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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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!
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!
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