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Day 7 – Repentance
 
One could argue that repentance should come at the beginning of a fast, but in reality, Paul said, “I die daily.” A fast is not a hunger strike to bargain with God for what you want. It’s a chance to overcome the flesh to become more of what He wants you to be. It’s a chance to grow closer to God. Pray that God will use your experience with hunger and discomfort to permanently alter how you see those in the world who are lost and needy. Pray that God will empty you of all that is YOU and fill you all that is HIM. (Life.Church, 21 Day Fast Reading Plan)
 
As we hit the one week mark of this fast, remember, it’s not about what we get, it’s about what we give. Fasting is being a living sacrifice to God. To sacrifice means to give up for something greater. Today, we pray for a deeper connection with Christ. We pray repentance over our lives. God, break me so that you can mold me and shape me into exactly what you desire for my life.
 
Does one prevailing problem stalk your life? Where does Satan have a hook in you? Some are prone to cheat. Others quick to doubt. Maybe you worry. Yes, everyone worries some – but you own the national distributorship of anxiety. Perhaps you are overly judgmental or critical.
What is that one weakness, bad habit, rotten attitude? Where does the devil have a stronghold on you? Ahh, there is the word that fits–stronghold–fortress, citadel, thick walls, tall gates. It’s as if the devil has fenced in one negative attribute, one bad habit, one weakness and constructed a rampart around it. “You ain’t touching this flaw,” he defies to heaven and he places himself squarely between God’s help and your issue. But today we pray against strongholds. Today while you fast, pray 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 over your life – over our church – over our community and nation. Satan, you are not welcome here! I will focus my mind on the things of Christ!
Day 5 – Determination
 
Ezra was a man of God that was determined to seek God’s will, and claim victory. In Ezra 8, we see the man of God calls a fast for his people. They fasted and they prayed, but that wasn’t enough for his hungry soul. No, according to Ezra, there was something more to be done. He was saying, “Yes, we believe God’s Word to us. But now we have to fast and pray until we see his Word come to pass. And we won’t go a step further until that happens.” Scripture says, “We fasted and besought our God for this: and he was intreated of us. And the hand of our God was upon us, and he delivered us from the hand of the enemy, and of such as lay in wait by the way” (Ezra 8:23, 31). It takes that kind of steadfast, unrelenting determination to make it through the worst times. God, I need you… and I’m not relenting until you hear and answer my cry. God, I’m not giving up on you. God, my faith is not wavering. I’m determined to receive my miracle. I’m determined to seek salvation. I’m determined to hang on until I see a victory. Don’t let your fast just become routine. Approach God with determination and persistency, ready to stand resolute when doubt and panic try to disrupt your faith. I’m not just fasting… I’m fasting with the determination to see a tremendous outpouring of the Holy Spirit!
Day 4 – God’s Direction
 
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
 
11 So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it
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God has a definite plan and purpose for our lives. If we are open to His direction and listening for His voice that purpose will be fulfilled in our lives. And I can only imagine the supreme satisfaction that comes from knowing you are following God’s will for your life. Don’t let the things of this world hold you back from accomplishing God’s ways. Prosper me God, that I might fulfill your will in my life. Remove all distraction and all hindrances that I might fulfill your calling.
 
 

Day 3 – Be Healed

Today, claim victory over your illness, be it physical or emotional. The enemy of this world can hold so much power over you by claiming your mind, and claiming your body. We rebuke it in Jesus name! We encourage you this morning: SPEAK YOUR HEALING INTO EXISTENCE! Jesus told the crippled man, “take up your bed and walk“. He called out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” and the dead rose from the grave. He gave permission for the spirits to leave Legion and be cast off a cliff. We know there are a lot of needs around us but we also know the Great Physician. Are you struggling with anxiety, fear, or panic? Are you depressed by the weightiness of this year? Is the diagnosis overwhelming? Covid? Cancer? Diabetes? Pain? Some of you are literally facing life or death situations right now. None of it… NONE of it is too hard for God. If you want victory, we encourage you to stop what you’re doing right now and speak your healing into existence. God, I claim victory over my illness! I rebuke cancer. I rebuke disease. I rebuke death. I claim my miracle. The woman with the issue of blood knew that if she could just touch the hem of Jesus’ garment she would be healed. It wasn’t the touch that miraculously healed her… Jesus said, YOUR faith has healed you. Whatever you need today, cry out in faith. Open your mouth, say the words, claim your victory, and by faith… be healed!
Fasting Update:
We have posted a 21 day bible study on our Facebook page if you need daily reminders or motivation. Today’s topic: stay committed! Fasts are not meant to be easy as we are struggling against the flesh – but the end result is worth it!
 
Day 2 – Overcoming the Storm
 
First Hurricane Laura, now Delta; SWLA hasn’t had time to breathe between waves of destruction. On top of that, people are struggling with homes and school and jobs and fighting insurance companies, all the while trying to stay healthy and Covid-free. Most people want to cry “Enough is enough!” But now is not the time to give up! If you’re struggling with coping check out this article by Noelle Kirchner or these bible promises. Finally, remember, Jesus calmed the storm with three little words, “Peace, be still!” Can’t he do the same for the storm that is tearing at your heart? Focus today on finding peace in your storm!
Prayer Focus:
 
Hopefully through much prayer, you have decided to sacrifice something to God over the next 21 days. At times it won’t be easy; but fighting the flesh is always a challenge. The end result will be rewarding! Today as you fast, spend some time in God’s word and spend some time in prayer. Focus your prayers on those that are struggling to cope with our current reality. Pray peace over them. Bind the spirits of fear and anxiety. Pray for God’s favor over the people of our church and community. And if you’re the one struggling, pray God’s perfect peace over your own life… and know that you’re in our prayers too! God bless!
 

Day 1 – 21 Days over 2020 – Being A Living Sacrifice

 
 
What is 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 should be done with humility. It’s not for our glory, but to develop a deeper spiritual connection with God. In addition to our attitudes towards God and our stance before man, our motives must also be pure. We should fast in order to further the building up of God’s kingdom by seeking to minister to others. Many times fasting involves abstaining from food. However, you can fast from any pleasure of the flesh – especially one that hinders your relationship with God. (ie social media) For more information on fasting click here.
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Why are we fasting?
 
Bill Bright once wrote, I believe the power of fasting as it relates to prayer is the spiritual atomic bomb that our Lord has given us to destroy the strongholds of evil and usher in a great revival and spiritual harvest around the world.”
 
With the world changing so rapidly – can the church survive? The truth is, if we conform and are not transformed, then we are a part of the world. Paul writes in Romans 12 that we should present our bodies as “a living sacrifice” so that we can know what is that “good and acceptable and perfect will of God”. Fasting is not to meet our needs, it’s to draw closer to God and understand his direction for our lives. We also want to lift up specific topics in prayer such as the hurricane devastation surrounding our community, the upcoming elections, and our nation as a whole.
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Focused Prayer & Devotion
 
On behalf of our city, state, and nation, we call you to participate with our church in a dedicated time of prayer and fasting for 21 days from October 14, 2020 extending until November 3, 2020. We ask that you give up a pleasure of the flesh – be it a full food fast, a partial food fast, social media, or an addictive habit. Whatever you give up, let it be sacrificial in nature. Alongside your fast we encourage you to designate time in each day to prayer and the Word. Each day – we will post a prayer topic and devotional here and on our Facebook page.
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