:9).
• Seek forgiveness from all whom you have offended, and forgive all who have hurt you (Mark 11:25; Luke 11:4; 17:3,4).
• Make things right as the Holy Spirit leads you.
• Ask God to fill you with His Holy Spirit according to His command in Ephesians 5:18 and His promise in 1 John 5:14,15.
• Surrender your life fully to Jesus as your Lord and Master; refuse to obey your flesh (Romans 12:1,2).
• Meditate on the attributes of God – His love, sovereignty, power, wisdom,
faithfulness, grace, compassion, and others (Psalm 48:9,10; 103:1-8, 11-13).
• Begin your time of fasting and prayer with an expectant heart (Hebrews11:6).
• Do not underestimate spiritual opposition. Satan sometimes intensifies the natural battle between body and spirit (Galatians 5:16,17).

EVERY DAY ASK YOURSELF:

What did I learn, what must I do, what did I pray today? What is happening in my life? List the miracles.

Food fasts require the following:
• A doctors approval if you have a medical condition.
• Limit your activity.
• Exercise only moderately.
• Rest as much as your schedule will permit.
• Prepare yourself for temporary mental discomforts such as impatience, crankiness, and anxiety. You may get hangry.
• Expect some physical discomforts, especially on the second day. You may have fleeting hunger pains, dizziness, or the “blahs.” Withdrawal from caffeine and sugar may cause headaches. Physical annoyances may also include weakness, tiredness, or sleeplessness.

The first two or three days are usually the hardest. As you continue to fast, you will likely experience a sense of well-being both physically and spiritually. However, should you feel hunger pains, increase your liquid intake.

Daily Prayer Points

January 9th
Day 1 – God Wants to Impact Your Life – Pray that He Will


January 10th
Day 2 – Lift the Needs You Have and Return to Them Throughout This Fast


January 11th
Day 3 – Pray that God Would Increase the Love in Your Heart.


January 12th
Day 4 – Pray for an Increase of Joy in Your Life


January 13th
Day 5 – Pray for Peace that Passes All Understanding


January 14th
Day 6 – Pray for an Increase in Your Faith in Him


January 15th
Day 7 – Pray for Personal Revival


January 16th
Day 8 – Pray for Joy in Our Church


January 17th
Day 9 – Pray That God Would Use Bethel to Impact Ottawa


January 18th
Day 10 – Pray for Spiritual Strength in the Next Generation


January 19th
Day 11 – Pray for the Leadership at Bethel

January 20th
Day 12 – Pray for a Deep Belief in the Power of Prayer

 

January 21st
Day 13 – Pray for a Deep Love and Appreciation for God’s Word


January 22nd
Day 14 – Pray That our Praise and Worship Would Bless Him

 

January 23rd
Day 15 – Pray That Freedom Would Reign in The House of God

January 24th
Day 16 – Pray and Reflect on this time of Prayer and Fasting. Ask for Breakthrough!


January 25th
Day 17 – Practice His Presence. Listen in Prayer For the Voice of God


January 26th
Day 18 – Prayer for Salvation


January 27th
Day 19 – Pray for Revival


January 28th
Day 20 – Pray that You’ll Impact Your World Around You


January 29th
Day 21 – Praise and Worship Him! Give Him Thanks!