21 Days of Prayer & Fasting 2018

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21 Days of Prayer & Fasting

Dear Church Family,

The beginning of the new year is perhaps the best time in the rhythm of life to turn our hearts from distractions and to focus intensely on seeking God. Starting Sunday, January 1, we’re planning to set aside 21 days for prayer and fasting to draw near to God, put Him first in our lives, and ask God for specific breakthroughs. Along with hundreds of thousands of other Christians from around the world, let’s seek God with all of our hearts and set the course for the year to come.

 

Love in Christ, Roger

Why should I fast?

  • Do you desire to know God’s will and direction for your life?

  • Are you in need of a miracle or breakthrough?

  • Do you have a dream inside you that only God can make possible?

  • Are you in need of a fresh touch from God in your life?

  • Do you want a deeper, more intimate and powerful relationship with the Lord?

  • Are you ready to have greater sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s voice?

  • Do you need to break free from bondages that have been holding you captive?

  • Do you have a friend or loved one that needs Jesus?

  • Do you sense that God has more for your life?

Fasting

Fasting, simply stated, is about eliminating distractions in order to draw nearer to God. Fasting gets us focused on God and renews us from the inside out. The most important part of prayer and fasting is your time with God.

We’re asking our entire church family to join together in united prayer and fasting for 21 days. We’re suggesting the following different types of fasting. Your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your own body and to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do. Remember, it is the attitude of a heart sincerely seeking Him to which God responds with a blessing (Isaiah 58).

Please refer to the Heritage Personal Guide to Fasting.

Our 21 Day Plan

  • Prayer: Commit to specific times of prayer each day.

  • Fast: Join in one of the suggested types of fasts.

  • Keep a journal: Pick up a 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting Journal to record your prayers and what the Spirit speaks to you.

  • Sundays: On Sunday mornings we’ll be teaching on effective prayer and seeking after God.

  • Citywide Prayer Event: On Thursday, Jan. 4, from 7 to 8:15, churches from around San Clemente will join us at Heritage for an evening of worship and prayer.

  • Concluding Event: On Sunday evening, Jan. 21, from 5 to 7, we’ll conclude our 21 days with a soup and bread communion / dinner, followed by a time of worship led by Gary Rea.

 

  • Complete Fast: drinking only liquids, typically water, with juice as an option.

  • Daniel Fast: removing meat, sweets and alcohol from your diet (see Daniel 1:8).

  • Partial Fast: sometimes called a Jewish Fast, calls for abstaining from food for a specific part of each day. This might be from sunup to sundown, or 6 am to 3 pm, lunches, or something suitable for you.

  • Media Fast: abstaining from social media and all forms of electronic entertainment (movies, TV, video games, etc.). This is a wonderful fast for everyone! This is also a good fast to combine with one of the food fasts. It’s helpful to refocus areas of life that might be out of balance. When breaking the fast, carefully bring that element back into your life in an orderly fashion.

Prayer Focus

Ask the Lord to show you areas to target during your time of fasting and prayer. We believe that as we seek God and give Him our best at the first of the year, He will bless our ENTIRE year (Matthew 6:33)! During this season of prayer, we will seek the Lord in these areas:

  • Declaring our dependence on God in every area of our lives.

  • A closer relationship with God and hearing His voice.

  • Guidance in our lives for the year.

  • Believing God for answered prayer for specific needs.

  • Victory over areas of sin, and asking for forgiveness for our sins – personally and corporately.

  • Praying for our city, nation and the completion of the Great Commission.

  • Inviting the Presence and power of God to work in our church and our lives.