Prayer + Fasting
Start 2020 with a renewed sense of purpose.
As we begin a new year together, we remind ourselves that prayer is not our last resort, it's our first response.
Prayer should be a priority in our lives. Whether we're celebrating, mourning, seeking, or simply saying 'thank you,' our first instinct should always be to go to God in prayer.
This 21-day period of fasting and prayer designed to prioritize our relationship with God and focus our attention on what matters most. How you start the year matters. We want to encourage and empower you to start 2020 seeking God's wisdom, strength, and direction for your life.
Whether you can't imagine your life without prayer or you can't imagine where to begin, the power of prayer isn't determined by the presentation. It's not the strength of our faith, it's the object of our faith that changes things.
The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out. It also enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all the good things God desires to bring into our lives. Remember, 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.
A few Verses on Fasting
Matthew 6:18 - That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
New King James Version (NKJV)
Types of Fast
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.
During our time of prayer and fasting we'll be using "Praying the King's Agenda" as primary guide.
Just as Jesus communicated with his Father in Heaven through prayer, so can you. And as prayer becomes a larger part of your life:
- You will become less focused on yourself, and more
focused on Jesus.
- Your temptations and fear will give way to dependence on
God and confidence in him.
- You will begin to discern God’s will and calling in your life.
- It will be your weapon when you are drawn into spiritual battles.
Your power to be used by him to effect change in this world begins with prayer. Beyond yourself, when you pray, you build and strengthen bonds with other believers. Together, we will pray for God’s leading in our personal lives, at City of Hope International Church and across San Diego.
Join us in
Prayer gathering Wednesday at 7pm.
Jan. 8th /// Jan. 15th /// Jan. 22nd
Fasting is a personal decision that should be made at the discretion of the individual. If you have health concerns, or are under the care of a physician we encourage you to consult with your medical professional prior to committing to fast.
As a church, we value the power of PRAYER. If there is anything we can pray for you about, you don’t have to wait until a service. You can contact us anytime by clicking the link below. Thank you for the opportunity to stand in agreement with you to see God in your situation.
Also, we love hearing how God is working in your life. If you have a praise report, we want to hear from you. Take a moment and share your answered prayer with us!