21 Days of Prayer and Fasting

Feb 8th – 28th Feb

PREPARING FOR THE FAST

To Our Amazing Church,

Over the next 21 days of prayer and fasting we want to encourage you to stretch your faith to believe God for His blessings and breakthroughs.

We have a great article on how to prepare for the fast and the different types of fasts that we can participate in over these 21 days.

They say that it takes at least 21 Days to form a habit.

  • What better habit to form at the beginning of the year than to learn to set time aside to pray, to fast to do devotions

Principally fasting is about denying ourselves of food.

  • For some, it could be a total fast and only water.

  • For some, it could be a partial fast of skipping just one or two meals.

  • For some, it could be a partial fast of skipping certain foods.

  • Some may choose the Daniel fast of just eating fruits and vegetables.

  • For some, it could be a morning fast or evening fast.

  • For some, it could be a soulish fast of certain pleasures, like Facebook, social media, TV,

  • One year we had some of the youth fasting XBOX or online gaming.

  • Whatever you are fasting from, eg: Dinner, take that time to set aside to pray and fast.

  • When you fast you will naturally lose weight, but understand this is not going to be a 21-day diet we’re going on a 21-day prayer and fasting adventure

God has blessed us so much, but there is always much more that God has for us.

Matthew 17:20 NKJV

So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.

  • Faith moves mountains and activates the impossible

  • You have got to know what that mountain is that you need to see moved.

  • It could be a mountain of unbelief in a family member that you want to see saved.

  • It could be a mountain of scepticism in a friend that you want to see saved.

  • It could be a mountain of debt that you want to see cleared.

  • It could be a mountain standing in the way of your provision that you want to believe God for.

  • It could be a mountain standing in the way of your breakthrough that you want to believe God for.

  • It could be a mountain standing in the way of your relationship that you want to believe God for.

  • Over this 21 day’s we are going to be speaking to those mountains

  • We are going to be believing for blessing and breakthroughs.

1. 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 and fast daily and follow us with our Daily Devotions. THE BATTLE BELONGS TO THE LORD.

2. Preparing Spiritually

  • Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal areas of weakness. Forgive all who have offended you and ask forgiveness from those you may have offended (Mark 11:25; Luke 11:4; 17:3-4). Surrender your life fully to Jesus Christ and reject and repent of the worldly desires that try to hinder you (Romans 12:1-2).

3. 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. Naturally, you will have hunger pains. Limit your activity and exercise moderately. Take time to rest. Fasting brings about miraculous results. In this 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.

4. How to End

  • Don’t overeat when the time comes to end your fast. Begin eating solid food gradually; eat small amounts to ease your body back into eating especially if you have chosen to fast for a long period.

Our Prayer Strategy

OUR COUNTRY
Psa 2:8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.
• Politicians
• Those in authority and in the government and military services
• This who have influence in our City

OUR CITY
Rom 1:5 Through him and for his name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith.
• Sound City Church is ONE CHURCH with ONE DNA that is expressed uniquely by multiple campuses
• Our goal to have 4 churches of 400+
• God has given us a mandate to call the unsaved unto obedience in Christ
• God has given us the ministry of reconciliation, to bring people back to himself. We need to understand every single person in the Rockingham region is blood bought, the penalty of their sin has been paid for, they just need to come to a knowledge of the truth so that they may experience the saving grace of God.
• Salvation of our City
• For the Seeds that have been sown in the hearts of people within our City
• The destiny of this City

OUR CHURCH
1Pe 5:2 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve;
Act 20:28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.
• Our Pastors, Our Leaders
• Our Congregation
o Marriages, Our Young People, Our Businesses, Our Seniors
• Our 4 Campuses locations: Rockingham, Baldivis, Secret Harbour, Wellard
• Our Tithes and Offerings
• Increase in new People
• For Boldness for our people to be witnesses

OUR CLANS
Jos 24:15 But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”
Act 16:31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”
• Spiritual Growth
• Health
• Marriages/Relationships
• Serving in the church

Fasting Resources from Jentezen Franklin

Types of Fasts

Complete Fast
In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.

Selective Fast
This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, and bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.

Partial Fast
This fast is sometimes called the “Jewish Fast” and involves abstaining from eating any type of food in the morning and afternoon. This can either correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown.

Soul Fast
This fast is a great option 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 choose to stop using social media or watching television 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.

The Daniel Fast Guide

Foods to include in your diet during the Daniel Fast

All fruits. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Fruits include but are not limited to apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon

All vegetables. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Vegetables include but are not limited to artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, ginger root, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, yams, zucchini, veggie burgers are an option if you are not allergic to soy.

  • All whole grains, including but not limited to whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley.
  • All nuts and seeds, including but not limited to sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame.
  • All legumes. These can be canned or dried. Legumes include but are not limited to dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, white beans.
  • All quality oils including but not limited to olive, canola, grape seed, peanut, and sesame.
  • Beverages: spring water, distilled water or other pure waters.
  • Other: tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices.

Foods to avoid on the Daniel Fast

  • All meat and animal products including but not limited to beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish.
  • All dairy products including but not limited to milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs.
  • All sweeteners including but not limited to sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, and cane juice.
  • All leavened bread including Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast and honey) and baked goods.
  • All refined and processed food products including but not limited to artificial flavourings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives.
  • All deep fried foods including but not limited to potato chips, French fries, corn chips.
  • All solid fats including shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat.
  • Beverages including but not limited to coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.