Sat, Jan 8, 2011 at 10:15am to Fri, Jan 28 at 11:55pm EST

21 Days of Prayer & Fasting

Isaiah 58:6-9 NIV

"Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. "If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk,

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Why Everyone Should Fast

If you’ve never fasted, now is the best time, as this is a joint venture! In the New Testament, Jesus made mention of “when we fast” (not “if”), telling us that this should be a regular discipline in our lives. Types of Fasts You may choose a “Daniel Fast” – a diet consisting of fruits and vegetables, or you can participate in a total fast, consisting of water only, or a liquid fast of fresh juices. Other was to participate include fasting from television, radio, internet or anything that you recognize as having control over your life. Fasting is something the entire family can participate in to varying degrees – each person in his/her own way. About Fasting It is much easier to fast while active. Fasting will cause hunger pangs initially, but you will get the energy you need from stored fat in the body. If you are under the care of a Physician, please seek his/her advice regarding the level of participation that is best suited to your physical condition. Why Fast? Fasting is the most powerful spiritual discipline of all those discussed in the Bible. Through fasting and prayer, the Holy Spirit can transform your life and produce incredible results. Prayer alone is mighty, but when combined with fasting, it produces a powerful force which hell cannot prevail against. Filling Ourselves During a Fast The secret to being filled with the Spirit of God is first to empty ourselves. Through fasting, we empty ourselves of food so that He can fill us. Food is man’s greatest carnal impulse. Fasting helps you “master” this appetite. When you can control the strongest appetite, you can gain control of the other carnal appetites as well. Your appetite acts as a prayer alarm. Instead of eating to satisfy your cravings, you pray. This keeps you focused all day long. We replace pleasures of the flesh with spiritual pleasure. Psalm 34:8 says, “Oh taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” Taste is a trigger, which sets off certain physical and mental reactions or connections. When you taste the Lord through fasting and prayer, it triggers various reactions in your heart.

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Best Ways to Prepare for a Fast

Best Ways to Prepare for the Fast While hunger pangs and weakness can be an expected part of many fasts, you need not dehydrate, faint or get sick while fasting. There are several ways to prepare yourself physically for a healthy fast. Days Before the Fast • Stop eating foods that are high in caffeine and sugar • Begin drinking more water than usual Day Before the Fast • Eat something small every two hours • Avoid foods with caffeine and salt • Drink plenty of water Final Meal Before the Fast • Plan the final meal early enough in the afternoon so that there’s no rush to finish before your fast begins • Plan the menu of this final meal so that it contains high carbohydrates and low salts • Do not eat too much in the meal before the fast, but drink plenty of water Good Advice for Ending Your Fast After 21 days of fasting you may be tempted to “jump right back in” and eat some of the foods you’ve missed. However, it’s much better to ease back into your normal eating habits rather than suffer from an upset stomach by loading it with foods it’s not ready to digest. Here are some healthy ideas for ending your fast: • Begin with the simple B.R.A.T diet recommended for upset stomachs – Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast • Begin with brothy soups and avoid heavy carbs and proteins • Eat something small and light every two hours and drink plenty of water Health Benefits of a Fast In addition to the countless spiritual benefits a person experiences through fasting, there are also many valuable health benefits. • The body goes through a natural detoxification process, allowing the release of poisons and toxins from the system • Energy is diverted away from the digestive system due to its lack of use, and instead is routed to the metabolism and immune system • You become rejuvenated due to an improved immune system, as well as the increased production of hormones • The body begins to use its fat stores as an energy source, which positively affects your cholesterol levels, blood pressure and weight.

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What To Expect From a Fast

Excerpt from, “You Are Not What You Weigh” by Lisa Bevere


Fasting Creates a New Hunger

Ezra 8:32 NIV

So we arrived in Jerusalem, where we rested three days.

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Fasting Creates a New Hunger

When you fast… you become hungry. At first it may be hunger for food or whatever you are fasting from, but as the initial hunger pangs or longings cease, a new desire is formed. Fasting cases you to hunger in the midst of abundance.

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Fasting Increases Sensitivity to God

Luke 2:36-38 NIV

There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

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Fasting Increases Sensitivity to God

From this account of the widow woman, Anna, we can see that fasting and prayer had developed such a keep sensitivity in her that she perceived the Christ child at only a few days old. She could hear clearly what God was saying.

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Fasting Works Humility

Psalm 35:13 NIV

Yet when they were ill, I put on sackcloth and humbled myself with fasting. When my prayers returned to me unanswered,

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Fasting Works Humility

When we fast, we deny ourselves food; we often feel our natural strength waning. In our weakness, we find ourselves more dependent upon God. It is a confrontation with the flesh; a time when we deny it satisfaction and provision. It is a time of turning aside from what we can provide, and turning toward what God alone can give. This is often the setting for a confrontation between the spirit and the flesh. After forty days in the wilderness, Jesus was hungry physically; Satan came to tempt Him – to use His position as the Son of God to create bread from stone. But, instead, Jesus humbled Himself and answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” ~Matthew 4:4

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Fasting Chastens or Disciplines

Psalm 69:10 NIV

When I weep and fast, I must endure scorn;

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Fasting Chastens or Disciplines

David maintained His spiritual life by means of bringing his body into subjection. Through self-inflicted chastening, we steady and strengthen our spiritual walk.

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Fasting Changes Our Appetite

Acts 13:2 NIV

While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them."

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Fasting Changes Our Appetite

While fasting, you may find that God reveals a “change of plans” from what you are currently doing or even feel “called” to do. God often uses times of fasting and prayer to speak to the desires of our hearts, and to reveal His purpose and destiny for our lives.

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Fasting Increases Our Capacity

Esther 4:16 NIV

"Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish."

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Fasting Increases Our Capacity

This fast prepared Esther to overcome the fear of man – and even greater, her fear of death. This fast increased her capacity for self sacrifice while it imparted wisdom. The survival of a nation depended on her willingness to lay down her life. She knew it was more than she could face in her present condition with her present information, so she drew on God’s strength.

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Fasting Brings Answers to Prayer

Isaiah 58:9 NIV

Then you will call, and the lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. "If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk,

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Fasting Brings Answers to Prayer

A godly fast will bring answered prayer. It is the atmosphere for answers to questions, direction, help, and the revelation of God. It is a time when He says, “Here I am…I’m over here. Come to me. “This revelation may come through His Word, or as a still small voice, or by a strong confirmation of what He has previously shown us.

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Fasting Leads to Quick Healing

Isaiah 58:8 NIV

Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the lord will be your rear guard.

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Fasting Leads to Quick Healing

God set up the fast as a manner of healing his people – a time when the darkness of oppression, depression or infirmity is dispelled by light, such as the dawn. When this light breaks forth, healing soon follows. This could mean many things. It could be a revelation of sin, which, when repented of, allows healing to spring forth. It could mean a revelation of His will or Word, which brings healing and freedom where there once was darkness or ignorance. This healing could be physical, mental or spiritual. Even natural medicine supports this – many illnesses occur in the digestive system. A short fast gives your body a chance to refocus its energies on healing instead of eating. (Please consult a physician before undertaking a fast if you are ill.)

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Fasting Opens the Door to God’s Protection and Provision

Isaiah 58:8 NIV

Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the lord will be your rear guard.

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Fasting Opens the Door to God’s Protection and Provision

God promised to be a guard before us and behind us. A fast renews your righteousness and sends it on before you. Then, as you give God the glory, He returns righteousness as your rear guard.

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Fasting Looses the Chains of Injustice

Isaiah 58:6 NIV

"Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?

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Fasting Looses the Chains of Injustice

The kind of fast God leads us into has the power to loose any unjust chains that bind us. It also unties the cords tethering us to any yoke. This application is not limited merely to a personal liberation for us – it represents God’s desire to see us reach out and loose the ties that bind others, and remove the chains of oppression.

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Fasting Frees the Oppressed and Breaks Every Yoke

Isaiah 58:6 NIV

"Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?

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Fasting Frees the Oppressed and Breaks Every Yoke

A fast is a time when we take our eyes off of ourselves and our own needs; and look around at the oppression and pain of others. In response, we learn to reach out in compassion and help – becoming agents of healing. Jesus, said that His yoke was easy and His burden was light. When we are carrying a burden other than His; it is cumbersome, awkward and heavy. There is nothing more frustrating than feeling responsible for something over which you have no authority. It will weigh you down with hopelessness and frustration. During a fast, God checks these areas in our lives and exposes the yokes of fear, worry, stress and turmoil. He removes them and readjusts His yoke for our life, the one that keeps us dependent upon Him. If you’re feeling weighed down perhaps you are carrying too much.

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Fasting Motivates Us to Provide Food for the Needy

Isaiah 58:7 NIV

Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

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Fasting Motivates Us to Provide Food for the Needy

The benefit is obvious – you are not eating because of a fast, then you are free to share your portion with those less fortunate. Maybe you should give away any food lingering in your refrigerator or pantry that has a significant pull on you. Share with someone else, but don’t proclaim or herald your fast … just give it to them.

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Fasting is Not a Burden, It's a Privilege

Fasting is intimate and private. It originates in the secret place between you and God. He waits in the secret place for you to join Him. After we visit Him in secret, He will reward us openly. Inward transformation brings about an outward anointing, blessing and provision. Inward transformation positions us for the promotion of the Lord. He will:


Prepare a table for me...

Psalm 23:5-6 NIV

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the lord forever.

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Fasting is Not a Burden, It's a Privilege

This passage describes the open reward of the Lord. It is a feast of provision; it brings an assurance of His presence. Even in the midst of opposition, the believer who fasts as an act of separation from the world receives the rewards of God.

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Bible Reading & Prayer Focus

During the fast, set aside one to two hours per day for worship, devotion and prayer. The Word of God will feed your spirit and bring fresh conviction to your heart. Spend time reading and meditating on scripture, and then praying for conviction and freedom in the specific areas revealed to you by God. It is also recommended that you keep a journal of all that He illuminates to your heart. You can use the space provided in this booklet for the purposes of journaling.


Week 1: Personal Renewal

In days 1-7 of the fast, you will be standing in the gap for yourself. You will be confessing your sins, asking God to bring cleansing, guidance and strength for change. During these seven days you will be evaluating your life and relationship with Christ. Day One: Lovelessness Day Two: Compromise Day Three: Worldliness Day Four: Complacency Day Five: Faithfulness Day Six: Lukewarmness Day Seven: Endurance


Week 2: Renewal in the Body of Christ

In days 8-14 of the fast, you will be standing in the Gap for the Body of Christ. You will be confessing the sins of God’s people – asking God to bring healing, boldness and a new outpouring of His Spirit to His church. Day One: Preparation Day Two: Holiness Day Three: New Wineskins Day Four: Revival Day Five: Worship Day Six: Restoration of the Five-Fold Ministry Day Seven: Participation


Week 3: Renewal in Our Nation and World

In days 15-21 of the fast, you will be standing in the gap for your nation, and for the world. Like Daniel, Nehemiah and others, you will be confessing the sins of your land; asking God to bring cleansing. When a nation turns away from God, it is a serious thing. The church is the only body in the earth that can stand before God and appeal to His mercy. Day One: Leadership Day Two: Unity Day Three: Mercy Day Four: Idolatry Day Five: The Airwaves Day Six: Israel Day Seven: Missionaries & Laborers