7 Days of Prayer and Fasting

2020 FASTING SCHEDULE – July 26 – August 1

EVERY NIGHT – Prayer is at 7pm in the Student Auditorium at City Church AND it will be streamed on Facebook Live

Fasting is mentioned throughout the Bible along with giving and praying as an important part of the Christian life. Here at City, as we are about to enter a new season we like to seek God 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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COVID-19 Information

We are continuing to navigate COVID-19 and our response for 7 days of prayer and fasting will be similar to how we have been handling our Sunday worship experience. The following will be implemented each night:

Masks will be required

Social distancing implemented

We will encourage outdoor prayer during break out time

The room will be sanitized and cleaned daily

Digital prayer cards will be available

We will use the main auditorium if the group is too large to stay in the Student Auditorium

Day 1 - July 26

Focus: Salvation
  • Romans 12:2 NLT - "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."
  • Isaiah 61:3 NLT - "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."
  • Matthew 22:37 - 39 NLT - "Jesus replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’"

Day 2 - July 27

Focus: Economy
  • Psalm 90:17 NLT - "And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful. Yes, make our efforts successful!"
  • Psalm 34:10 NLT - "Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the LORD will lack no good thing."
  • 2 Corinthians 9:7-8 NLT - "You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others."

Day 3 - July 28

Focus: Families
  • Acts 2:38-39 NLT - Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise is to you, to your children, and to those far away—all who have been called by the Lord our God.”
  • 1 Peter 4:8 NIV - "Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins."
  • Numbers 6:24-26 NLT - "May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace."

Day 4 - July 29

Focus: Racial Equality
  • 1 Peter 3:8 AMP - "Finally, all of you be like-minded [united in spirit], sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted [courteous and compassionate toward each other as members of one household], and humble in spirit;"
  • Proverbs 21:3 NIV - "To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice."
  • 1 John 4:20 NLT - "If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see?"

Day 5 - July 30

Focus: Children, Youth, College
  • Psalm 121:7-8 NLT - "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."
  • Isaiah 54:13 NIV - "All your children will be taught by the LORD, and great will be their peace."
  • Ephesians 2:10 NLT - "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."

Day 6 - July 31

Focus: Healing
  • Psalm 91:3-4 NLT - "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."
  • Isaiah 40:29 NLT - "He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless."
  • 3 John 1:2 NIV - "Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul."

Day 7 - August 1

Focus: Unity
  • Ephesians 4:2-4 NIV - "Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called;"
  • Philippians 2:14-15 NLT - "Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people."
  • 1 Corinthians 1:10 NLT - "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."

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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