21 Days of Prayer and Fasting

2021 FASTING SCHEDULE – JANUARY 10-30

EVERY WEDNESDAY – Prayer is at 7 pm in the main auditorium at City Church. Join us online or in person.
On January 30th we will have one last prayer meeting at 7 pm in the main auditorium.

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.

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Day 1 - January 10

Focus: COVID-19
  • Psalm 121:5 - The Lord watches over you; The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
  • Psalm 91:3-4 - For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
  • Romans 8:28 - And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Day 2 - January 11

Focus: Mental 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 Holy Spirit.
  • Philippians 4:6-7 - Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
  • Proverbs 17:22 - A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.

Day 3 - January 12

Focus: Healthcare Workers
  • 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.
  • Psalm 121:1-8 - I look up to the mountains, does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth! He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.
  • Galatians 6:10 - Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone-especially to those in the family of faith.

Day 4 - January 13

Focus: Salvation
  • Romans 10:9 - If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
  • Titus 3:4-5 - But—When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, 5 he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.
  • John 1:12-13 - But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

Day 5 - January 14

Focus: Racial Justice
  • James 2:8-9 - Yes indeed, it is good when you obey the royal law as found in the Scriptures: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin. You are guilty of breaking the law.
  • Galatians 3:28 - There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.
  • Isaiah 58:10 - Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.

Day 6 - January 15

Focus: Comfort for Loss
  • Psalm 34:18 - The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 - And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died. We tell you this directly from the Lord; We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with a voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will raise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words.
  • 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 - All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.

Day 7 - January 16

Focus: Physical Health and Wellness
  • Psalm 30:2 - O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you restored my health.
  • Psalm 139:5 - You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.
  • Proverbs 3: 7-8 - Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones.

Day 8 - January 17

Focus: Church
  • Colossians 3:13 -15 - Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
  • Ephesians 4:2-3 - Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.
  • 1 Corinthians 1:10 - I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.

Day 9 - January 18

Focus: Marriage
  • 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 - Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
  • Matthew 19:6 - Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.
  • Romans 12:10 - Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.

Day 10 - January 19

Focus: Families
  • 1 Peter 4:8 - Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.
  • Deuteronomy 7:9 - Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands.
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:11 - So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.

Day 11 - January 20

Focus: Bloomington
  • Proverbs 11:11 - Upright citizens are good for a city and make it prosper, but the talk of the wicked tears it apart.
  • Jeremiah 29:7 - But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.
  • 1 Peter 4:8 - Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

Day 12 - January 21

Focus: Government
  • 2 Chronicles 7:14 - Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.
  • Romans 13:1 - Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.
  • 1 Timothy 2:1-5 - 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 in this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.

Day 13 - January 22

Focus: Work & School Relationships
  • Colossians 3:23 - Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
  • Galatians 6:4-5 - Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else, for each one should carry their own load.
  • Proverbs 16:3 - Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.

Day 14 - January 23

Focus: Nation
  • Isaiah 60:2-3 - See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
  • Psalm 33:12 - Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance.
  • Ephesians 4:31-32 - Get rid of all bitterness, rage, and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you.

Day 15 - January 24

Focus: Financial Provision
  • 2 Corinthians 9:8 - And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.
  • Proverbs 11:24-25 - Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything. be stingy and lose everything. The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.
  • Matthew 6:31-33 - So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

Day 16 - January 25

Focus: Careers
  • 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.
  • Ecclesiastes 5:19 - And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life—this is indeed a gift from God.
  • Proverbs 16:3 - Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.

Day 17 - January 26

Focus: Inner Healing
  • 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.
  • 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 30:2 - O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.

Day 18 - January 27

Focus: Protection
  • Zechariah 2:5 - Then I, myself, will be a protective wall of fire around Jerusalem, says the Lord. And I will be the glory inside the city!
  • 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.
  • Exodus 14:14 - The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.

Day 19 - January 28

Focus: Peace
  • Isaiah 26:3 - You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
  • Psalm 4:8 - In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.
  • John 14:27 - I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

Day 20 - January 29

Focus: Household Salvation
  • 2 Peter 3:9 - The Lord isn't really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.
  • Acts 16:31 - They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will saved, along with everyone in your household.
  • Joshua 24:15b - But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.

Day 21 - January 30

Focus: Victory
  • Isaiah 25:8 - He will swallow up death forever! He will wipe away all tears. He will remove forever all insults and mockery against his land and people.
  • 2 Corinthians 1:20 - For all of God's promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding "Yes!" And through Christ, our "Amen!" ascends to God for his glory.
  • Jude 1:24 - Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault.

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.

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. You can select from three types of fasting ?a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.

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.

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?

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