Prayer and Fasting

4
JAN
KICKOFF

21 Days of Prayer and Devotion

21 days of prayer and devotion

 

At specific moments each year we purposefully set our focus on God and meditate on His promises.

The 21-day period of prayer and devotion designed to prioritize our relationship with God and focus on his truths. As a community, we unify and set aside time to pray and wait on God to recalibrate our thoughts and restore our hope. To help you pray intentionally, a daily prayer focus and devotional will be provided for each day.

We will take the first 7 days of the 21 days of prayer and devotion to fast together as a church family. Worship and prayer services will take place in person and online on Wednesday Janurary 6th and Sunday Janurary 10th at 6pm. See the schedule below for more information.

Schedule

 

On January 4, we will kick off 21 days of prayer and devotion. This will be a time to focus our hearts on God as we pray for ourselves, our families, our communities, and our nation.

Below you will find a schedule of all prayer and worship services as well as the prayer focus for each day. Simply click the link provided for scripture references and guided prayers.

Monday
Jan
4
Tuesday
Jan
5
Wednesday
Jan
6
Identity in Christ

Prayer and Worship Service At BC and Online
Thursday
Jan
7
Friday
Jan
8
Saturday
Jan
9
Sunday
Jan
10
Obedience

Prayer, Worship, and Communion Service At BC and Online
Monday
Jan
11
Tuesday
Jan
12
Forgiveness
Wednesday
Jan
13
Worry
Thursday
Jan
14
Grace
Friday
Jan
15
Faith
Saturday
Jan
16
Purpose
Sunday
Jan
17
Service
Monday
Jan
18
Gifts
Tuesday
Jan
19
Brokenness
Wednesday
Jan
20
Perseverance
Thursday
Jan
21
Encouragement
Friday
Jan
22
Rest
Saturday
Jan
23
Joy
Sunday
Jan
24
Worship

Why Pray

 

The power of prayer deepens our dependence on God and sharpens our faith. When we pray, we choose to put everything into God’s hands, knowing that prayer is central to our relationship with him.

"In prayer, real prayer, we begin to think God's thoughts after him: to desire the things he desires, to love the things he loves, to will the things he wills." - Richard J. Foster

Anyone can practice the spiritual habit of prayer because God meets us where we are. Through prayer, he hears us and invites us to be intimately involved in his plan. For this reason, we pray in confidence knowing that our prayers are powerful and can bring about true change in any circumstance.

As we posture our hearts to listen to the Lord, we begin to pray with trust, openness, and faith because God can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine (Eph. 3:20). Its not about our circumstance; its about our heart stance.

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Prayer aligns our heart with God
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Prayer expresses trust in God
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Prayer allows collaboration with God

Why Fast

 

Fasting is the practice of choosing to abstain from food for a certain period of time. True fasting centers on God as we spend concentrated time with him. It is a spiritual discipline in which we eliminate distractions for the purpose of drawing closer to God.

Fasting trains us to break the power of the flesh - our desires, sins, and cravings - as we feast on the Holy Spirit. Fasting reveals the things that control us so that we can attain freedom and transformation.

"Fasting can bring breakthroughs in the spiritual realm that will never happen in any other way. It is a means of God's grace and blessing that should not be neglected." - Richard J. Foster

Fasting is not about getting from God, but getting to God as we train to become more like Christ. There are different types of fasting, and we recommend prayerfully considering which practice is best for you at this time.

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Complete fast
In a complete fast, you drink only liquids, typically only water and light juices.
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Partial fast
In a partial fast, you abstain from certain kinds of food. One example in the Daniel fast, in which you eat only fruit and vegetables.
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Soul fast
The soul fast is a great option if you have health issues that prevent food abstention or if you are new to fasting. One example is the social media fast, in which you refrain from using social media for the duration of the fast.

Resources

 
Celebration of Discipline
Richard J. Foster
The Spirit of the Disciplines
Dallas Willard
The Practice of the Presence of God
Brother Lawrence
Fasting: The Ancient Practices
Scot McKnight