21 Day Prayer and Fasting Experience

 

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Beginning Sunday, January 12, 2020, we will observe our annual 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting. During this periods, we abstain from certain foods or activities as a means to deny our flesh and draw closer to God. Our desire is to know God’s perfect will for our lives. We will end our 21 Day Prayer and Fasting Experience with our Holy Convocation Service on February 2, 2020 @ 8am or 11am. 

FOCUS21 is our 21 Day Prayer and Fasting experience. It's designed to be a transformational time of reflection, petition, and communion with God. Together, we will explore a variety of topics in our devotional time, and learn how fasting is a fundamental exercise of faith.  Each day in this journey, we’ll pray, both for ourselves and others, concerning one of the topics. 

21 DAY FOCUS POINTS

DAY 1 | Clarity
As we seek God above everything else, we’ll find clarity in our direction and peace in our lives. We pray this first day of prayer and fasting is rewarding for you and your family.
 
DAY 2 | Family
Whether you’re a child, a parent, living on your own, or living with a house full of other people, God has surrounded us with those in need of a family. May you be a loving example of God’s family to those around you today.
 
DAY 3 | Health Struggles
The Lord is our ultimate healer; through Jesus’s death and resurrection, a way has been made for us to come before the Father and petition Him for everything we need-- including restoration of health.
 
DAY 4 | Dealing with Loss
God isn’t blind to our grief. In fact, He sympathizes with everything we’re experiencing. Through Jesus, we have a Comforter in the Holy Spirit. He intercedes for us, conveying to God the groans of our souls that words can’t express.
 
DAY 5 | Marriage
Marriage is ultimately a picture of Christ’s love for the church; and thus, everyone stands to benefit from learning about it. Whether you’re married, engaged, dating, or single, take a few minutes to ask God today what He has to teach you through His amazing design for marriage.
 
DAY 6 | Finances
Whether it’s physical money or other resources, we are to steward all that we have in recognition that it was given to us by God. How are you stewarding what you have? What do you need from God right now? Be honest with Him-- He already knows!
 
DAY 7 | Career
God already knows the plans and paths He’s ordained for your life. How can you surrender your career today, and seek His guidance? Who needs your encouragement in this area today?
 
DAY 8 | Those Who Are Lost
There are billions of souls who don't know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. This should perhaps be our most ardent prayer-- that they come to know Him. Who is God laying on your heart today who doesn't know Him?
 
DAY 9 | Miracles
God’s plans often include doing the miraculous in our lives. How will you pray today for miracles in both your life and others’ lives?
 
DAY 10 | Wisdom & Peace
As we become wiser in the Lord, our lives look more and more peaceable to the world around us. Who in your life needs wisdom? Who needs peace?
 
DAY 11 | Vision
Until you know your WHY, it will be difficult to live out your purpose. What's the vision that God has laid on your heart? How can you be praying for others in this area today?
 
DAY 12 | Growth
The most important area of growth we can experience-- and the area that allows us to grow in every other area-- is in our relationship with Christ. As we “grow up in every way” into Christ, we find strength, wisdom, and peace to grow in other ways, as well.
 
DAY 13 | Relationships and Attitude
An immense amount of the tension we experience in relationships is due to the attitudes we adopt. How can you be praying for your attitude towards others to be more like Christ's? Which relationships in your life need reconciliation and healing?
 
DAY 14 | Those Going Through Transition
We have the power to maintain a hopeful disposition because of the One who goes with us into every transition. No matter what kind of change you and your loved ones are going through, God cares; and He wants to lead you through it.
 
DAY 15 | Protection
We live in a dangerous time. So many desperately need God's protection and provision. Who do you know who needs to experience His safety and security?
 
DAY 16 | Our Relationship with the Holy Spirit 
The Holy Spirit seals us, teaches us, intercedes for us, and journeys with us. He’s an integral part of our spiritual walk with God, and we need to develop our relationship with Him!
 
DAY 17 | Inner Peace
There's the peace we have between ourselves and others, and then there's inner peace-- that assurance God gives that goes deeper than feelings or circumstances. Who around you needs inner peace?
 
DAY 18 | Hope
Hope is one of the things God grows in us as we walk closely with Him. It comes by way of things that may not be completely pleasant in the moment; but in the end, we’ll be more like Jesus.
 
DAY 19 | Selflessness
Christ came not to be served, but to serve; and He asks us to follow in His footsteps. How can you pray for more selflessness in your daily life?
 
DAY 20 | Faith
The Bible says all of us are given a measure of faith. We can all grow our faith by walking more closely with the Lord, and by taking His Word to heart.
 
DAY 21 | Grace & Forgiveness
For our last day of 21 Days of Prayer, we're asking the Lord for an increased measure of grace and forgiveness. Where do you need these in your life?
 
21 DAY PRAYER GROUP
This year, we will join Bishop Van Moody on his prayer phone call each day at 5:00 AM PST to come together about that day’s topic. To join the conference call, dial (775) 799-9087.
 
 
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
 
What is prayer and fasting?
Prayer is connecting with God; fasting is disconnecting ourselves from the World.  Biblical fasting is, very simply, denying oneself for the sake of seeking and honoring God.
 
 
Why should I fast?
Over time, it’s very easy for our souls (mind, will and emotions) to become full of junk.  Fasting is a way to give our bodies and our souls a deep cleansing.  When we do, we find that not only do we feel better, but as we draw closer to God, we are more in tune with His voice.
 
 
How do I fast?
There are several different types of fasts. At the beginning of each year, we do our FCBC 21-Day fast. Some will give up specific foods such as bread or sweets. Other will be led to give up activities such as social media or watching television. Some will participate in the Financial Fast.  The main thing to remember is don’t make this time all about what you give up. Most importantly, this time is about drawing closer to God and replacing common distractions with prayer, reading our Bibles and seeking His face.
 
 
How should I prepare too fast?
If you are sacrificing food or committing to the Financial Fast, it’s smart to plan ahead and make sure you’ll have plenty of the fruits and vegetables on hand. 
 
 
What should I do while fasting?
Pray. Read your Bible. Listen to worship music. Tune in to God’s voice as never before.