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Fasting is mentioned throughout the Bible along with giving and praying as an important part of the Christian life. Here at City we like to give God the first month of the year as a time to seek Him in fasting and prayer as a church family. This is called a corporate fast.

We encourage you to seek the Lord in prayer and let your decisions about your fasting come from Him. Ask the Lord to show you areas to target during your time of fasting and prayer.

If you are new to fasting, hopefully the information below will help to define it, answer any questions, help you get started and most of all encourage you on your journey.

If you would like to join in with your whole family, please use this guide to help your kids pray throughout the 21 days. The guide includes prayer focuses and verses for each day. If you have any questions about the 21 days of prayer and fasting, please ask your child’s teacher at drop off or pick up.

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Week 1 Theme: Personal Victory

Day 1 – January 9th focus: Spiritual Growth

  • Colossians 1:9-10 So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10 Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.
  • Ephesians 4:15-16 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. 16 He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.
  • 1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.

Day 2 – January 10th focus: Finances

  • Psalm 128:2 You will enjoy the fruit of your labor. How joyful and prosperous you will be!
  • Proverbs 10:22 The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.
  • 2 Corinthians 9:10 For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.

Day 3 – January 11th focus: Purpose

  • Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
  • Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
  • Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes everything to work together[a] for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Day 4 – January 12th focus: Health

  • Romans 15:13 I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • Jeremiah 33:6 “Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.”
  • 3 John 1:2 Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit.

Day 5 – January 13th focus: Relationships

  • Psalm 128:3 Your wife will be like a fruitful grapevine, flourishing within your home. Your children will be like vigorous young olive trees as they sit around your table.
  • Ecclesiastes 4:12 A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
  • Ecclesiates 4:10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.

Day 6 – January 14th focus: Habits and Goals

  • Proverbs 16:3 Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.
  • Proverbs 29:18 When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild.
  • 1 Timothy 4:8 Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.

Day 7 – January 15th focus: Character

  • Galatians 5:22-23 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
  • Proverbs 4:23 But whoever obeys the law is joyful.
  • Romans 12:2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Week 2 Theme: Community Victory

Day 8 – January 16th focus: Poverty

  • Proverbs 19:17 If you help the poor, you are lending to the LORD— and he will repay you!
  • Hebrews 13:16 “And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.”
  • James 1:27 Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.

Day 9 – January 17th focus: COVID-19

  • Psalm 41:3 The Lord nurses them when they are sick and restores them to health.
  • Isaiah 41:10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
  • Romans 8:38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.

Day 10 – January 18th focus: Addictions

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:23 Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.
  • Psalm 118:5 In my distress I prayed to the Lord,and the Lord answered me and set me free.
  • 1 John 5:4 For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.

Day 11 – January 19th focus: Division

  • 2 Corinthians 13:11 Dear brothers and sisters,[a] I close my letter with these last words: Be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you.
  • Colossians 3:14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.
  • Galatians 3:28 There is no longer Jew or Gentile,[a] slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Day 12 – January 20th focus: Hurting Families

  • Romans 12:18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.
  • Psalm 27:10 Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close.
  • Ephesians 4:32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

Day 13 – January 21th focus: Sex Trafficking/Abuse

  • Isaiah 61:3 To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory.
  • Psalm 9:9 The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.
  • Psalm 34:18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

Day 14 – January 22nd focus: Economy

  • Colossians 3:23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
  • Deuteronomy 8:18 Remember the LORD your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful, in order to fulfill the covenant he confirmed to your ancestors with an oath.
  • Phillipians 4:19 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

Week 3 Theme: Church Victory

Day 15 – January 23rd focus: Heart for the House

  • Proverbs 11:25 The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.
  • Malachi 3:10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!
  • 2 Corinthians 8:7 Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us[a]—I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving.

Day 16 – January 24th focus: Salvations

  • Acts 4:12 There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.
  • Acts 16:31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household.”
  • Romans 10:10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.

Day 17 – January 25th focus: Family Ministries

  • Matthew 18:5 And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me.
  • Proverbs 22:6 Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.
  • Psalm 127:3 Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.

Day 18 – January 26th focus: Dream Team

  • Matthew 9:37-38 He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. 38 So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”
  • Psalm 84:10 A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.
  • Ephesians 4:16 He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

Day 19 – January 27th focus: Leadership

  • 2 Timothy 1:1-2 I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. 2 Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.
  • Proverbs 11:14 Without wise leadership, a nation falls; there is safety in having many advisers.
  • Acts 20:28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God,[a] which he bought with his own blood.[b]

Day 20 – January 28th focus: Outreach/Mission

  • Matthew 28:19-20 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
  • Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
  • 1 Chronicles 16:24 Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.

Day 21 – January 29th focus: Groups

  • Hebrews 10:25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
  • Matthew 18:20 For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.
  • Acts 5:42 And every day, in the Temple and from house to house, they continued to teach and preach this message: “Jesus is the Messiah.”

How to Begin

Start with a clear goal. Be specific and write it down. Why are you fasting? Do you need direction, healing, restoration of marriage, family or finances? Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance.

Preparing Spiritually
It’s important to set your heart and spirit to prepare for the fast. Pray, confess your sins and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal areas of weakness. Forgive people who have hurt you. It’s important to start the fast with a clear heart!

Deciding What to Fast
The type of fasting you choose is up to you. You could go on a full fast in which you only drink liquids, or you want to try another type of fast. Remember to replace that time with prayer, worship and Bible study. If you have any health conditions or are on any medications, you should consult a doctor before beginning a fast.

Deciding How Long
You may fast as long as you like. For our yearly corporate fast we will do 21 days, but if you start late, don’t worry about it! Be sure to pray about what God would have you do, and start slow if it’s your first time.

What to Expect
When you fast you might experience headaches and irritability during withdrawal from caffeine and sugars. And of course- you will be hungry! Respond accordingly, limit your activity and exercise. Take time to rest. Remember, you are following Jesus’ example when you fast. Spend time listening to worship music, praying as often as you can, getting away from normal distractions. Set your heart and mind set on seeking God’s face.

How to End
Don’t overeat when the time comes to end your fast, or you’ll be sorry you did! Begin eating solid food gradually; eat small portions or snacks.You may have heard of the types of fasts below. Please pray about what type of fast God would have you do during this specific time.

Here are some of the different things that you can fast:

Full Fast
Drink only liquids (you establish the number of days).

The Daniel Fast
Eat no meat, no sweets and no bread. Drink water and juice. Eat fruits and vegetables. It’s called the Daniel Fast because it’s taken from the book of Daniel in the Bible.

3-Day Fast
This fast can be a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.

Partial Fast
A partial fast is from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm or from sun up to sundown.

For those that aren’t advised because of medical or other reasons to fast or restructure their diet too drastically, there are many other kinds of fasts that you can do to grow closer to God and hear from Him during this time. 

Social Media Fast
Giving up engaging on Social Media for a certain period of time. During the time you would be scrolling social media, you could instead worship, pray, read the Bible or engage with family and friends in a meaningful way. 

TV Fast 
Giving up watching TV for a certain period of time. During the time you would be watching TV, you could instead worship, pray, read the Bible or engage with family and friends in a meaningful way. 

These are just some of many different forms of Fasting that you can engage in during this time! Pray about what God has for you this season and respond! 

Here are some verses from the Bible that offer some insight to fasting and prayer!

1 TIMOTHY 2:1-2 – I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.

ROMANS 12:1 – And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.

MATTHEW 6:33 – Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

ISAIAH 58:6 – No, this is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people.”Below are some of the common reasons why people fast.

Ask yourself these questions to help direct you as you begin to figure out how and what you should fast this new year! 

Are you in need of healing or a miracle?
Do you need the touch of God in your life?
Are you in need of a fresh encounter?
Do you desire a deeper, more intimate and powerful relationship with the Lord?
Do you need to break away from hurts habits and hang-ups that have been holding you hostage?
Is there a friend or loved one that needs Salvation?
Do you desire to know God’s will for your life?