21 Days of Prayer & Fasting2019-01-07T12:33:39+00:00

January 7-28, 2019

TODAY’S READING

PRAYER

Prayer is the heartbeat of life with God.

It should be woven into the fabric of our daily routine, our weekly schedule. It is here we get to enjoy the Father’s company, rest and be renewed. Prayer is our opportunity to interact with the Creator God and participate in his work of bringing redemption to earth. However, for many of us prayer has become difficult and we may even find it an impossible task to sit in the presence of God for more than a few short minutes.

Our hope is over the next 21 days you will be inspired and experience a new relational depth with your creator through prayer and fasting.

FASTING

The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God.

Biblical fasting is a willing abstinence from food for a set period of time. The intent is not to simply be hungry, but to focus our body, mind and soul on God. From the Old Testament through the life of Jesus and into thousands of years of Church history, fasting has been considered a core practice for all those who are Christ followers across globe.

Today, we live in a culture of excess. We over consume food, entertainment and luxury while addiction and brokenness runs rampant. For so many of us, the desires of our body have come to hold power over us. In the battle with our “flesh,” we have become its slave, not its master. Fasting is the first step towards freedom from this bondage as we give the Holy Spirit access and space to change and shape our desires and habits.

WHY PRAYER & FASTING?

WHY PRAYER & FASTING?

Biblically and historically, fasting and prayer are uniquely connected. Fasting is nearly always paired with prayer (2 Samuel, Ezra, Nehemiah, Ester, Psalms, Daniel, Luke, Matthew, Acts) and we repeatedly see it aid and amplify the prayers of the people of God.

Over the next 21 days, we encourage you to step into both practices, prayer and fasting, and watch as God moves in you, our church and in his kingdom!

If fasting sounds odd to you, don’t worry, you’re not alone! This is a practice new to many of us, and we learn together. This practice is about freedom in Christ, not legalism. In fact, fasting is never mandated in the New Testament. Instead, it is something we are invited into by God. It is a spiritual practice that Jesus found important enough to incorporate into his own life (Matthew 4). It is freedom from our disordered desires and flesh. It’s a surrendering of ourselves to God, and then it is God who does the work.

Dallas Willard says it this way:

“This discipline teaches us a lot about ourselves very quickly. It will certainly prove humiliating to us, as it reveals to us how much our peace depends upon the pleasures of eating. It may also bring to mind how we are using food pleasure to assuage the discomforts caused in our bodies by faithless and unwise living and attitudes – lack of self-worth, meaningless work, purposeless existence, or lack of rest or exercise…If nothing else though, it will certainly demonstrate how powerful and clever our body is in getting it’s own way against our strongest resolves.”

SO YOU’RE INVITED.

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3 WAYS TO FAST

1

Complete Fast

(we recommend: one – two days a week)

In this type of fast, you abstain from food for 2-3 meals a day while drinking only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option (often people will skip breakfast and lunch, and break their fast by eating dinner). There is not a wrong way to do this fast. The heart of this practice is simply to make a conscience decision to abstain from food for a number of meals you choose. 

2

Selective Fast

(we recommend: the entire 21 days)

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. Based on dietary restrictions and individual needs, the selective fast may be a better option than the complete fast.

3

Soul Fast

(we recommend: the entire 21 days)

While this is not technically a fast, it is certainly a wise and healthy practice to implement. If you 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, this may work well for you. For example, you might choose to stop using social media or watching television for the duration of the “fast” and use that time to pray or serve the kingdom.

HOW IT WORKS

Read the daily scripture from the Lectio Divina

Pray each day for yourself, your church and the kingdom

Participate in one of the 3 types of fast (listed above)

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21 DAYS

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2301, 2019

Day 17: January 23rd, 2019

Today’s Prayers: 1. A PRAYER FOR MY LIFE: Father, thank you for the many ways you have blessed my life, specifically for your grace, compassion, and love. Father your ways never fail. Today I pray that I will be slow to anger and that my life will bring you glory. May my actions and words point others towards you. 2.  A PRAYER FOR MY CHURCH: God, I pray for

2201, 2019

Day 16: January 22nd, 2019

Today’s Prayers: 1. A PRAYER FOR MY LIFE: Father, I thank you for this day. I praise you for your faithfulness and the love and mercy you have for me that is new every day. Today, would you show me any bitterness or divisiveness that is in my heart. Please forgive me for harboring either of these, and give me the courage to repent and to begin to heal

2101, 2019

Day 15: January 21st, 2019

Today’s Prayers: 1. A PRAYER FOR MY LIFE: Father, today I ask you to heal the wounds from my past. Overwhelm me with your compassion and grace. Surround me with people who will speak your truth into my life. Fill me today with your healing, hope, and joy. 2.  A PRAYER FOR MY CHURCH: God, I pray for strength and rest for all the parents, foster parents, grandparents, family

2001, 2019

Day 14: January 20th, 2019

Today’s Prayers: 1. A PRAYER FOR MY LIFE: Father, I pray for rest today. Physical, emotional, and spiritual rest. 2.  A PRAYER FOR MY CHURCH: Lord, I pray for all those volunteering at Summit church. Father, I ask that you would encourage them today and remind them of the difference they are making in peoples lives. I pray today you would rejuvenate your servants. 3.  A PRAYER FOR THE

1901, 2019

Day 13: January 19th, 2019

Today's Prayer: Pray through the examen prayer and spend time resting in it. Examen Prayer: Become aware of God’s presence and His love for you. Review the week with gratitude. While asking yourself the following questions, be attentive to what you’re feeling or to what you’re thinking: Where in your week did you experience consolation; joy, comfort, peace? Where in your week did you experience desolation; sadness, frustration, or

1801, 2019

Day 12: January 18th, 2019

Today’s Prayers: 1. A PRAYER FOR MY LIFE: Father, today I ask that you would put mentors in my life. Women and men who are wiser than me and willing to invest in my faith and life. Show me someone in my life I can pray for, invest in, and point to your wisdom. 2.  A PRAYER FOR MY CHURCH: God, I ask that you give our church the

1701, 2019

Day 11: January 17th, 2019

Today’s Prayers: 1. A PRAYER FOR MY LIFE: Father, today I pray for humility. I ask that you would give me the patience to not rush to judgement, and remind me that me that everyone I encounter is made in your image. 2.  A PRAYER FOR MY CHURCH: God, I pray your discernment over the Summit staff, elders, council and leaders. Please show them your will and guide their

1601, 2019

Day 10: January 16th, 2019

Today’s Prayers: 1. A PRAYER FOR MY LIFE: Father, I ask today that I would be reminded of your goodness. Please show me, through the people I encounter today and creation itself, how good you truly are. 2.  A PRAYER FOR MY CHURCH: Lord, today I praise you for your faithfulness to Summit. I ask that as a church, we would continue to pursue you relentlessly and walk in

1401, 2019

Day 8: January 14th, 2019

Today’s Prayers: 1. A PRAYER FOR MY LIFE: Father, help me to know the difference between following you and completely trusting you. Please show me areas of my life where I can trust you more. 2.  A PRAYER FOR MY CHURCH: Father, I pray for all the groups and classes that are kicking off in the next few weeks at Summit. Specifically I pray for Alpha, Be with Jesus,

1301, 2019

Day 7: January 13th, 2019

Today’s Prayers: 1. A PRAYER FOR MY LIFE: Father, I pray for rest today. Physical, emotional, and spiritual rest. 2.  A PRAYER FOR MY CHURCH: Lord, I pray for all those volunteering at Summit church. Father, I ask that you would encourage them today and remind them of the difference they are making in peoples lives. I pray today you would rejuvenate your servants. 3.  A PRAYER FOR THE

1201, 2019

Day 6: January 12th, 2019

Today’s Prayers: 1. A PRAYER FOR MY LIFE: Father, I pray that today I would be aware of your presence in everything I do. 2.  A PRAYER FOR MY CHURCH: Lord, I pray for relational connection for people within my church. I pray against loneliness and feelings of inadequacy and ask that you provide gospel centered community for all people. 3.  A PRAYER FOR THE KINGDOM: Lord, I pray for the

1101, 2019

Day 5: January 11th, 2019

Today’s Prayers: 1. A PRAYER FOR MY LIFE: Father I pray for wisdom today. Would you help my mind stay focused on you and your ways. 2.  A PRAYER FOR MY CHURCH: God, I pray for the next generations of Summit. That Summit Young Adults, Summit Students, and Summit kids would be filled with your wisdom, surrounded by Godly women and men, and led by people who continually point

1001, 2019

Day 4: January 10th, 2019

Today’s Prayers: 1. A PRAYER FOR MY LIFE: Father, I pray that today I would experience your peace as I remember your faithfulness to your people. 2.  A PRAYER FOR MY CHURCH: God, I pray for our elders generations; for the Boomers, and beyond. The people who lead us with their wisdom and experience. I ask that you would show them how valuable they are and how desperately the

901, 2019

Day 3: January 9th, 2019

Today’s Prayers: 1. A PRAYER FOR MY LIFE: Father, show me the injustice and oppression in my life and sphere of influence. I ask that you show me one specific person or situation where I can make a difference, and I ask for the courage and wisdom to step into that place. 2.  A PRAYER FOR MY CHURCH: Lord, I ask that you would use my church as a

801, 2019

Day 2: January 8th, 2019

Today’s Prayers: 1. A PRAYER FOR MY LIFE: Today God, I pray that you would fill me with the Holy Spirit. That my conversations, thoughts, and actions would be life-giving to the people and world around me today. 2.  A PRAYER FOR MY CHURCH: Lord, I pray for an outpouring of your Spirit in Summit. That your passion, mercy, hope, joy, and life would fill the lives of every

701, 2019

Day 1: January 7th, 2019

Today’s Prayers: 1. A PRAYER FOR MY LIFE: Father, I pray today I would hear your still, soft voice in my life. 2.  A PRAYER FOR MY CHURCH: Lord, I pray for the Pastors and ministry leaders at Summit Church. May you give them fresh vision and passion in 2019 for disciple-making and kingdom advancement. 3.  A PRAYER FOR THE KINGDOM: God, I pray for the leaders of our