21 Days of Prayer & Fasting

January 4-24, 2021

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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Week One – Our Hearts

Jan 04 – Presence of God

Jan 05 – Personal Surrender

Jan 06 – Authenticity

Jan 07 – Inspiration

Jan 08 – Trust in the Lord

Jan 09 – Revival

Jan 10 – Forgiveness

Week Two – Our Home

Jan 11 – The Next Generation

Jan 12 – A Spirit-Filled Life

Jan 13 – Our Pastors

Jan 14 – Our Elders, Deacons, and Leaders

Jan 15 – River Valley Worship

Jan 16 – River Valley Campuses

Jan 17 – Obedience

Week Three – Our World

Jan 18 – Our Heart is Global

Jan 19 – Generosity

Jan 20 – The Persecuted Church

Jan 21 – Unreached People Groups

Jan 22 – Hope for Hurting People

Jan 23 – Future Members of River Valley’s 500 Missionaries

Jan 24 – Unity


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!


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