We’re so excited that you’re partnering with us in the 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting! For 21 days, starting Saturday, January 6th, we will be committed to fasting and focused prayer. Daily, we will release a video devotion on how “One Small Step” can change your life. We encourage you to take some time each day to watch these videos, meditate on them, pray and find something that you can fast. We truly believe that lives are going to be changed through these 21 days.
How am I supposed to pray?
What does a habit of prayer look like? If you have questions about prayer, click the link below for our Prayer Guide.
Our team created a prayer guide to help equip you to pray for your little ones throughout these 21 days. Click on the button below to access the Hope City Kids Prayer Guide.
The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God.
Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out! It also enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all of the good things God desires to bring into our lives. Remember, your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your own body, your options, and, most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.
Types of Fasts
This fast calls for drinking only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.
This type of fast involves removing certain elements from a diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, or bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.
This fast is sometimes called the Jewish Fast and involves abstaining from eating any types of food in the morning and afternoon. This can either correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown.
This fast is common for those who do not have much experience fasting foods, who have health issues that prevent the fasting of food, or who wish to refocus certain areas of their life that are out of balance. For instance, someone might select to abstain from using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast—and then choosing how to carefully bring that element back into their life in an orderly fashion.
Timing of a Fast
At Hope City, we encourage prayer and fasting corporately for 21 days each year in the month of January. This is part of a season of high-intensity prayer as a church family. You may also opt to fast at other times during the year for your own spiritual development. It’s very typical to fast a single meal, a whole day, or three days or more. The timing of your fast is not as important as the strength of your focus on Him as you fast.