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21 days of prayer & fasting

As New Life Church we begin each year in January with 21 Days of Prayer. Jesus is always faithful to meet with us as we journey for 21 days together, praying the prayer themes that we have provided as a devotional. It’s exciting to know that we can experience the power of praying in agreement as a church as per Matthew 18:19. This is a new year and a time to plug into the Holy Spirit as He leads us into 2021.

We don’t expect that every single one of you will join us in fasting as well, but everyone can join us by tracking with us through the 21 day devotional and prayer guide. So, if you can’t fast, you can enjoy praying (with equal impact), as we trust God together for His grace and presence in 2021.

Let us pray together with an expectation for God to move with divine direction, break-throughs and comfort and that in 2021 He will move powerfully nationally, corporately and individually.

James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” 

He has amazing things in store for you, and we are encouraged and excited about this New Year.
God bless you and your families in 2021!

Types of fasts & what they require

1. Daniel Fast: No meat, sweet foods, or strong drinks (see Daniel 10:2-3). This can be done for an extended period of time. This could also be considered a vegetarian diet because there is no meat or animal products eaten.
2. Partial Fast: This would be not eating one main meal you would usually eat on a daily routine, such as breakfast, or lunch, or dinner. This meal would be skipped until the fast was over. You can also fast sugar, TV or anything else the Holy Spirit reveals to you.
3. Half-Day: Fast until 3 PM (ninth hour). This is the fast John Wesley participated in. (see Acts 10:30-31)
4. Complete Fast: This would require you to abstain from all solid foods, liquids only. When Jesus fasted in the desert, the Bible says, “After fasting forty days and forty nights, He was hungry.” This verse does not mention Jesus being thirsty. (see Luke 4:1-2)

N.B If you have any medical conditions that could make fasting dangerous, please do not fast until you have cleared fasting with your medical practitioner.

Why Pray?

Prayer is our greatest weapon. Not only does it draw us closer to God, it unleashes his power into our world. Through prayer we learn the heart of the Father in all the matters of our world and through spending time in His presence we begin to be conformed more and more into His image. Through discipline, prayer changes from being a duty to a delight. Simply said, the more you pray the more you want to pray, and the greater it’s impact. Our Heavenly Father desires our love, attention, fellowship, and our worship and each of these begins in an attitude of prayer. Through prayer we actualize our three most powerful weapons: The word of God and the Name and Blood of Jesus. Therefore, prayer is both relational and strategic.

When Jesus was asked by the disciples to teach them how to pray He taught them what we now call, “The Lord’s Prayer.” In that prayer Jesus acknowledges the sovereignty of God then prays that God’s will and kingdom would come to earth as it is in heaven. Through prayer we literally bring God’s desires and kingdom from the heavenly realm into our earthly realm. Let’s dedicate the next 21 days of prayer and fasting to trust him for His divine will for us for the year ahead.

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