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On January 21, we're kicking off 7 days of prayer and fasting. For this one week, we want to disconnect from the world through fasting and spend that time praying, connecting with God for three things:

  1. For personal revival and a vision of His promises in our lives

  2. For specific opportunities to share the gospel with people in our lives

  3. For our church family and the accomplishment of God’s mission here in the DMV area

The goal is that when we pray and fast together, our eyes, ears, and hearts will be open to witnessing God do tremendous things in the areas we’re praying over and fasting for.

I can’t wait to hear the testimonies of all that God is doing and accomplishing in you and through you.

To help us in our prayers and fasting this week, I also want to add one practice and discipline that you may not be familiar with: journaling. Journal your thoughts, prayers, and revelations daily so you can reflect on how God is leading you.

The sections below will help you strategize a plan for praying and fasting this week. Click the button below to download our Prayer & Fasting Journal.

Pastor Jonathan

What Should You Pray?

The three main prayer prompts for this week are:

  1. For personal revival and a vision of his promises in our lives

  2. For specific opportunities to share the gospel with people in our lives

  3. For our church family and the accomplishment of God’s mission here in the DMV area

However, you can also add these additional three prompts to supplement your time in prayer:

  1. Praise God for who he is and what he has done for you.

  2. Confess any sin in your life.

  3. Express thanks for specific things in your life.

As you pray for these topics, be specific and detailed. Name specific areas of your life you need revival, tell him some names of people you want to share the gospel with, what specific areas of the church and the church family you are interceding over. Then give God the space to speak with you. Listen for his voice. 

We want to spend about an hour praying each day-- speaking with God and listening to him and for him.

That’s a lot of stuff to pray every day. So, if you can’t do it all at once, that’s okay. Try to do it in small intervals, perhaps, 15 minutes at a time. An example would be to add 15 minutes to your breakfast routine in the mornings to pray for personal revival. Then at lunch or mid-afternoon, take 15 minutes to pray for opportunities to share the gospel with other people. Then in the evenings, at dinner or before bed, spend 15 minutes praying for our church family. 

What is Fasting?

Fasting is withholding from something we want so we can set our attention on God. Food is an important part of life, but Scripture is full of invitations to go without it for a period of time to connect with God and be more mindful of our reliance on him.

Types of Fasts:

Complete Food Fast

In this type of fast, you drink only liquids. Drink a lot of water, and then add in juice and shakes as needed.

Partial Food Fast

This fast involves abstaining from eating any type of food for a certain period of time each day. For example, you can choose to skip a certain meal or abstain from eating until sunset.

Selective Food Fast

This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, and bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.

Soul Fast

If you don’t have much experience fasting food, have health (or other) issues that prevent you from fasting food, or if you wish to refocus certain areas of your life that are out of balance, this is a great option for you. For example, you might choose to fast social media or television for the duration and then carefully bring that element back into your life in healthy doses at the conclusion of the fast.

How to Journal:

First, you pick a time. Identify the time that works to journal every day this week. If you have young kids, probably it’s going to be before they wake up or after they go to bed. Pick a time that is easiest for you to stick to and then block off that time.

Second, designate a specific location. A specific room, or chair. It doesn’t matter where, as much as it does that you keep using that specific location each day this week.

Third, write down your thoughts in following areas using two sentences or more:

  • Write specifically the things you are grateful to God for.

  • Write specifically the action steps you are going to take today or the next day to address any insights you received from God while you were praying or clinging to God through fasting.

  • Write specifically the things you want to see God do for your own personal revival, opportunities to share the gospel in word and deed to the people around you, or through the church in our area.

At the end of the 7 days, you should review your journal entries. In reviewing your journal entries, ask yourself:

  • Are there any patterns in your gratitude toward God?

  • Are there specific action steps that should be incorporated into your everyday routines?

  • Are there any opportunities to minister the gospel in word or in deed that you need to step into?

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