14 Days of Prayer & Fasting

January 04, 2021 – January 17, 2021

 

14 Days of Prayer and Fasting is a time where we will intentionally press into seeking God every day in prayer as we believe for Him to move in powerful ways.

Our world is hurting. COVID, politics, masks, and injustice have been used by the enemy to disillusion us from the Truth of God and who He is. We are living in fear as the evil one is attacking with great intensity. The battle we face is not just what is seen, but what is unseen. After seeking the Lord in prayer and His Word, we believe this is a time for God’s people to fast and pray to seek divine intervention.

We, the mission partners of GSBC, will be fasting and praying for 14 days beginning on January 04, 2021. Below we have provided for you a daily prayer focus, and scripture reading for each day of the 14 day fast.  When we say fast, we mean to extract something from your life that would distract or keep you from pursuing God with your whole heart. Scroll down to read more about fasting and see examples.

 

 

WHY DO WE PRAY AND FAST?

Fasting is a tool used to refocus your heart and life back on what truly matters, Jesus. John Piper says it simply, “Fasting is a temporary renunciation of something that is in itself good, like food, in order to intensify our expression of need for something greater — namely, God and His work in our lives.”

 

WHAT SHOULD I FAST?

Although food is a very common item people choose to fast, it is not the only option. To name a few; Social media, television, computer, apps, and music. Martyn Lloyd-Jones said, “Fasting should really be made to include abstinence from anything which is legitimate in and of itself for the sake of some special spiritual purpose.”

 

 

WHAT SHOULD I PRAY FOR WHILE I AM FASTING?

There are many different ways you can choose to devote your time while you are praying and fasting. Praying for a deeper faith, personal situations, family, circumstances, a more rooted relationship with Christ, and more are all examples of what some people may pray about during their time of fasting. Additionally, you can pray for the ministries at GSBC and those that we support check out www.goodshepherdchurch.com  for all the ministries at GSBC and all Global Ministries.

 

 

TYPES OF FASTS

Your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your body, your options, and most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.
 

 COMPLETE FAST

In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.
 

SELECTIVE FAST

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.
 

 PARTIAL FAST

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.
 

STUFF FAST

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.
 

 DANIEL FAST

During the Daniel Fast you will not consume any sugar or sweeteners of any kind, nor will you have any caffeine or artificial chemicals. Many people experience a physical detox during the first few days of the fast, including headaches, fatigue, leg cramps and other typical symptoms. Here is a link to more information. Daniel Fast

 

 

 

DAILY PRAYER

Prayer not only changes us, but it invites God to work with power to change our circumstances and communities. The greatest movements of God are started and sustained through the united prayers of God’s people.

 

 

CREATING A LIFESTYLE OF PRAYER  

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed. Mark 1:35  

Prayer is most effective when it isn’t something, we do every now and then, but we cultivate when it’s a lifestyle. To understand how to have a prayer lifestyle, we can look at the example Jesus gave during His life on earth.   

  • Have a Certain Time – Jesus got up early in the morning to spend time with His Heavenly Father. Make a daily appointment with God — whether it’s first thing in the morning, at lunch, or in the evening—and faithfully keep it.   
  • Have a Certain Place – Jesus had a specific place where He went to pray. Having a designated place to pray helps us remove distractions and frees us to worship and pray out loud.   
  • Have a Certain Plan – When Jesus taught His disciples how to pray, He gave them a prayer outline. We call it “The Lord’s Prayer.” This outline, along with several other tools, is available in this guide. As we pray every day, our prayer time plans can vary, maybe including worship music, Bible reading, and quiet time to listen to God. It doesn’t always have to look the same; it just helps when we plan to connect regularly with God. 

 

 

PRAYER FOCUS

As we set aside time each day, we desire to be in one accord with each other as we come before God. We have a prayer focus outlined each day for the GSBC Family to come together. These focuses are intentional for us as a church to rally around and lift up in unity. We will be praying for our ministries, pastors, people groups, and leaders. This is the moment where the GSBC body can unite together in prayer.

 

Below is a list of daily topics to guide you, as you pray during the fast:

 

DAY 1: January 4th 2021 – To know God – Deepen relationship: Not just know about Him, but to know Him. Ephesians 1:17-23


DAY 2: January 5th 2021 – 
Purity – A pure heart – Coming clean and confessing any lingering sin. Clean hearts. Psalms 139

DAY 3: January 6th 2021 – Revelation – Gain wisdom of God, the Word of God would come alive and be real. Ephesians 3:16-21


DAY 4: January 7th 2021 – GSBC – Prayer for the entire ministry, community, leadership, purpose, mission, vision and what God is doing in this season through GSBC. Ephesians 6:10-24


DAY 5: January 8th 2021 – Family – On behalf of those in the family (sickness, hurt, don’t know God). James 5:13-20


DAY 6: January 9th 2021 – Love of God – That His Grace and unconditional love would not just be knowledge but we would experience and live it out. Philippians 2:12-18


DAY 7: January 10th 2021 – Relationships – Deepening, forgiveness, boldness, encouragement. Ephesians 4:22-32 


DAY 8: January 11th 2021 – Workplace – Openness, opportunities, salvation, healings to be an everyday lifestyle. Ephesians 6:5-9


DAY 9: January 12th 2021 – Power – Like in the Book of Acts. The Holy Spirit working through us every day! Acts 1:8


DAY 10: January 13th 2021 – Direction – On what to do in season, fulfilment of God’s destiny in your life. Ephesians 5:15-21


DAY 11: January 14th 2021 – Churches – We love the Church pray for Sustained growth, depth and commitment. Pray for the pastors and leaders. Hebrews 13:17-25


DAY 12: January 15th 2021 – World Crisis – Breaking the dark principalities in our World (persecution of Christians, covid-19, abortion, false religions, poverty, sex trafficking, justice). Matthew 6:1-14


DAY 13: January 16th 2021 – Open Heaven – Angels to be released, blessings to be granted, visions of God, divine strategy. Breakthrough! Acts 2


DAY 14: January 17st 2021 – City/State/USA – Move of God in every level of infrastructure in our nation. Revival in America! Psalms 85

 

CORPORATE PRAYER & WORSHIP EXPERIENCE

Along with fasting, prayer, and scripture reading we will also be providing three corporate prayer and worship experiences. We are gathering on January 5th, 7th, and 13th, for a time of worship and to pray for the ministry, purpose, mission, and vision of GSBC. Join us from 7-8pm at GSBC and/or on-line as we lift up the community, leadership, gatherings, and everything God has called the ministry of GSBC to do in this season. We feel it is important to have a corporate prayer and worship experience together. You can join us in person, however we recommend the elderly and those with underlying health issues to join us on-line, as the worship experience will be streamed live on our Facebook page (GSBCDE). We ask you to join us!