21 Days of Prayer and Fasting

As we prepare to move into our next season at Elevate filled with expectation of all that God will do in and through His church – I’m inviting you join us for a 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting.

The 21 days of prayer and fasting will begin this Sunday, January 8. If you’d like to join with others in prayer, our prayer team will meet at the church from 8-8:30am every Sunday and the church building will be open at 6am on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The goal of this period of prayer and fasting is simply to “come CLOSE to God and He will come CLOSE to you.” (James 4:8)  We are hungry to get closer to God and hungry for Him to move in our church and city.

When we fast, we deny ourselves things we love for something we love even more. There are many ways to fast – all foods, partial fasts, and media fasts.  You may decide not to fast for the full 21 Days, but please commit to praying.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the Bible say about fasting?

Biblical fasting, unlike fasting for medical or health reasons, must be done with an attitude of seriousness and sincerity. When we fast, we willingly deprive the body of nourishment and the pleasurable taste of food. The body requires food for sustenance; therefore our hearts and minds must be totally focused and directed towards God so that He may be the full source of our strength during our period of fasting.

Fasting must also be done in an attitude of humility. It is not necessary for others to know we are fasting; it is directed towards God. “But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you” (Matthew 6:17-18).

In addition to our attitudes towards God and our stance before man, our motives must also be correct. We should fast in order to further the building up of God’s kingdom by seeking to minister to others. The prophet Isaiah received from the Lord the acceptable motives for our fasts: “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter — when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?” (Isaiah 58:6-7).

Fasts may last for varying lengths of time — one day, three days, seven days, and more. We should prayerfully seek the Lord about the length of our fast. Fasting should have an object in mind; we should have a clear idea of the need and purpose. One of the most pressing reasons for Christian fasting may be revival — “Will you not revive us again. . .” (Psalm 85:6).

Below are some types of fasts:

  • Full Fast  – Drink only liquids (you establish the number of days).
  • The Daniel Fast – Eat no meat, no sweets and no bread. Drink water and juice. Eat fruits and vegetables.
  • Partial Fast – A partial fast is from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm or from sun up to sundown. You can select from three types of fasting —a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.
  • Media Fast –  Eliminate any choice of media influence – television, movies, internet, gaming systems, cell phones, etc.

For additional guidance during the 21 days of prayer and fasting we will be following the YouVersion 21-Day Fast devotional.

 

-Pastor Colby

About Colby Atkins

Colby Atkins is the Lead Pastor of Elevate Church. He and his wife, Kristen, live in Erie with their three sons, Wade, Jake and Parker.

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