21 DAYS OF PRAYER AND FASTING
January 5 – January 26
Join in today! Text 21Days to 763-401-7761
From the beginning, Emmanuel has made it a priority to seek God first in prayer. We do this collectively as a church in January through 21 Days of Prayer. This is intentional on our part as it is a time to set new goals/rhythms to start the year off strong. Together, we faithfully seek God first, trusting in His power alone to create lasting impact in our lives, our church, and our world.
At Emmanuel, we encourage fasting for 21 days each year in the month of January. This is part of 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting, a season of focused prayer as a church family. You may also choose to fast at other times during the year for your own spiritual development. It’s very typical to fast a single meal, a whole day, or three days or more. The timing of your fast is not as important as the strength of your focus on God as you fast.
According to the Bible, there are three duties of every Christian: give, pray and fast.
Biblical fasting takes a lot of discipline and strength—strength which you can only receive from God. Your private discipline will bring you rewards in Heaven, says Matthew 6. When you give God your first through fasting, prayer and giving at the beginning of the year, you set the course for the entire year.
WHY SHOULD I FAST?
- Are you in need of healing or a miracle?
- Do you need the touch of God in your life?
- Is there a dream inside you that only He can make possible?
- Are you in need of a fresh encounter?
- Do you desire a deeper, more intimate and powerful relationship with the Lord?
- Are you ready to have heightened sensitivity to the desires of God?
- Do you need to break away from bondages that have been holding you hostage?
- Is there a friend or loved one that needs Salvation?
- Do you desire to know God’s will for your life?
[Is] not this the fast that I have chosen to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
– ISAIAH 58:6
We want to encourage you to target your prayers during the fast. Fasting empowers us in unique ways to break free from oppressing dynamics in our life spiritually, emotionally, habitually, financially and physically. Ask the Lord to show you areas to target during your time of fasting and prayer. We believe that, as we pray and seek God and give Him our best at the first of the year, He will bless our ENTIRE year (Matthew 6:33)!
There are several types of fasting. The one you choose is between you and God. He will honor your best sacrifice.
- Full Fast
Drink only liquids (you establish the number of days).
- The Daniel Fast
Eat no meat, no sweets and no bread. Drink water and juice. Eat fruits and vegetables. Learn More Here
- 3-Day Fast
This fast can be a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.
- Partial Fast
A partial fast is from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm or from sun up to sundown. You can select from three types of fasting —a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.
SCRIPTURE REFERENCES FOR FASTING
- Matthew 6:16-18, Matthew 9:14-15, Luke 18:9-14
RELATION TO PRAYER AND READING OF THE WORD
- 1 Samuel 1:6-8, 17-18, Nehemiah 1:4, Daniel 9:3, 20, Joel 2:12, Luke 2:37, Acts 10:30,Acts 13:2
- 1 Samuel 7:5-6, Ezra 8:21-23, Nehemiah 9:1-3, Joel 2:15-16, Jonah 3:5-10, Acts 27:33-37
Remember that it is the attitude of a heart sincerely seeking Him to which God responds with a blessing (Isaiah 58, Jeremiah 14:12, 1 Corinthians 8:8). May God greatly bless you as you fast! Your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your body, your options, and most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.
- Complete Fast
In this type of fast, you drink 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 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.
- Set Yourself Apart
This is also known as consecration. It is a great option if you do not have much experience fasting food, have health issues that prevent you from fasting food, or if you wish to refocus certain areas of your life that are out of balance. For example, you might choose to stop using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast and then carefully bring that element back into your life in healthy doses at the conclusion of the fast.
Join by committing to participate in the fast through one of the options listed above and let us know by text! Text 21Days to 763-401-7761.
Make sure to celebrate the completion of the fast with us on Vision Night, January 26th at 6pm at the Spring Lake Park Campus. The end of this service will mark the completion of the fast for us as a church body.
21 Days of Prayer is a time where we intentionally seek God every day in prayer as we believe for Him to move in powerful ways. If you are preparing for an upcoming season of 21 Days of Prayer or you want to learn more about strengthening your personal prayer life, use these resources to help.