Here are some time blocks where you can come and join us as we pray during this time of prayer and fasting at the Southern Pines campus. Don’t forget to check out our resources below.
Monday – Thursday – 12pm to 1pm | Prayer Room
Monday – Wednesday & Friday – 6:30pm to 7:30 pm
Wednesday 6:00am – 7:00am | Grace Church Multipurpose room
There is no better way to reset, energize and transform your spiritual life than starting the New Year in prayer and fasting. Each year our church family dedicates three weeks to seeking God’s direction for our Church and personal lives.
The following guide and suggestions are to help you have a successful time of prayer and fasting. We will also provide you with some prayer points and scheduled prayer times to help focus this time of prayer (see events). Each year Pastor Randy and the staff do their daily devotions from the One Year Bible reading plan. This builds unity and helps us recognize how God is speaking to us. We encourage you and your family to join us. Don’t forget to set your own spiritual goals for this year and pray about them regularly during the fast.
There are several different types of fasts to consider. Since this is an extended fast, 21 days, we recommend following some simple and encouraging Scriptures and tips for the 21 Days. You will be greatly blessed In 2022, as you are seeking GOD’s will for your family, yourself and our church.
The definition of fasting is to restrict food for a spiritual purpose (Read Isaiah 58). The prophet Daniel states: “In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.” (Daniel 10:2, 3)
Jesus Fasted: Before He began His public ministry Jesus spent 40 Days in prayer and fasting. This prepared Him to accomplish the Father’s will for His life (Read Luke 4:1-14). Jesus explained the need for His disciples to pray and fast. (Read Mark 2:18-22; Matthew 17:14-21)
Daniel Fast: The Daniel Fast is a partial fast, which means that we will eliminate some common things from our daily diet, but will have other generous options available. The Daniel Fast focuses on eating fruits and vegetables that are pure and simple. A list of foods to eat and foods to avoid can be found at: www.daniel-fast.com and Daniel Fast Food List
Consult with your doctor first, before beginning a fast, if you have any medical conditions. If you have any condition which would prohibit you from fasting foods, there are other options.
Your children may hear you speak about the upcoming 21 Day Prayer and Fasting emphasis with much anticipation. They may wonder if this is something that they can do along with their family, and the answer is yes! Explain to your children that fasting will help them grow stronger as a Christian and more aware of Jesus. When they take special time out to pray to Jesus and at the same time, take special effort to not enjoy a favorite food/snack item or activity during a certain period of time, they are fasting.
As a family, sit down together and talk about for whom or what your children are seeking God about and in which way they are going to fast. Then, have your children write down their decisions on an index card. Explain to your children that there will be times when they will find it hard to fast and may even want to change their minds in the middle of the fast; however, as parents, gently encourage them and help them keep the commitment they made to the Lord and they will see how He answers their prayers.
Focus: Start with a clear, personal goal in addition to our Church wide goals. Be specific. Why are you fasting? Do you need direction, healing, restoration of marriage or family issues? Are you facing financial difficulties? Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. Pray daily and read your Bible. Cultivate a new and fresh closeness with the Lord. Your mental, and spiritual focus should grow more Christ centered during the fast.
Fasting in the Bible primarily involved abstaining from foods for a brief time period. Since this is an extended fast, we encourage you to consider a Daniel Fast or an abbreviated partial fast. For example here are some options but, you need to pray about which one is right for you:
Remember, the details are not as important as the spirit in which you participate. Fasting is about humbling yourself before God (Psalm 69:10, “When I wept and humbled myself with fasting…”). There is an aspect of self-denial, becoming more dependent on God by spending time in prayer and reading your Bible, that we must give ourselves to during the fast.
Journaling is a great way to reflect and process what God is speaking to you during this time. Along with recording your prayer focus going into the fast, also record any new things God is placing on your heart as you are spending time in prayer and reading your Bible (We encourage everyone to DAILY participate in the One Year Bible Reading Plan).
One of the most important aspects of fasting is breaking it properly and safely. Your body needs time to adjust as you re-introduce foods you had abstained from. Start with small portions, eating every few hours and gradually increasing the amount every day. Your digestive system has gone without some food and you may experience adverse reactions like nausea (stomachache) if you immediately eat a full meal after breaking your fast.
Day 1 | January 15
Seeking God's Kingdom | Matthew 6:33
Day 2 | January 16
Seeking God's Will | Romans 12:1-2
Day 3 | January 17
Seeking God's Strength | Isaiah 40:28-31
Day 4 | January 18
Seeking God's Presence | Psalm 27:4
Day 5 | January 19
Seeking God's Peace | John 14:27
Day 6 | January 20
Seeking God's Blessing | Deuteronomy 28:3- 6
Day 7 | January 21
Seeking God's Rest | Matthew 11:28-29
Day 8 | January 22
Believing For My Church | Acts 2:42
Day 9 | January 23
Believing For My Nation | 1 Timothy 2:1-4
Day 10 | January 24
Believing For the Lost | Matthew 9:36-38
Day 11 | January 25
Believing For Healing | Psalm 103:3-4
Day 12 | January 26
Believing For Awakening | 1 Kings 18:36-39
Day 13 | January 27
Believing For Our City | Jeremiah 29:7
Day 14 | January 28
Believing For The Nations | Isaiah 60:2-3
Day 15 | January 29
Choosing Humility | 2 Chronicles 7:14
Day 16 | January 30
Choosing Generosity | 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
Day 17 | January 31
Choosing God's Word | James 1:22-25
Day 18 | February 1
Choosing to Walk in the Spirit | Galatians 5:16
Day 19 | February 2
Choosing Endurance | Romans 5:3-4
Day 20 | February 3
Choosing to Serve | 1 Peter 4:10
Day 21 | February 4
Choosing Worship | Psalm 27:4; John 4:22-24
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