21 Days of Prayer and Fasting

January 6-26, 2020

As we embark on a new year at River Valley Church, we want to make it a priority to seek God first in prayer and fasting. We do this collectively as a church through 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting. Together, we faithfully seek God first, trusting His power alone to create a lasting impact on our lives.

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January 6 // Day 1

PRESENCE OF GOD

January 7 // Day 2

GENEROSITY

January 8 // Day 3

OUR HEART IS GLOBAL

January 9 // Day 4

NEXT GENERATION

January 10 // Day 5

AUTHENTICITY

January 11 // Day 6

INSPIRATION

January 12 // Day 7

UNITY

January 13 // Day 8

THE KETTERLING FAMILY

January 14 // Day 9

ELDERS

January 15 // Day 10

DEACONS

January 16 // Day 11

PASTORS

January 17 // Day 12

STAFF

January 18 // Day 13

LEADERS

January 19 // Day 14

VOLUNTEERS

January 20 // Day 15

REACH 20,000 PEOPLE WEEKLY

January 21 // Day 16

GIVE $10 MILLION ANNUALLY TO KINGDOM BUILDERS

January 22 // Day 17

RAISE UP 500 MISSIONARIES

January 23 // Day 18

PARTNER WITH 2,500 NETWORK CHURCHES

January 24 // Day 19

MOBILIZE THE CHURCH TO GIVE $1 BILLION ANNUALLY ABOVE THE TITHE

January 25 // Day 20

LAUNCH THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS TO DO MORE THAN WE EVER COULD

January 26 // Day 21

WAKE UP THE WORLD TO GLOBAL MISSIONS

Prayer

Here are a few ways you can begin a powerful and personal daily prayer time with God.

 

1. Pick a time and place.

We can pray anytime, anywhere. We should pray spontaneously, but we also shouldn’t leave prayer up to spontaneity. Pick a consistent time when you can be alone with God.

 

2. Listen before you speak.

Prayer is a conversation. Just as God speaks to us through the Bible, He is listening when we pray. When you sit down to pray, let God have the first word.

 

3. Prioritize the spiritual.

We should spend as much time praying for our souls, for the salvation of our loved ones, and for the spread of the gospel as we pray about anything else.

 

4. Ask for anything.

Jesus invites us to keep asking, interceding, and praying. God knows what’s best for you, and He’s listening, so don’t be afraid to pray and ask Him for anything!

Fasting

What is Fasting?

Fasting is voluntarily going without food—or any other regularly enjoyed, good gift from God—for the sake of a spiritual purpose. Jesus invites His followers to fast, and we fast in this life because we believe in the life to come. We fast from what we can see and taste, because we have tasted and seen the goodness of God—and are desperately hungry for more of Him. So take a step of faith, pray without ceasing, and watch God move in your life, our church, and the world!

 

Scripture References

Matthew 6:16-18, Matthew 9:14-15, Luke 18:9-14, Acts 27:33-37, Nehemiah 9:1-3

 

Types of Fasts

Seeking Fast: fasting to seek God with more intensity and more intentionality life
Favor Fast: fasting for a situation where you need the favor of God
Discernment Fast: fasting for a major decision you have to make
Gratitude Fast: fasting to express thankfulness to God for His love
Dream Fast: fasting to receive God-sized dreams for your future