Prayer and Fasting

24
AUG
KICKOFF

Pray First

6:30PM-7:30PM
August 24-28 and August 30
9:00AM-9:30AM (Online)
August 29

7 days of prayer and fasting

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

Pray First is a 7-day period of fasting and prayer designed to prioritize our relationship with God and focus on his truths. As a community we unify and set aside time to pray, fast and wait on God to recalibrate our thoughts and restore our hope.

Schedule

August 24, we will kick off a week of prayer and fasting. This will be a time to focus our hearts on God as we pray for our ourselves, our families, our community and our nation.

Aug
24
6:30PM-7:30PM
In person & online
Aug
25
6:30PM-7:30PM
In person & online
Aug
26
6:30PM-7:30PM
In person & online
Aug
27
6:30PM-7:30PM
In person & online
Aug
28
6:30PM-7:30PM
In person & online
Aug
29
9:00AM-9:30AM
Online
Aug
30
6:30PM-7:30PM
In person & online

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.

Daily Prayer Topics

Aug
24
Repentance & Revival

  • Acts 3:19
  • 1 John 1:9
  • Psalm 51:10; 80:19
Aug
25
Unity

  • 1 Corinthians 1:10
  • Romans 14:19
  • Psalm 133:1
Aug
26
Healing (physical & emotional)

  • Isaiah 41:10
  • Exodus 23:25
Aug
27
Wisdom & Understanding

  • 2 Peter 1:3
  • Proverbs 2:6
  • James 1:5
Aug
28
Protection & Provision

  • Deuteronomy 31:6
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:3
  • Psalm 5:11
  • 2 Corinthians 9:8
  • Philippians 4:19
Aug
29
Leaders (National, State, Local, & Church)

  • Romans 13:1-5
  • 2 Chronicles 7:14
Aug
30
Single adults, families, & students

  • Colossians 3:20-21, 23-24
  • Philippians 4:13
  • Proverbs 22:6
  • Ephesians 6:4

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