21 Days of Prayer Guide
A personal word from Pastor Jay
Welcome! At the end of 2018, and early into January 2019, I was asking the Lord to give me a theme that we could speak, pray into, and believe for our congregation and our lives. The word that kept coming to me was simply, ‘hunger.’ Psalm 34:8 states, Taste and see that the Lord is good.
The degree to which we hunger and thirst for the presence and Person of God, is the degree to which we will experience his goodness and favour manifesting in and through our lives. The reality is the world in which we live, and life itself, has a way of sapping our spiritual hunger as we find our appetites filled by so many other things. Daily we are distracted and diverted from the things that truly bring us into a deeper and more committed relationship with Jesus. Setting aside these 21 days to pray and to sacrifice through fasting will allow our souls to once again connect with Jesus, open our spiritual ears to the still small voice of the Holy Spirit; and as our appetite for the presence of God increases He has promised to fill us.
I am excited and anticipating amazing things for our lives, and by extension our families, our church and our community. When God’s people set themselves apart to Him, humble ourselves and pray, he has promised to hear from heaven and bring healing, restoration and we will experience his manifested goodness.
So let’s journey together. This devotional will contain 21 daily scripture verses, a short encouragement to focus our prayers for that day, and end with a daily prayer to help launch our personal prayer time. I encourage you to buy a designated notebook, or create a separate file in your tablet, smart phone or computer for note taking, written prayers and even questions you may have as you spend time interacting with the Holy Spirit.
You can follow this prayer guide or subscribe to the E-mail prayer guide for the devotional to come straight to your inbox. You can also visit our facebook page for the daily prayer guide.
And as answers to prayer come, as you experience breakthroughs in your personal life please drop me an email as I would love to hear what God is doing in these days. You can send questions or emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.
GOD BLESS AND LET’S GET STARTED!
For more information on the principles of fasting please listen to February 3rd message at www.calvarysimcoe.com/sermons
Types of Fasts
Your personal fast should present a level of sacrifice and challenge, but it is important to know your physical options, and most of all, seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.
COMPLETE FAST In this fast you drink only liquids, typically water, broths, and light juices as an option.
SELECTIVE FAST This fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example is the Daniel Fast, during which time you remove meat, sweets and bread from your diet and eat only vegetables, fruit and consume water and juice.
Another form of partial fast, especially over a prolonged period of time is to drink only, but supplement eating with juicing, and even meal replacements.
PARTIAL FAST This is commonly practised when there is a prolonged prayer / fasting focus and complete or even selective fasts are difficult due to work, health or schedule. This involves abstaining from eating during selective times, meals or days. Sometimes an entire day is set aside to fast, and during the usual meal times prayer, scripture reading, personal worship and meditation replaces the time we would normally use to prepare and eat food. Sometimes it is a specific meal, a lunch or dinner that is set aside for personal spiritual focus and renewal.
SOUL FAST This is a great fast if you do not have much experience fasting food, have health issues that prevent you from fasting food, or if you wish to refocus certain areas of your life that are out of balance. For example you might fast social media, watching television, listening to talk radio or music for the duration of the fast and then carefully bring that element back into your life in healthy doses at the conclusion of the fast.
Let’s get started….