21 Days of Prayer and Fasting

January 7-27

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.

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January 7

The Presence of God in all we do

January 8

The Ketterling Family: Our Lead Pastors Rob & Becca and their family

January 9

River Valley Pastors, Elders and Deacons

January 10

Shakopee Campus

January 11

Crosstown Campus

January 12

St. Paul Campus

January 13

eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) Campus

January 14

Unity

January 15

Inspiration

January 16

Minneapolis Campus

January 17

Apple Valley Campus

January 18

Generosity

January 19

Faribault Campus

January 20

Eagan Campus

January 21

The Next Generation

January 22

River Valley Network & Conference

January 23

Woodbury Campus

January 24

Minnetrista Campus

January 25

Authenticity

January 26

Local Service & Outreach

January 27

Global Project & Sending 500 Missionaries

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