It's Time Ofw

2024 Prayer & Fasting

January 7 - 22

“Announce a time of fasting; call the people together for a solemn meeting. Bring the leaders and all the people of the land into the Temple of the Lord your God and cry out to Him there.”
(Joel 1:14)

 

If ever there was a time when we needed God to forgive our sins and restore our land, it’s now. But as the scripture says, we need to humble ourselves. We need to pray. We need to seek His face and repent of our ungodly ways. We need to get right with God and seek Him in a true and serious way. That’s why from January 7-21, Celebration Church will be participating in 14 days of prayer and fasting.

December 31 - Vision For Myself

Scripture for Today: “Then the Lord said to me, ‘Write My answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others. This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.” (Habakkuk 2:2-3)

Scripture Reflection: Reading Habakkuk 2:2-3 should inspire us to write out a vision for our own lives, making each item as clear as possible. We are reminded in the scripture that although the fulfillment may seem delayed, it will come at the appointed time. This passage teaches us to be patient and trust in God’s timing. It inspires us to be diligent in pursuing our vision and to have faith that it will come to pass. By seeking God’s guidance and being persistent, we can and should align our lives with His purposes for us. As we prepare for our time of prayer and fasting, we should ask the Lord to give us clarity on His vision for our lives so we might approach each day with hope, knowing that God’s promises will be fulfilled in accordance with His own perfect timing.

Today, as you prepare for the prayer and fasting emphasis:

  • Pray and ask the Lord to help you align your vision for your life with His.
  • In your journal or on a piece of paper, write out the main parts of that vision.
  • Make a decision to participate in the prayer and fasting emphasis beginning on January 7th after your noon meal.

Prayer for Today: Lord, I pray that You would give me clarity on Your vision for my life. Guide me as I attempt to write it out at some point today. Help me as I prepare for our upcoming time of prayer and fasting. In Jesus Name, Amen.

 

January 1 - Vision For My Family

Scripture for Today: “But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)

Scripture Reflection: Joshua 24:15 calls us to choose whom we will serve, declaring, "As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord." This verse challenges us to prioritize God in the lives of our family members. It reminds us that our choices impact not only ourselves but also our loved ones. Through the determination that our families will serve the Lord, we set in place a vision for unity, love, and faith. We can and should lead by example, fostering a home environment rooted in God's truth and grace. Through Joshua's declaration, we are inspired to cultivate a shared vision of honoring and serving God within our families. As we prepare for this time of prayer and fasting, we should ask the Lord to give us a vision for our families and things could be different if we were totally committed to serving Him.

Today, as you prepare for the prayer and fasting emphasis:

  • Pray and ask the Lord to help you align your vision for your family life with His own.
  • In your journal or on a piece of paper, write out the main parts of that vision.
  • Ask the Lord to show you how you should participate in the upcoming time of prayer and fasting. Should you complete a complete fast, a partial fast, or some type of alternative fast? For assistance, see www.celebrationchurch.org/prayerfasting

Prayer for Today: Lord, thank You for my loved ones. Please guide me as I examine how we can be better aligned with your vision for our lives. Help us to be totally committed to You. Also, please help me to know how I should participate in this upcoming time of prayer and fasting. In Jesus Name, Amen.

 

January 2 - Vision For My Spiritual Growth

Scripture for Today: “Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All glory to Him, both now and forever! Amen.” (2 Peter 3:18)

Scripture Reflection: In 2 Peter 3:18, the Apostle Paul urges us to "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." This scripture emphasizes the continuous process of spiritual growth. It encourages us to deepen our understanding of God's love and truth, fostering a vision for our ongoing spiritual transformation. By seeking to know Christ more intimately, we embrace a vision of maturing in faith, character, and wisdom. This verse prompts us to prioritize spiritual nourishment and intentional growth, reminding us that our journey with Christ is a lifelong progression. This should be at the forefront of our minds as we prepare for our upcoming prayer and fasting emphasis. Let's pursue a vision of spiritual maturity, rooted in the grace and knowledge of our Savior.

Today, as you prepare for the prayer and fasting emphasis:

  • Pray and ask the Lord to guide your spiritual growth as you prepare.
  • In your journal or on a piece of paper, make a short list of the ways you need to grow spiritually.
  • Look through your daily calendar and decide upon the specific times you will dedicate to prayer during the prayer and fasting emphasis.

Prayer for Today: Lord, I want to grow spiritually. Please guide me as I prepare for this prayer and fasting emphasis. Help me to take this seriously and commit myself to the process. Help this growth I experience during this emphasis not be temporary, but just the beginning of a renewed spiritual journey for me. In Jesus Name, Amen.

 

January 3 - Vision For The Church

Scripture for Today: “All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity - all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:42-47)

Scripture Reflection: Acts 2:42-47 presents a vision of the early church's unity, devotion to teaching, fellowship, and prayer. This passage inspires us to envision a community marked by steadfast commitment to God's Word, mutual support, outreach, and prayerful unity. It prompts us to cultivate a church environment where evangelism, spiritual growth, generosity, and fellowship thrive. Through this passage, we are encouraged to embrace a vision for the church as a place of unwavering devotion, authentic community, and transformative faith. As we prepare for next week’s prayer and fasting emphasis, we should pray for our church to be a united body where love, truth, and the power of the Holy Spirit shape the lives of its members and radiate God's light to the world.

Today, as you prepare for the prayer and fasting emphasis:

  • Pray and ask the Lord to show you how you can pray for the church.
  • In your journal or on a piece of paper, write out anything the Lord reveals to you about how you can intercede for the church during the fasting and prayer emphasis.
  • Plan to attend one of the midweek Nights of Worship and Prayer being held at most of our campuses this evening.

Prayer for Today: Lord, I pray for the church today. Please guide us as we prepare for this prayer and fasting emphasis. Help us to follow the example of the early Christians in Acts 2. Help us to devote ourselves to the teaching of the Bible, to our fellowship with one another, and to prayer. Help our church be all that You desire it to be in our day and time. In Jesus Name, Amen.

 

January 4 - Vision For My Profession

Scripture for Today: “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” (Colossians 3:23)

Scripture Reflection: Colossians 3:23 instructs us to work wholeheartedly “at whatever we do.” This verse offers us a vision for our vocations rooted in serving God through our work. It calls us to see our places of business as avenues for honoring and glorifying Him. By embracing this vision, we can approach our careers with diligence, integrity, and excellence, recognizing that our efforts ultimately reflect our devotion to Christ. This scripture inspires us to envision our vocations as opportunities to fulfill God's purposes, impact others positively, and contribute meaningfully to His kingdom. As we participate in the upcoming prayer and fasting emphasis, let's pursue a vision for our vocations that magnifies God's presence in all we do.

Today, as you prepare for the prayer and fasting emphasis:

  • Pray and ask the Lord to give you a vision for your profession.
  • In your journal or on a piece of paper, make a list of prayer needs surrounding your workplace and coworkers.
  • Think about any work related items in which you may need to maneveur as you participate in the upcoming prayer and fasting emphasis.

Prayer for Today: Lord, please give me a vision for my profession today. Guide me in how I can be a light for You in my work itself as I strive to be a strong witness to my coworkers. Help me to see and prepare for any complications with my work that may come about during my time of prayer and fasting. In Jesus Name, Amen.

 

January 5 - Vision For My Service

Scripture for Today: “For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for Him and how you have shown your love to Him by caring for other believers, as you still do.” (Hebrews 6:10)

Scripture Reflection: Hebrews 6:10 offers us a vision for our service rooted in love, compassion, and faithfulness. It reminds us that God acknowledges and values our efforts in serving Him and others. By embracing this vision, we are inspired to serve with enduring love, knowing that our labor in His name is never in vain. As we prepare for our time of fasting and prayer, let's envision our service as a reflection of God's unwavering love and a source of hope, comfort, and care for those we serve.

Today, as you prepare for the prayer and fasting emphasis:

  • Pray and ask the Lord to give you a vision for your service.
  • In your journal or on a piece of paper, write out any dreams you may have had regarding how you can serve the Lord and others.
  • Pray over them as they come to your mind throughout the day.
  • Ask the Lord to give you opportunities to serve, even during your upcoming time of prayer and fasting.

Prayer for Today: Lord, give me a vision of how You would have me serve You and others. Please confirm this to me as I participate in the upcoming prayer and fasting emphasis. Help me to remember that you see what I do for You and others even if no one else does. In Jesus Name, Amen.

 

January 6 - Vision For My Nation

Scripture for Today: “Then if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Scripture Reflection: 2 Chronicles 7:14 offers us a vision for our nation rooted in repentance, prayer, and seeking God's guidance. It prompts us to envision a nation shaped by righteousness, unity, and spiritual renewal. By embracing this vision, we are inspired to intercede for our nation's healing, transformation, and God's merciful intervention. As we participate in the prayer and fasting emphasis, let's hold a vision of our nation as a place where God's principles guide our leaders, communities unite in love, and His redemptive power brings healing to our land.

Today, as you prepare for the prayer and fasting emphasis:

  • Pray and ask the Lord to help you pray for your country faithfully during this time of prayer and fasting.
  • In your journal or on a piece of paper, make a list of government officials, military personnel of whom you can pray for during this fasting and prayer emphasis.
  • Take time to prepare for any food practicalities during the fast.

Prayer for Today: Lord, I pray today for my country. Help me to catch a vision of how I can serve or pray for those in leadership or service. Also, please help me today as I prepare to begin my time of prayer and fasting tomorrow after the noon meal. In Jesus Name, Amen.

January 7 - Love For God

Scripture for Today: “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Luke 10:27)

Scripture Reflection: Luke 10:27 offers us a vision for developing a deep, all-encompassing love for the Lord. It prompts us to prioritize wholehearted devotion, intimate communion, and surrender to His will. By embracing this vision, we are inspired to seek God's presence in every aspect of our lives, nurturing a love that transcends understanding. Today, as we begin our time of prayer and fasting, let's all hold a vision of loving the Lord with fervor, commitment, and reverence, reflecting His love in our relationships and shaping our priorities in alignment with His love.

Today, as we begin our time of prayer and fasting:

  • Pray and ask the Lord to help you love Him with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind.
  • In your journal or on a piece of paper, write a prayer to the Lord, telling Him why you love Him so much.
  • Begin your time of fasting today after the noon meal.

Prayer for Today: Lord, as I begin my time of prayer and fasting today, I pray that You would increase my love for You. Help me to catch a glimpse of how much You love me and respond to Your love in kind. Help me to show You my love for You through my dedication to this time of fasting and prayer. I love You. In Jesus Name, Amen.

 

January 8 - Love For God’s Word

Scripture for Today: “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” (Hebrews 4:12)

Scripture Reflection: Hebrews 4:12 declares that the Word of God is living, active, and powerful, capable of penetrating the depths of our being. This scripture offers us a vision for developing a profound love for God's Word. It prompts us to view Scripture as a source of life-transforming truth, wisdom, and divine revelation. By embracing this vision, we are inspired to approach the Word with reverence, hunger for understanding, and a desire to apply its principles in our lives. As we continue this time of prayer and fasting, let's hold a vision of cherishing the Bible, allowing it to shape our thoughts, guide our choices, and deepen our love for God as we encounter His boundless love and wisdom within its pages.

Today, as you participate in our time of prayer and fasting:

  • Pray and ask the Lord to help you develop a passion for the Bible, His Word.
  • If you don’t have a regular Bible reading time each day, make a plan to read it each day during this prayer and fasting emphasis. If you don’t know where to begin, consider reading through the book of John during this emphasis.
  • As you pray today, ask the Lord to help you be faithful for the duration of the fast.

Prayer for Today: Today, Lord, I pray that You would increase my love for Your Word. Help me to read it faithfully, as if I truly believed that every word was from You. Thank You for giving me the Bible. Help me allow it to guide me through life. In Jesus Name, Amen.
January 9 - Love For My Community

 

January 9 - Love For My Community

Scripture for Today: “Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and He will grant you His blessing.” (1 Peter 3:8-9)

Scripture Reflection: 1 Peter 3:8-9 urges us to be harmonious, sympathetic, compassionate, and to bless others, cultivating a spirit of unity and love. This passage offers us a vision for developing a deep love for our communities. It prompts us to envision our communities as places of empathy, mutual support, and grace-filled interactions. By embracing this vision, we are inspired to extend kindness, understanding, and forgiveness, fostering a culture of love and harmony. As we continue our prayer and fasting emphasis, let's hold a vision of loving our communities by exemplifying Christ's love, promoting unity, and being agents of healing and reconciliation, thus reflecting God's love to the world.

Today, as you participate in our time of prayer and fasting:

  • Pray and ask the Lord to help you develop a love for your community.
  • In your journal or on a piece of paper, make a list of people, needs, and issues from your community for which you should be praying.
  • As you pray today, be sure to pray for the people, needs, and issues on your newly written community prayer list.

Prayer for Today: Today, Lord, I pray that You would increase my love for my community. Help me to be truly concerned about those who live around me. Guide me as I attempt to pray for the needs and issues surrounding my neighbors. May Your will be done in my community. In Jesus Name, Amen.

 

January 10 - Love For My Enemies

Scripture for Today: “But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also. Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back. Do to others as you would like them to do to you. (Luke 6:27-31)

Scripture Reflection: Luke 6:27-31 instructs us to love our enemies, do good to them, bless them, and pray for them, reflecting God's boundless love and mercy. This passage offers us a vision for developing love for our enemies rooted in compassion, grace, and selfless kindness. It prompts us to envision our enemies as individuals deserving of God's love and reconciling grace. By embracing this vision, we are inspired to respond to hostility with love, forgiveness, and acts of compassion, reflecting Christ's transformative love. As we continue this time of prayer and fasting, let's hold a vision of loving our enemies by extending grace, seeking their well-being, and embodying the redemptive power of God's love in our interactions.

Today, as you participate in our time of prayer and fasting:

  • Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you forgive those who have wronged you.
  • In your journal or on a piece of paper, make a list of the people who might be considered your enemies. Then, take time to pray for each one, asking God to work in each of their lives even as He helps you to forgive them.
  • Today, as you pray, ask the Lord to help you reach out to any of those you have prayed for today. If reconciliation is needed, pray for the Lord’s guidance and for the courage you need to press forward.

Prayer for Today: Lord, as hard as it may be, I pray for my enemies today. I pray You would bring forgiveness into my relationship with them. Help me to forgive them for the wrongs they have done to me. I also pray they will forgive me for how I may have wronged them. In Jesus Name, Amen.

January 11 - Love For My Family

Scripture for Today: “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

Scripture Reflection: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 portrays love as patient, kind, protective, trusting, hopeful, and persevering. This passage offers us a vision for developing a deep love for our families, rooted in these enduring qualities. It prompts us to envision our families as sacred spaces where patience, kindness, and unwavering devotion thrive. By embracing this vision, we are inspired to nurture a love that fosters understanding, empathy, and support within our families. As we continue this time of prayer and fasting, let's hold a vision of loving our families with enduring patience, abounding kindness, and steadfast commitment, creating a haven of love that reflects God's unyielding love and grace.

Today, as you participate in our time of prayer and fasting:

  • Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help you develop a greater love for your family.
  • In your journal or on a piece of paper, make a list of your family members, both those in your nuclear family and those in your extended family. Beside each name, write out any prayer concerns of which you are aware.
  • Today, as you pray, lift up each need on your list, adding any others that may come to mind as you pray.

Prayer for Today: Lord, I pray for those in my family today. I pray You would increase my love for them. Help me be truly concerned about each and every member. Draw us closer together and closer to You. In Jesus Name, Amen.

 

January 12 - Love For The Church

Scripture for Today: “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)

Scripture Reflection: Hebrews 10:24-25 encourages us to stir up love and good works, not neglecting to gather as a community of believers. This passage offers us a vision for developing love for the church through active participation, support, and encouragement. It prompts us to envision our gatherings as places of unity, mutual edification, and collective service. By embracing this vision, we are inspired to prioritize fellowship, uplifting one another, and contributing to the church's growth and mission. As we continue our prayer and fasting emphasis, let's hold a vision of loving the church by actively engaging, supporting, and building up the body of Christ, fostering a community of love, faith, and shared purpose.

Today, as you participate in our time of prayer and fasting:

  • Pray and ask the Lord to help you develop a greater love for the church, for the congregation, and for its pastors and leaders.
  • In your journal or on a piece of paper, make a list of needs within the congregation of which you are aware. Remember to include the pastors and staff as you create this list. Write out each name and need which comes to mind.
  • As you pray, lift up each need on your list, adding any others that come to your mind as you pray.

Prayer for Today: Lord, I pray for those in my church family today. I pray You would increase my love for them. Help me be truly concerned about the needs of those in the congregation and in leadership. Draw us closer together and closer to You. In Jesus Name, Amen.

 

January 13 - Love For Prayer

Scripture for Today: “In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for Me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” (Jeremiah 29:12-13)

Scripture Reflection: Jeremiah 29:12-13 assures us that when we seek the Lord with all our hearts, we will find Him, and He will listen to our prayers. This passage offers us a vision for developing a deep love for prayer, rooted in earnest seeking and intimate communion with God. It prompts us to view prayer as a means of encountering God's presence, wisdom, and transformative power. By embracing this vision, we are inspired to approach prayer with sincerity, faith, and a hunger for divine intimacy. As we end our first week of prayer and fasting, let's hold a vision of loving prayer by seeking God wholeheartedly, communing with Him earnestly, and experiencing His gracious and loving response.

Today, as you participate in our time of prayer and fasting:

  • Pray and ask the Lord to help you develop a love for prayer.
  • In your journal or on a piece of paper, write out a brutally honest prayer to God, telling Him how and where you struggle with your prayer life, and asking Him to help you overcome those struggles, beginning with the remainder of this prayer and fasting emphasis.
  • Read the words you have written aloud to the Lord. Follow that up with a genuine conversation with Him about your prayer life.

Prayer for Today: Lord, please help me develop a love for spending time with You in prayer. Guide me by the power of Your Holy Spirit to love You more than anything else in my life. Help me to come to You faithfully each and every day, not out of duty, but out of love for You and Your presence. In Jesus Name, Amen.

 

January 14 - Faith For Healing

Scripture for Today: “But He was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)

Scripture Reflection: Isaiah 53:5 proclaims that by His wounds, we are healed, reflecting God's redemptive and healing power. This passage offers us a vision for developing faith for healing, rooted in the redemptive work of Christ. It prompts us to view healing as a divine promise, accessible through faith in God's mercy and restoration. By embracing this vision, we are inspired to approach healing with unwavering faith, trusting in God's capacity to restore, renew, and heal. As we begin week two of our prayer and fasting emphasis, let's hold a vision of faith for healing by anchoring ourselves in the redemptive work of Christ, believing in God's healing grace, and surrendering to His transformative and restorative power.

Today, as you participate in our time of prayer and fasting:

  • Pray and ask the Lord to increase your faith in the area of healing.
  • In your journal or on a piece of paper, make a list of those who need physical, emotional, and relational healing in their lives.
  • Pray for each need on your healing list, asking God to work in each and every situation.

Prayer for Today: Lord, please increase my faith today. I know that You are Jehovah Rapha, the God who heals. Give me a renewed belief that You are able to heal, even today. I pray for healing in my own life, even in those places I don’t wish to disclose. I pray for physical, emotional, and relational healing in the lives of those in my family, church, and community. In Jesus Name, Amen.

 

January 15 - Faith For Finances

Scripture for Today: “And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

Scripture Reflection: Philippians 4:19 offers us a vision for developing faith for our finances, anchored in God's abundant provision. It prompts us to view our financial well-being as part of God's faithful care and provision. By embracing this vision, we are inspired to trust in God's abundance, seek His wisdom in stewardship, and be faithful in our financial dealings. As we continue our prayer and fasting emphasis, let's hold a vision of faith for our finances by entrusting our needs to God, being wise stewards, and seeking His provision with unwavering faith and gratitude.

Today, as you participate in our time of prayer and fasting:

  • Pray and ask the Lord to increase your faith in the area of finances.
  • In your journal or on a piece of paper, make a list of your own financial needs. Then, write out the same for your friends and family members and for the church.
  • Pray for each item on your financial faith list, asking God to work in each and every situation.

Prayer for Today: Lord, please increase my faith today. I know that You are Jehovah Jireh, the God who provides. I ask You to give me a renewed belief that You are able to provide for me, my family, my friends, my church, and even in my community in great ways, even when I don’t understand it. In Jesus Name, Amen.

 

January 16 - Faith for Breakthrough

Scripture for Today: “For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:19)

Scripture Reflection: Isaiah 43:19 declares that God will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, signaling His power to bring forth newness and breakthrough. This passage offers us a vision for developing faith for our breakthroughs, rooted in God's transformative and redemptive work. It prompts us to envision breakthroughs as God's promise of renewal, restoration, and divine intervention. By embracing this vision, we are inspired to approach our circumstances with unwavering faith, trusting in God's ability to bring forth new possibilities and transformative change. As we continue our prayer and fasting emphasis, let's hold a vision of faith for breakthroughs by relying on God's promises, expecting His renewing work, and embracing His transformative power with unyielding faith.

Today, as you participate in our time of prayer and fasting:

  • Pray and ask the Lord to increase your faith in the area for which you need a breakthrough.
  • In your journal or on a piece of paper, make a list of the areas of breakthrough in your own life and in the lives of others where you need God’s intervention.
  • Pray intently for yourself and any others you listed where breakthrough is needed.

Prayer for Today: Lord, please increase my faith today. There are huge items in my life and in the lives of others where we need a breakthrough. These items are so enormous, there’s no way to move forward unless we receive help from You. Help us, Lord. We need You so much. In Jesus Name, Amen.

 

January 17 - Faith For Renewal

Scripture for Today: “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Look! I am going to put breath into you and make you live again!” (Ezekiel 37:5)

Scripture Reflection: Ezekiel 37:5 portrays the prophetic vision of God breathing life into dry bones, signifying His power to bring about renewal and restoration. This passage offers us a vision for developing faith for our renewal, rooted in God's transformative and life-giving spirit. It prompts us to perceive renewal as a divine promise of revival, rejuvenation, and new beginnings. By embracing this vision, we are inspired to approach our lives with unwavering faith, trusting in God's ability to breathe new life into the areas that seem dry and lifeless. As we reach the halfway point of week two of our prayer and fasting emphasis, let's hold a vision of faith for renewal by leaning on God's promise, expecting His life-giving power, and embracing His transformative renewal with steadfast faith.

Today, as you participate in our time of prayer and fasting:

  • Pray and ask the Lord to increase your faith for your personal renewal.
  • In your journal or on a piece of paper, write out a prayer to the Lord, asking Him to renew your spiritual life.
  • Pray for others around you who also need to experience personal spiritual renewal.

Prayer for Today: Lord, I am in need of a personal spiritual renewal. Won’t you please work in my life today, renewing my spirit as You draw me closer to You. I also pray for those around me who need renewal. Restore unto us the joy of Your salvation, Lord. In Jesus Name, Amen.

 

January 18 - Faith For Salvations

Scripture for Today: “The Lord isn’t really being slow about His promise, as some people think. No, He is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.” (2 Peter 3:9)

Scripture Reflection: 2 Peter 3:9 reveals God's patient and merciful nature, desiring all to come to repentance and experience salvation. This passage offers a vision for developing faith for our salvations and for the salvation of others, rooted in God's abundant grace and unyielding love. It prompts us to view salvation as a promise of redemption, renewal, and eternal life through Christ. By embracing this vision, we are inspired to approach our faith journey with unwavering trust, embracing God's offer of salvation, and sharing His redemptive love with others. As we continue our prayer and fasting emphasis, let's hold a vision of faith for salvations by trusting in God's grace, seeking His transformative renewal, and extending His redemptive love with unyielding faith.

Today, as you participate in our time of prayer and fasting:

  • Pray and thank the Lord for your own personal salvation.
  • In your journal or on a piece of paper, make a list of your friends, family, and community members you know who need to experience the saving power of the Lord Jesus in their lives.
  • Pray for each name on your list, asking God to bring them to repentance and salvation.

Prayer for Today: Lord, I know that it is Your desire for all people to come to salvation. I pray today that You would draw the lost to Yourself and bring them into a saving relationship with You. Please use me anywhere in the process as they are drawn to You. In Jesus Name, Amen.

 

January 19 - Faith For Peace

Scripture for Today: “But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.” (James 3:17-18)

Scripture Reflection: James 3:17-18 underscores the wisdom from above, emphasizing peace, gentleness, and good fruits as the hallmark of righteousness. This passage offers us a vision for developing faith for peace, rooted in God's divine wisdom and grace. It prompts us to view peace as a divine blessing, achievable through righteousness, gentleness, and unity. By embracing this vision, we are inspired to approach conflicts and challenges with unwavering faith, embodying God's wisdom, promoting harmony, and sowing seeds of peace and reconciliation. Even after we wrap up our time of prayer and fasting, let's hold a vision of faith for peace by embracing God's wisdom, cultivating righteousness, and sowing seeds of peace with unwavering faith and resolve.

Today, as you participate in prayer and fasting:

  • Pray and ask the Lord to increase your faith in Him for peace.
  • In your journal or on a piece of paper, write out a list of areas where the peace of God needs to permeate the situation. This may include anything from nations at war to family arguments to personal restlessness.
  • Pray for each item on your peace list, making sure to include any personal items.

Prayer for Today: Lord, You are Jehovah Shalom, the God of Peace. Please bring peace to our world. Please calm the wars that rage around the world, in my family, and in my own personal life. In Jesus Name, Amen.

 

January 20 - Faith For Miracles

Scripture for Today: “Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” (Matthew 19:26)

Scripture Reflection: Matthew 19:26 asserts that with God, all things are possible, emphasizing His unlimited power and ability to perform miracles. This passage offers us a vision for developing faith for miracles, grounded in God's omnipotence and boundless grace. It prompts us to perceive miracles as a reflection of God's extraordinary interventions and redemptive work. By embracing this vision, we are inspired to approach our challenges and needs with unshakable faith, trusting in God's power to bring forth miraculous transformations and breakthroughs. Even as we conclude our time of prayer and fasting, let's hold a vision of faith for miracles by entrusting our impossibilities to God, embracing His unlimited power, and believing in His miraculous interventions with unwavering faith.

Today, as you prepare to end your time of prayer and fasting:

  • Pray and ask the Lord to increase your faith for miracles.
  • In your journal or on a piece of paper, write out a list of any miracles you would like to see take place in your life, in the lives of your friends or family members, in our church, or in our nation and world. Spend time in prayer over every item.
  • Finally, plan a celebration meal as you end your time of prayer and fasting.

Prayer for Today: Lord, You are a prayer-answering, miracle-working God. I pray You would continue to work miracles as we continue through this year. Thank You for leading me to participate in this time of prayer and fasting. Help me to remain close to You even as this time of prayer and fasting concludes. In Jesus Name, Amen.

 

What Is Fasting

What Is Fasting? - Fasting is a powerful spiritual discipline through which the Holy Spirit can transform lives. Most often, it is when someone abstains from food or certain foods for a period of time. Sometimes, people abstain from activities like social media, video games, or certain forms of entertainment.

Whta Is Fasting Ofw

“I am the Bread of Life. Whoever comes to Me will never be hungry again.
Whoever believes in Me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35

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Why Should We Fast?

Why Should We Fast? - Fasting is biblical as seen in the lives of Moses, David, Daniel, and Jesus. It humbles us in the sight of God and can strengthen our personal times with Him. When we fast, the Holy Spirit works in our lives, enabling us to better hear from the Lord.

How To Participate In Prayer and Fasting

  • Ask God to guide you as you pray and fast.
  • Confess any sins that come to mind.
  • Make a list of prayer requests for the community, church, others, and yourself.
  • Decide what type of fast you will follow.
    • Complete Fasts: Abstain from all foods for a period of time.
    • Partial Fasts: Abstain from all or certain foods on a varied periods of time
    • Alternative Fasts: Abstain from activities or pleasures for a period of time.
    • Health Notice: If you have health concerns, follow your doctor’s advice and proceed cautiously.
  • Schedule daily prayer times throughout the fast. As you pray, worship and adore the Lord through scripture, singing, or silence.
  • Thank Him for what He has done, admit your need for Him, and confess your sins to Him. Finally, pray for every item on your prayer list, thanking God for what He will do in each situation.
  • Review prayer and fasting resources below. Make use of the preparation week (December 31-January 6) to prepare for the two weeks of prayer and fasting.
  • Connect with a prayer partner with whom you can dialogue about your prayer and fasting efforts.

“Return to the Lord your God, for He is merciful and compassionate,
slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.” (Joel 2:13b)

How To Lead Your Family Through The Emphasis

  • How To Lead Your Family Through the Prayer and Fasting Emphasis:
  • Have a family meeting and discuss the prayer and fasting emphasis.
  • Make use of the preparation week (December 31 - January 6) on the prayer and fasting calendar to help you and your family prepare for prayer and fasting.
  • As a family, create a prayer list of needs in your community, in the church, for others, and for your family.
  • Use the instructions above regarding types of fasting, allowing each family member to decide on how and when they will fast and pray.
  • Meet daily for family prayer, sharing new prayer requests and praise reports about how God has been working in the lives of those for whom you are praying.
  • Plan a celebration meal at the end of our 14 days of prayer and fasting, sharing with each other about how God has worked during the emphasis.

Helpful Apps, Articles, and Resources for Prayer and Fasting

Apps

  • Holyground.app - Prayer-Walking App which allows for personal notes and tracking by Civil Righteousness, Inc.
  • Pauseapp.com - Provides simple ways to connect with God throughout the day by John Eldridge

Articles

Media

Podcasts

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