21 Days of Prayer and Fasting

As we embark on a new year at River Valley, 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 and Fasting. Together, we faithfully seek God first, trusting in His power alone to create lasting impact in our lives, our church, and our world.

Each day has a specific prayer focus, a verse to reflect on, and a space to write down any thoughts, dreams, and prayers God lays on your heart. Below you will find some helpful tips on prayer and fasting.

Thank you for partnering with our church as we seek God intentionally for the next 21 days.

 

Download the Prayer and Fasting Journal

 

January 7

The Presence of God in all we do

January 8

Our Lead Pastor and his family Pastor Rob, Becca, Connor, Logan, and Mikayla

January 9

Woodbury Campus

January 10

The next generation of leaders in Go Kids, YTH, RVLI, and 20+

January 11

Apple Valley Campus

January 12

Global Project and sending 500 missionaries

January 13

Minneapolis Campus

January 14

Inspiring Weekend Services

January 15

Shakopee Campus

January 16

Living a life of authenticity

January 17

Crosstown Campus

January 18

Future Christian leaders, our Conference, and River Valley Network

January 19

Minnetrista Campus

January 20

Local service and outreach opportunities

January 21

Living generously with our finances

January 22

Faribault Campus

January 23

River Valley Pastors, Elders, and Deacons

January 24

Eagan Campus

January 25

Thriving marriages and families

January 26

Swaziland Campus

January 27

Unity in our church and the Church at large

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

Download the Prayer and Fasting Journal

This resource is designed to help you walk with our church for the next 21 days. Each day has a specific prayer focus, a verse to reflect on, and a space to write down any thoughts, dreams, and prayers God lays on your heart. At the back of this resource, you will also find some helpful tips on prayer and fasting.