So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with Him in prayer and fasting.
Daniel 9:3 (NLT)
In the hustle and bustle of everyday life it’s easy to let our prayer lives fall by the wayside. All too often prayer becomes a last resort instead of our first thought. Prayer isn’t just a last minute lifeline. God asks that we come to Him in both sorrow and joy, to depend on Him in all things and to celebrate our joys with Him like a close friend. Obedience through prayer is one of the greatest ways to honor and praise our God. We are called before anything else to pray first.
If you sense God has more for your life, 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting is a great place to start believing Him for all that He has for you. As you practice seeking Him first, He will move on your behalf like never before. You will start to see the power of prayer impact your relationships, work, family, and every area of your life.
21 DAYS OF PRAYER AND FASTING
SUNDAY, JANUARY 10, 2021 TO SATURDAY, JANUARY 30, 2021
WHY DO WE FAST?
Fasting is a spiritual practice that enables the body of Christ to grow in their relationship with God. The purpose of a fast is the set aside a specific span of time for restricting certain foods or practices as a physical commitment to seek God through deeper personal engagement and fervent prayer. When we combine fasting with prayer and meditation, we can experience a more focused time of closeness with our Lord and seek His wisdom and help.
FOUR TYPES OF FASTING
In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.
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.
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.
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.
TIMING OF A FAST
At Anchor, we encourage fasting for 21 days each year in the month of January. This is part of our 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting, a season of focused prayer as a church family. You may also choose to fast at other times during the year for your own spiritual development. It’s very typical to fast a single meal, a whole day, or three days or more. The timing of your fast is not as important as the strength of your focus on God as you fast.
- Matthew 6:16-18
- Matthew 9:14-15
- Luke 18:9-14
- Acts 27:33-37
- Nehemiah 9:1-3
21 Days of Prayer and Fasting is a time where we intentionally seek God every day in prayer as we believe for Him to move in powerful ways. If you are preparing for an upcoming season of 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting or you want to learn more about strengthening your personal prayer life, use these resources to help.
Be encouraged during our time of drawing closer to the Lord with daily devotions written by the Anchor staff and leaders. The devotions are available on our Anchor Church app which are available for download here
We’d love for you to join us for our daily online prayer meeting starting Sunday, Aug. 16 through Sunday, Sept. 5 with morning devotion and prayer from 7am-8am. Join us if you are in need of prayer or if you just want to listen in and pray in agreement with us as we seek God together personally and for our Anchor Church family.
Join Anchor Church Daily Prayer Meeting at 7am
Meeting ID: 893 1617 8041
SHARE YOUR RESULTS
We would love to hear what God has been doing in your life through the 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting.
LEARN ABOUT PRAYER AND FEASTING
Jesus said that the very reason He came was “to seek and save those who are lost.”
Luke 19:10 (NLT)
We were all lost until we met Jesus. We know that relationship with Him changes everything. He forgives our sins, mistakes and screw-ups, He fixes what we think is beyond repair, and He gives hope that things can and will get better.
We want everyone around us to experience this amazing life too! Jesus’ Great Commission for all of us in Matthew 28:18-20 was that we must go “into all the world” and get people connected to Him.
From August 12 to September 2, our whole church will be focusing 21 Days of Prayer and Feasting to get people connected to God.
1.) We will be praying every day for people in our lives who are lost to get connected to God, AND
2.) We will be praying for God to use us to make that connection as we share meals together.
The first Christian church in Acts 2 saw sharing meals together as a powerful way to make connections and share their faith. We will follow their example and intentionally be looking for opportunities to feast together and get people connected to Jesus. Join us as we practice sharing our faith at family dinners, coffee talks at Starbucks, backyard barbecues, luaus, lunch breaks, protein shakes at the gym, musubis at the beach or however you share meals and have good conversation.
We can’t wait to see how the Holy Spirit strengthens our faith and boldness in talking about Jesus, but, more importantly, we can’t wait to see how many people around us will be connecting to God and having their lives changed forever!
Join us for 21 Days of Prayer and Feasting!
21 DAYS OF PRAYER AND FEASTING
MORE INFORMATION TO COME
RESOURCES FOR PRAYER AND FEASTING
Join us for the next 21 days for prayer at our Po’okela campus Auditorium.
6:00AM to 7:00AM // Sunday thru Friday
8:00AM to 9:00AM // Saturday