Dear Destiny Family,
As it is our practice here at Destiny Church twice a year have a corporate time of prayer.
These two corporate prayer time are held in January and August. We are excited to
enter into the upcoming year with 21 Days of Prayer, it’s with a steadfast determination
that we must walk in tune with the Spirit of God. We are looking forward to our gathering
times together as we set out heart to seek the Lord to do what only He can do.
We acknowledge that we must seek God first, trust in His power alone to bring lasting
transformation in our lives, our church and our world. So, with the measure of faith
giving to you let’s believe God for the impossible! I encourage you to set your heart in
alignment with God will for your life desiring to experience the full manifestation of God’s
blessings in your life.
Many small things can go unnoticed and cause us to get distracted in life. This happens
as well in our Christian walk. Small things in our spiritual journey can go unnoticed until
they derail our love relationship with God. The Bible states, “that the small foxes spoils
the vine.” The question for each of us is there anything thing we have allowed into our
lives that is spoiling our love relationship with God. I encourage you to “get the junk out
of your life” that is rig your life of anything that has taken from your intimate connection
Our hope is that you participate in the 21 Days of Prayer!
Pastors Cedric & Anna
21 Days Prayer Schedule
Sundays August 7, 14 & 21 5-6pm
Mondays August 8, 15 & 22 7-8pm
Monday - Friday August 8 - 26 * 6am-6pm
*sanctuary open for prayer.
Note: The church will be open and available for anyone wanting to come and pray Monday
through Friday from 6:00am - 5:50pm and as indicate on above schedule. Everyone is invited to
come out during these times there will time set aside for personal prayer.
21 Days of Prayer Focus
August 7-27, 2022
“LIVE BY FAITH”
I have been crucified with Christ [that is, in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no
longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body I live by faith [by
adhering to, relying on, and completely trusting] in the Son of God, who loved me and
gave Himself up for me. Galatians 2:20 Amplified Bible
Daily Prayer Thoughts
Praying for forgiveness for your sins and sins of the land.
Declare your dependence on God in every area of your life.
Pray for the completion of the Great Commission and revival in our generation.
Invite the Presence of God into our church and your life (soul saved, signs, wonders, miracles, and
Pray for people's journey of faith. (Know God, Find Freedom, Discover Purpose, and Make a Difference)
Believe God for answered prayers to your specific needs.
WEEK 1: FAITH THAT TRANSFORMS
Sunday: Church Service – Matthew 18:19-20
Monday: Faith for Salvation – Ephesians 2:8-9
Tuesday: Faith that is Built on Jesus – Colossians 1:23, 2:6-7; 1 Corinthians 3:11
Wednesday: Faith that is Sound in the Word – Titus 1:3, 2:1
Thursday: Faith that Believes and Does – James 2:21-22
Friday: Faith that is Tenacious – Matthew 15:21-28; Luke 18:1-6
Saturday: Faith for 2022 – Matthew 21:22; Hebrews 11:1
WEEK 2: FAITH FOR LIFE TODAY
Sunday: Church Service – Psalm 40:9-10
Monday: Faith for My Life – 2 Timothy 1:5; 2 Corinthians 13:5; Romans 1:8
Tuesday: Faith for My Relationships – Joshua 24:15
Wednesday: Faith for My Calling/Purpose – 1 Thessalonians 5:24
Thursday: Faith for My Healing – Galatians 5:1; 1 Peter 2:24
Friday: Faith for My Future – 1 Peter 1:3-9
Saturday: Faith for the Impossible – Mark 11:22-24
WEEK 3: FAITH FOR OUR WORLD
Sunday: Church Service – Psalm 84:4
Monday: Faith for Revival – 2 Chronicles 7:14
Tuesday: Faith for World Evangelism – Matthew 24:14; 2 Peter 3:9
Wednesday: Faith for the Church – Matthew 16:18
Thursday: Faith for a Generation – Psalm 127:3
Friday: Faith for Miracles – Matthew 8:5-10
Saturday: Faith for Local / National Leaders - 1 Timothy 2:1-2; Proverbs 28:2
Praying A Prayer for the Impossible
Text ~ Luke 11:1-13 (NLT)
This story tells us that God wants us to ask Him freely and boldly for whatever we need.
This is to illustrate to His’ followers the need to be persistent, patient and persevering
in our prayer life. This is best told I believe in The Gospel of Luke 11 that illustrate these
Jesus practiced persistent in His own prayer life and passed that on to His disciples. He
demonstrated this by spending all night in prayer, having times alone praying and time
He spend in the Garden of Gethsemane praying with great intensely.
Persistent praying never faints or grows weary. It is never discouraged. It never yields to
cowardice, but is lifted up and sustained by a hope that knows no despair and a faith
that will not let go. Persistent praying has patience to wait and strength to continue. It
never prepares itself to quit praying, and it refuses to get up from its knees until an
answer is received.” E. M. Bounds
Principles for Praying A Prayer for The Impossible
• You need to have the nerve to come God boldly.
• The first barrier isn’t God – it’s your own hesitance to come boldly and ask freely.
Jesus’ tells us to “Ask…Seek…Knock” contain a combination which is intended to
unlock the shackles of hopelessness.
Here are 4 truths from this parable:
1.You have a friend in your Heavenly Father.
2.God is available anytime and in all circumstances you face.
3. Boldness to bring your requests to God is your privilege.
4. The superior contrast between earthly fathers and Heavenly Father ability to meet the
needs of their children.
Praying and Receiving …What’s Rightfully Yours
Text ~ 2 Kings 8:1-6 (NKJV)
Then Elisha spoke to the woman whose son he had restored to life, saying, “Arise and
go, you and your household, and stay wherever you can; for the LORD has called for a
famine, and furthermore, it will come upon the land for seven years.” 2 So the woman
arose and did according to the saying of the man of God, and she went with her
household and dwelt in the land of the Philistines seven years.
3 It came to pass, at the end of seven years, that the woman returned from the land of
the Philistines; and she went to make an appeal to the king for her house and for
her land. 4 Then the king talked with Gehazi, the servant of the man of God, saying, “Tell
me, please, all the great things Elisha has done.” 5 Now it happened, as he was telling
the king how he had restored the dead to life, that there was the woman whose son he
had restored to life, appealing to the king for her house and for her land. And
Gehazi said, “My lord, O king, this is the woman, and this is her son whom Elisha
restored to life.” 6 And when the king asked the woman, she told him.
So the king appointed a certain officer for her, saying, “Restore all that was hers, and
all the proceeds of the field from the day that she left the land until now.”
Meaning of restoration:The biblical meaning of the word "restoration" is to receive
back more than has been lost to the point where the final state is greater than the
Joel 2:25 So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The
crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust, My great army which I
sent among you.
The common dictionary meaning of "restoration" is to return something back to its
original condition. However the biblical definition of the word has greater connotations
that go above and beyond that.
James 1:5-7 (ESV)
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, LET HIM ASK GOD, who gives generously to all without
reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But LET HIM ASK IN FAITH, with no doubting, for
the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For
that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord.
James begins this passage talking about receiving wisdom, but he ends the passage
talking about receiving anything. Well, healing, or anything else the Word promises, is
certainly included in “anything,” because “anything” includes all things!
Matthew 21:22 (ESV)
22 And whatever you ASK IN PRAYER, you WILL RECEIVE, if YOU HAVE FAITH.
Mark 9:23 (ESV)
23 And Jesus said to him, “‘IF YOU CAN’! All things ARE POSSIBLE for ONE WHO
Mark 11:23-24 (NLT)
23 I tell you the truth, YOU CAN SAY to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown
into the sea,’ and IT WILL HAPPEN. But YOU MUST REALLY BELIEVE IT will happen
and have NO DOUBT IN YOUR HEART. 24 I tell you, YOU CAN PRAY FOR
ANYTHING, and IF you BELIEVE that you’ve RECEIVED it, it will be yours.
When the Bible talks about believing with our heart, it’s talking about believing with the
inward man, or our spirit.
Faith is of the heart, the spirit, of man. In other words, you believe on the inside. And
what you believe on the inside is manifested on the outside.
The believer has the legal right to request back…something lost.
Personal Devotional Mediation Thoughts
Spiritual renewal, transformation, repentance and humbleness
Scripture Reference: Psalms 51:1; Matthew 3:1-12; Isaiah 58:5; Psalms 35:13
Divine revelation, directions, protection from the Lord for family, church and community
Scripture Reference: Ezra 8:21-23; Jonah 3:5-10
Spiritual and physical breakthroughs, financial breakthrough, debt reduction
Scripture Reference: Isaiah 58:6, 8-9; Luke 4:18-19
Releasing of spiritual and physical blessing; harvest of 100 souls
Scripture Reference: 1 Samuel 1:7; 2 Chronicles 7:12-14; 1 Chronicles 4:9-10; Matthew
9:35-38; Acts 8:4-8; Matthew 10:1-9
Presence of the Holy Spirit; revival for community; Jesus in our midst; miracles of healings,
deliverance & transformation
Scripture Reference: Matthew 4:1-17; Luke 4:1-14; Luke 4:17-19; 2 Chronicles 20:3-11;
I believe that God is calling us to experience in 2020 the kind of year that is only possible
through prayer. We have the weapon of prayer that can be used to impact our world. We will see
transformation happen through the power of prayer.
We ask that you covenant with the family of Destiny Church, by taking part in the 21 Days of
Prayer from January 3 - January 23, 2020. Experience the power of transforming prayer as we
call upon the Name of Lord Jesus.
Jeremiah 33:3; 2 Chronicles 7:14; Ezra 8:21-23; Acts 4:31
I ____________________________________________________________ covenant to:
· Be involved in commit to 21 Days of Prayer to see and experience transformation in my
family, church and community.
· Allow myself to decrease so that Jesus can increase in my life.
· Pray to see the plans and purposes of God manifested in my family, church and
· Make choices to become the kind of praying person that God is calling me to be.
· Deal with the things that have hindered growth in my life through prayer and fasting (this
is as God personally lead you).
· Make prayer my priority as a discipline in my life and in my response to life’s
opportunities, uncertainties, and challenges.
· Devote_______ minutes a day to personal prayer.
· Establish an accountability relationship with someone who will regularly ask me about
these commitments and my prayer life.
· Prayerfully cultivate and maintain an expectation for God to do, in my own life and in
Destiny Church, things that have never been done before.
· Grow in my understanding of how God works through prayer.
· Allow God to use me in my world and maintain a priority for prayer in my life.
· Understand that prayer is a key part of our spiritual journey to draw closer to Jesus.
__________________________________________________ (Your Signature and Date)
Fasting Tips for Children or Ideas
Since our children are in school and not accustomed to fasting, you need to seek God
for the type of fast for your child. Children need proper nourishment for learning, growth
and development. A full fast is not suggested for young children. Below is a list of
fasting tips for children:
God will bless you mightily if we teach our children to seek Him.
You should also set aside mystery books like Harry Potter replace them with the
Chronicles of Narnia.
Set aside or replace regular video games with Christian video games.
Avoid movie theaters. Instead, spend time with your family and the Lord. The purpose is
to focus on God and avoid distractions.
For younger children still watching TV substitute their regular shows with Christian
based cartoons or shows.
Give up Fast foods or set limits (once a week or as a reward for Bible memory verses)
Encourage eating more veggies and fruit instead off fatty, sugary snacks.
Cut out Soft Drinks, sugary juices and substitute with 100% fruit juice.
Cut sugary snack foods (No candy, cookies, cakes.)
Limit the time spent on the electronic devices.
You can also fast from or limit your time spent on playing your favorite sport or activity.
Substitute or set aside any trading card games such as with replace them with Christian
Instead of listening to your hip hop station substitute with Christian music or radio
Fast for Children
No Candy Fast
No Video Games
Christian Entertainment fast –substituting all children secular activities with Christ-based
activities (this can be done along with the Family’s Daniel’s Fast).
7 Basic Steps to Successful Fasting & Prayer
By Bill Bright New Life Publications
How to Begin Your Fast
How you begin and conduct your fast will largely determine your success. By following these
seven basic steps to fasting, you will make your time with the Lord more meaningful and
STEP 1: Set Your Objective
Why are you fasting? Is it for spiritual renewal, for guidance, for healing, for the resolution of
problems, for special grace to handle a difficult situation? Ask the Holy Spirit to clarify His
leading and objectives for your prayer fast. This will enable you to pray more specifically and
Through fasting and prayer we humble ourselves before God so the Holy Spirit will stir our
souls, awaken our churches, and heal our land according to 2 Chronicles 7:14. Make this a
priority in your fasting.
STEP 2: Make Your Commitment
Pray about the kind of fast you should undertake. Jesus implied that all of His followers should
fast ( Matthew 6:16-18 ; 9:14,15 ) For Him it was a matter of when believers would fast, not if they
would do it. Before you fast, decide the following up front:
· How long you will fast - one meal, one day, a week, several weeks, forty days
(Beginners should start slowly, building up to longer fasts.)
· The type of fast God wants you to undertake (such as water only, or water and juices;
what kinds of juices you will drink and how often)
· What physical or social activities you will restrict how much time each day you will
devote to prayer and God’s Word (Making these commitments ahead of time will help
you sustain your fast when physical temptations and life’s pressure tempt you to
STEP 3: Prepare Yourself Spiritually
The very foundation of fasting and prayer is repentance. Un-confessed sin will hinder your
prayers. Here are several things you can do to prepare your heart:
· Ask God to help you make a comprehensive list of your sins.
· Confess every sin that the Holy Spirit calls to your remembrance and accept God's
forgiveness ( 1 John 1:9 ).
· Seek forgiveness from all whom you have offended, and forgive all who have hurt you
( Mark 11:25 ; Luke 11:4 ; 17:3,4 ).
· Make restitution as the Holy Spirit leads you.
· Ask God to fill you with His Holy Spirit according to His command in Ephesians
5:18 and His promise in 1 John 5:14,15 .
· Surrender your life fully to Jesus Christ as your Lord and Master; refuse to obey your
worldly nature ( Romans 12:1,2 ).
· Meditate on the attributes of God, His love, sovereignty, power, wisdom, faithfulness,
grace, compassion, and others ( Psalm 48:9,10 ; 103:1-8 , 11-13 ).
· Begin your time of fasting and prayer with an expectant heart ( Hebrews 11:6 ).
· Do not underestimate spiritual opposition. Satan sometimes intensifies the natural
battle between body and spirit ( Galatians 5:16,17 ).
STEP 4: Prepare Yourself Physically
Fasting requires reasonable precautions. Consult your physician first, especially if you take
prescription medication or have a chronic ailment. Some persons should never fast without
Physical preparation makes the drastic change in your eating routine a little easier so that you can
turn your full attention to the Lord in prayer.
· Do not rush into your fast.
· Prepare your body. Eat smaller meals before starting a fast. Avoid high-fat and sugary
· Eat raw fruit and vegetables for two days before starting a fast.
While You Fast
Your time of fasting and prayer has come. You are abstaining from all solid foods and
have begun to seek the Lord. Here are some helpful suggestions to consider:
· Avoid drugs, even natural herbal drugs and homeopathic remedies. Medication should
be withdrawn only with your physician's supervision.
· Limit your activity.
· Exercise only moderately. Walk one to three miles each day if convenient and
· Rest as much as your schedule will permit.
· Prepare yourself for temporary mental discomforts, such as impatience, crankiness,
· Expect some physical discomforts, especially on the second day. You may have
fleeting hunger pains, dizziness, or the "blahs." Withdrawal from caffeine and sugar
may cause headaches. Physical annoyances may also include weakness, tiredness, or
The first two or three days are usually the hardest. As you continue to fast, you will likely
experience a sense of well-being both physically and spiritually. However, should you feel
hunger pains, increase your liquid intake.
STEP 5: Put Yourself on a Schedule
For maximum spiritual benefit, set aside ample time to be alone with the Lord. Listen for His
leading. The more time you spend with Him, the more meaningful your fast will be.
· Begin your day in praise and worship.
· Read and meditate on God's Word, preferably on your knees.
· Invite the Holy Spirit to work in you to will and to do His good pleasure according to
Philippians 2:13 .
· Invite God to use you. Ask Him to show you how to influence your world, your family,
your church, your community, your country, and beyond.
· Pray for His vision for your life and empowerment to do His will.
· Return to prayer and God's Word.
· Take a short prayer walk.
· Spend time in intercessory prayer for your community's and nation's leaders, for the
world's un-reached millions, for your family or special needs.
· Get alone for an unhurried time of "seeking His face."
· If others are fasting with you, meet together for prayer.
· Avoid television or any other distraction that may dampen your spiritual focus.
When possible, begin and end each day on your knees with your spouse for a brief time of praise
and thanksgiving to God. Longer periods of time with our Lord in prayer and study of His Word
are often better spent alone.
A dietary routine is vital as well. Dr. Julio C. Ruibal - a nutritionist, pastor, and specialist in
fasting and prayer - suggests a daily schedule and list of juices you may find useful and
satisfying. Modify this schedule and the drinks you take to suit your circumstances and tastes.
5 a.m. - 8 a.m.
Fruit juices, preferably freshly squeezed or blended and diluted in 50 percent distilled water if
the fruit is acid. Apple, pear, grapefruit, papaya, watermelon, or other fruit juices are generally
preferred. If you cannot do your own juicing, buy juices without sugar or additives.
10:30 a.m. - noon
Fresh vegetable juice made from lettuce, celery, and carrots in three equal parts.
2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Herb tea with a drop of honey. Avoid black tea or any tea with caffeine.
6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Broth made from boiling potatoes, celery, and carrots with no salt. After boiling about half an
hour, pour the water into a container and drink it.
Tips on Juice Fasting
· Drinking fruit juice will decrease your hunger pains and give you some natural sugar
energy. The taste and lift will motivate and strengthen you to continue.
· The best juices are made from fresh watermelon, lemons, grapes, apples, cabbage,
beets, carrots, celery, or leafy green vegetables. In cold weather, you may enjoy a
warm vegetable broth.
· Mix acidic juices (orange and tomato) with water for your stomach's sake.
· Avoid caffeinated drinks. And avoid chewing gum or mints, even if your breath is bad.
They stimulate digestive action in your stomach.
Breaking Your Fast
When your designated time for fasting is finished, you will begin to eat again. But how you
break your fast is extremely important for your physical and spiritual well-being.
STEP 6: End Your Fast Gradually
Begin eating gradually. Do not eat solid foods immediately after your fast. Suddenly
reintroducing solid food to your stomach and digestive tract will likely have negative, even
Try several smaller meals or snacks each day. If you end your fast gradually, the beneficial
physical and spiritual effects will result in continued good health.
Here are some suggestions to help you end your fast properly:
· Break an extended water fast with fruit such as watermelon.
· While continuing to drink fruit or vegetable juices, add the following:
First day: Add a raw salad.
Second day: Add baked or boiled potato, no butter or seasoning.
Third day: Add a steamed vegetable.
Thereafter: Begin to reintroduce your normal diet.
· Gradually return to regular eating with several small snacks during the first few days.
Start with a little soup and fresh fruit such as watermelon and cantaloupe. Advance to
a few tablespoons of solid foods such as raw fruits and vegetables or a raw salad and
STEP 7: Expect Results
If you sincerely humble yourself before the Lord, repent, pray, and seek God's face; if you
consistently meditate on His Word, you will experience a heightened awareness of His presence
( John 14:21 ). The Lord will give you fresh, new spiritual insights. Your confidence and faith in
God will be strengthened. You will feel mentally, spiritually, and physically refreshed. You will
see answers to your prayers.
A single fast, however, is not a spiritual cure-all. Just as we need fresh infillings of the Holy
Spirit daily, we also need new times of fasting before God. A 24-hour fast each week has been
greatly rewarding too many Christians.
It takes time to build your spiritual fasting muscles. If you fail to make it through your first fast,
do not be discouraged. You may have tried to fast too long the first time out, or your may need to
strengthen your understanding and resolve. As soon as possible, undertake another fast until you
do succeed. God will honor you for your faithfulness.
I encourage you to join me in fasting and prayer again and again until we truly experience
revival in our homes, our churches, our beloved nation, and throughout the world.
The Purpose of Fasting
Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will
be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks,
the door will be opened. (NIV)
To seek means to crave, and strongly desire something from someone. This is what God desires
for us to do with Him. God wants people who will seek after Him (Luke 12:31). Fasting helps us
to seek God.
Our body (flesh) is our greatest hindrance to seeking God. Our flesh is very demanding. It craves
for food and attention all the time. This can hinder us from focusing on God.
Fasting helps us to bring our bodies under control and focus on God. If you desire to hear God
speak to you, or you have a particular prayer request that you strongly desire God to answer then
fasting is a good way to approach it.
Ezra is a good example of a person who sought God’s face with prayer and fasting. He called a
fast when he needed to get something from God.
Ezra 8:21-23 “There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble
ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our
possessions. I was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers and horseman to protect us from enemies
on the road, because we had told the king, “The gracious hand of our God is on everyone who
looks to him, but his great anger is against all who forsake him.” So we fasted and petitioned our
God about this and he answered our prayer.” (NIV)
When we get close to God the devil flees (James 4:7-8). Since fasting helps us to draw close to
God it means we can break the oppression of Satan, sin and sickness over our lives as we pray
Isaiah 58:6 “[is] this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo
the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke?” (NKJV)
The type of fast you choose is between you and God, depending on our physical ability. He will
honor your best. You may want to include a combination of fasts.
Full Fast-Drink only liquids. Consult your doctor.
Daniel Fast-Eat no meat, sweets, or bread. Eat fruits and veggies. Drink only 100% fruit juice
Partial Fast-Fast from sun up to sum down. This can be any type.
Fast of Sacrifice-Giving up anything that will be a sacrifice for you personally (TV, Internet,
Games, Hobbies, Etc.)
1. Daniel’s Fast
Abstaining from customary and choice nourishment for a fixed period of time.
Daniel 10:2-3 “at that time, I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. I ate no choice food; no meat or
wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.” (NIV)
You could have what is commonly called a Daniel’s Fast. This means deciding not to eat certain
customary foods such as bread, meat etc. The advantage of this type of fast is that it is not so
difficult on the body. It is a good way to introduce yourself to fasting.
A Daniel’s fast can also be sustained for much longer than a total fast since you will still be
eating certain foods.
Abstaining from certain customary foods will also help you to focus your attention on God.
GUIDELINES FOR DANIEL FAST
(Foods We May Eat)
Whole Grains: Brown Rice, Oats, Barley
Legumes: Dried Beans, Pinto Beans, Split Peas, Lentils, Black Eyed Peas
Fruits: Apples, Apricots, Bananas, Blackberries, Blueberries, Boysenberries,
Cantaloupe, Cherries, Cranberries, Oats, Figs, Grapefruit, Grapes, Guava, Honeydew
Melon, Kiwi, Lemons, Limes, Mangoes, Nectarines, Papayas, Peaches, Pears,
Pineapples, Plums, Prunes, Raisins, Raspberries, Strawberries, Tangelos, Tangerines,
Vegetables: Artichokes, Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage,
Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chili Peppers, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic,
Gingerroot, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Mustard Greens, Okra, Onions, Parsley,
Potatoes, Radishes, Rutabagas, Scallions, Spinach, Sprouts, Squashes, Sweet
Potatoes, Tomatoes, Turnips, Watercress, Yams, Zucchini
Seeds, Nuts, Sprouts
Liquids: Spring Water, Distilled Water, 100% All-Natural Fruit Juices, 100% All Natural
(Foods to Avoid)
Foods Containing Preservatives or Additives
White Flour and All Products Using It
Margarine, Shortening, High Fat Products
2. Total Fast
Abstaining entirely from food for a fixed period of time.
Abstaining entirely from food for a fixed period of time is an effective way of fasting. If
you have never done this before then you should start gradually. You could start by
missing your morning meal.
After doing this several times you could progress on to missing your food for the whole
day. It is a healthy habit to drink water while you fast. Since this helps keep your body
working properly. Remember that the point of fasting is to keep your focus on God.
After a while you should be able to fast for two or three days in a row. You could either break the
fast every evening or fast right through.
You have to be very determined when going on a total fast for the first time. Initially your
stomach will protest vehemently. Ignore it. You will not die.
3. Living a fasted life
Philippians 4:5-6 “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious
about anything, but in everything, by prayer, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
The Bible encourages us to pray and petition (or seek) God continuously. To do this we will need
to love a fasted life. This means abstaining permanently from things which hinder our walk with
God (Hebrews 12:1). Hindrances are not necessary sin. They could be normal activities of life
which tend to take our focus away from God. We all need to look at our lives and ask the Holy
Spirit to show us those things which hinder our walk with Him. We should then fast these things.
Is fasting necessary?
Matthew 6:6-17 “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their
faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.
But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face,” (NIV)
Notice that Jesus said “when you fast” and not “if you fast”. Fasting is necessary if we are to get
closer to God. If we are to hold on to the power of God and do His work; casting out demons etc.
we will need to put time aside to pray and fast.
Mark 9:27-29 “But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when He
had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” So
He said to them. “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” (NKJV)
It is only by seeking God’s face that we will receive the anointing and power to do His work. In
the Acts of the Apostles we see the Apostles pray and fast as they went about God’s work.
Acts 14:23 “So when they have appointed elders in every church, and prayed with fasting, they
commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.” (NKJV)
It is during times of fasting and seeking God that the Holy Spirit can speak to us and guide us.
Not that He cannot speak to us at other time, rather it is because fasting helps us to be more sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit.