January 6 – January 26   21 Days of Prayer and Fasting

Seek Him, Surrender to Him, Serve Him

Freedom Worship Center is entering a time of consecration as we begin our annual 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting. We invite all those who call FWC their church home to join us as we begin the new year seeking the Lord.  We ask that each person seek the Lord individually for what type of fast the Lord would have them do and to determine the length of that fast.

Corporate Prayer Times are scheduled for Thursdays, January 9th, January 16th, and January 23rd at 6:30 p.m. as special times of seeking the Lord together as a church body.

Fasting with purpose is a time of drawing nearer to God, giving him more our ourselves and as a result, experiencing more of God

“So we fasted and entreated God for this and He answered our prayer.” Ezra 8:23

What is fasting?

Fasting is abstaining from food for a period of time in order to focus on the Lord and seek His heart. Jesus is our example. After He was baptized he was sent by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness for 40 days. He did not eat during this time and was being tested by the devil. Read Luke 4:1-14. You will see that He went into the wilderness “full of the Holy Spirit” (verse 1)  but He left the wilderness “in the power of the Holy Spirit” (verse 14) and that is when His public ministry began. Jesus needed to fast to be effective in ministry, a student is not above his teacher, thus, there are times we need to fast as well.

What are the different types of fasts?

Absolute fast – eating and drinking nothing for a set period of time. A Moderate fast is the same but includes drinking water. but not eating anything. This fast can be done for 1, 3, 7, 40 days.   A Moderate fast can also include diluted juice and herbal teas. Wisdom and a clear word from God are essential before starting a long term Absolute fast.

Daniel Fast – taken from the stories in Daniel 1:8-13 and Daniel 10:2-3, this fast includes vegetables and fruit and according to the interpretation of the original text indicates anything grown by seed. This is a great type of fast to use for a long term fast such as our 21 day fast. It does not include any sweets or dairy. The idea is still to eat as little as needed to sustain strength. There are many varieties of this diet to be found online, including on Dr. Axe’s website. Water is the only beverage usually considered for this fast.

Partial Fast – Abstaining from one or two meals a day and then eating normally. It can also be eliminating certain foods for a period of time.

How long should I fast?

We ask that you ask Holy Spirit what He wants you to do, how long a fast and what type of fast. There is power released when a church fasts together, so we would love as many as possible to participate for as long as the Lord leads each one.

Additional Information/What to expect

You can expect that God will take note of your sacrifice.

You may experience some hunger and withdrawal from sugar/processed foods and may initially feel unwell, headaches are common. Don’t give up, you’ll get through & be healthier for it.

The Lord may show you some things you really don’t want to see about yourself, stay humble and let Him minister freedom to you from those things. Repent where needed, let Him cleanse and purify your heart.

The enemy may attack you as He did Jesus in the wilderness. Speak the Word of God with boldness, put on some praise music, and pray all the more! God WILL give you the victory.

The Lord may speak to you in new ways, you may experience visions, etc. You may feel His presence in ways you have never yet experienced. He WILL reward your efforts!

How should I prepare?

          Make a plan in advance.

  1. Ask the Lord what He would have you do, what type of fast and how many days.
  2. If you have medical conditions that make it unsafe to fast, check with your physician before beginning any type of fast. Almost anyone can do a Daniel Fast without physical harm. Continue to take any medications during the fast.
  3. Write down 3 personal things you most want God to do in 2020.  Make a second list of top items from our FWC Reach information gatherings. Three of the top items are – Church growth with new families, youth and new salvations, Outreaches to our community, and an increase Foundation and Leadership training opportunities.
  4. Plan to spend a greater amount of time in prayer and Bible reading during the fast. Pray for personal needs, family needs, church needs, local community needs, national needs, world needs.
  5. It’s wise to shut off or limit tv & time on social media so that you can increase the time you read the Word as well as the time spent in prayer.  “He must increase, I must decrease.”  John 3:30
  6. Listen to hear what He speaks to you. It’s helpful to keep a journal or notes of what He reveals to you. Expect to hear from Him.
  7. Join the corporate prayer times on Thursday nights especially during the fast.

“So we fasted and entreated God for this and He answered our prayer.” Ezra 8:23

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Information on the Daniel Fast can be found here: https://draxe.com/nutrition/daniel-fast/

Video: Rev. Jentezen Franklin of Free Chapel in Georgia has great resources for fasting. Each year his multi-campus church partakes in a 21 Day Prayer and Fasting time in January.  He has written several books and experienced great moves of God through this fasting. Here is a video teaching of his explaining what happens when we fast.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wckWsKr7-78

Devotional Guide: This year Free Chapel’s theme is “Open My Eyes.” A 21 Day devotional guide is available free from them. You need to request a copy through this link.  https://jentezenfranklin.org/fasting