Prayer and Fasting 2016
PRAYER & FASTING 2016
January 4-8, 2016
We are calling on every church member to join our time of prayer and fasting. As we begin another new year, we take time to pray and fast to:
- consecrate ourselves, families, and ministries to God
- thank God for His faithfulness, mercy, and grace
- believe God for victories and breakthroughs in every area of our lives this year
Together, let’s dare to believe God for greater things!
To Prayer and Fasting
- Jesus fasted.
- Fasting is an act of humility and consecration.
- Fasting helps us become sensitive to the Holy Spirit.
- Fasting brings revival.
- Fasting is healthy.
PREPARE FOR THE FAST
- Pray. Be in faith as you prayerfully and thoughtfully fill out the following pages in this devotional. Write your answered prayers for 2015, and dare to believe God for greater things in 2016. Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance.
- Commit to a type of fast. Do not decide on a day-to-day basis. Commit before the fast, and be determined. Fasting options include:
- water only
- liquid only
- one meal only
- other kinds of fasts (e.g. a combination of these; no TV or social media)
- Prepare your body gradually for the fast. Start eating smaller portions and meals made of raw fruits or vegetables two days before Day 1. Avoid food that is high in sugar and fat.
- Plan your calendar. Limit physical and social activities during the fast, conserve energy, and spend more time in prayer and reading the Bible.
- Consult a physician if you need to. If your situation does not allow you to fast, determine what will work best for you. Such circumstances include pregnancy, a physically demanding profession, and medical conditions.
- Ask a family member or friend to be your prayer partner throughout the fast, and list his/her prayer points in this devotional as well.
Then Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”
- Thank God for what He is doing. Be ready to hear and receive direction from Him.
- Believe God for a fresh encounter with Him. Invite the Holy Spirit to put His finger on specific areas in your life that need to change. Be completely open to God and ready to repent.
- Seek God. During mealtime, read the Bible and pray instead. Join prayer meetings at your church.
- Pray throughout the day. Intercede for your family, church, pastors, nation, campuses, missions . . . Dare to believe God!
- Drink plenty of water. Rest as much as you can. As your body adjusts to the fast, be ready for temporary bouts of physical weakness and mental annoyances, such as impatience, irritability, and anxiety.
17”But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
BREAKING THE FAST
- Eat and reintroduce solid food gradually. Break your fast the same way you prepared for it, since your body needs time to adjust to a normal diet. Start with fruits, juices, and salad, then add more vegetables. Eat small portions throughout the day.
- Pray and believe God for more. Build from the momentum you gained during the fast. Carry your newfound passion for God throughout the year. Believe God to answer your prayers and be in faith. Don’t give up!
8“Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. 9Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’ . . .”