21 Days of Prayer Devotional Guide
Join us each day as we focus on one prayer topic each day. You can get a copy of the Prayer Devotional at church on Sunday or read the devotional online.
Throughout the 21 days we will be praying as a church family during the following times. If you can’t join us at IFC during these times then join us from wherever you’re located.
Weekday Mornings: 6:00 - 7:00 AM
Weekday Afternoons: 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Friday Corporate Prayer: 7:30 - 8:30 PM
Why should I fast?
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.
If you are in need of any of the following, then setting aside a time of fasting and praying is something you should strongly consider:• Are you in need of healing or a miracle?
• Do you need the tender touch of God in your life?
• Is there a dream inside you that only He can make possible?
• Are you in need of a fresh encounter?
• Do you desire a deeper, more intimate and powerful relationship with the Lord?
• Are you ready to have heightened sensitivity to the desires of God?
• Do you need to break away from bondages that have been holding you hostage?
• Is there a friend or loved one that needs Salvation? Do you desire to know God’s will for your life?
Keep Health Concerns in Mind
If you are in poor health or have concerns about your physical ability to fast, please consult your doctor before fasting. There are different types of fasts recommended below. Your doctor can provide advice on how you can participate in a way that is healthy for you.
Types of Fasting
Full Fast: Drink only liquids (you establish the number of days).
Partial Fast: A partial fast is from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm or from sun up to sundown. This fast can be a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.
3-Day Fast: This fast can be a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.
The Daniel Fast: Consists of abstaining from meat, sweets and bread. In a Daniel Fast you only drink water and juice and eat fruits and vegetables.
How to Begin
Start with a clear goal. Be specific. Why are you fasting? Do you need direction, healing, restoration of marriage or family issues? Are you facing financial difficulties? Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. Pray daily and read the Bible.
Confess your sins to God. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal areas of weakness. Forgive all who have offended you and ask forgiveness from those you may have offended. Surrender your life fully to Jesus Christ and reject the worldly desires that try to hinder you.
Deciding What to Fast
The type of fast you go on is up to you. Remember to replace that time with prayer and Bible study.
Deciding How Long
You may fast as long as you like. Most can easily fast from one to three days, but you may feel the grace to go longer, even as much as 21 to 40 days. Use wisdom and pray for guidance. Beginners are advised to start slow.
What to Expect
When you fast your body detoxifies, eliminating toxins from your system. This can cause mild discomfort such as headaches and irritability during withdrawal from caffeine and sugars as well as hunger pains. Take time to rest and limit your activity and exercise moderately. Fasting brings about miraculous results. You are following Jesus’ example when you fast. Spend time listening to praise and worship. Pray as often as you can throughout the day. Get away from the normal distractions as much as possible and keep your heart and mind set on seeking God’s face.
How to End the Fast
Don’t over eat when the time comes to end your fast. Begin eating solid foods gradually and eat small portions or snacks.