The Year of Unprecedented Faith
21 Days of Prayer and FastingJan. 8 - Jan. 28
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From the Pastor’s Pen.
It is that time of year again when we give our first fruit sacrifice to the Lord through fasting. The next 21 days will be a time for decreeing, meditating, and praying as one for a local, global, International and personal release.
For those of you who are new to fasting, fasting is one of the most practiced and effective of all the spiritual disciplines. It is a time to seek God’s direction for our lives, to renew our commitment to Him and to empty ourselves of sinful practices that limit our growth, development and effectiveness in life and ministry.
We ask that you daily confess the word of God over your life. Consider areas in your life that cause you concern, worry or stress. Lift these needs to the Lord during your fast. I invite you to use this pamphlet as a tool to guide you through this process. I am certain that this time of spiritual preparation will send tremendous ripples of faith and joy throughout your soul.
God bless you and I hope the very best for you as you set aside this time to give the first of yourself to the Almighty God. Remember, He rewards those who diligently seek Him. So keep your mind on Christ and your focus on righteousness.
In His Grip,
Get Ready with Expectancy during the Fast!
Preparing for the Fast is important. Of course, you will want to get all the menus planned, the recipes gathered, and the food purchased. Let us focus on preparing spiritually for the Fast. God’s Word actually has some very important teachings about fasting and how to make it one that is pleasing to the Lord.
Isaiah 58; is one of the chapters in the Bible you will want to read as you plan your fast. Here the Lord addresses the very important issue of priorities in fasting. He responds to the religious people who fast and then ask of the Lord, “Why have we fasted and you have not seen? Why have we afflicted our souls, and you take no notice?”
The Lord admonishes the people because He could see the motive of their fast. They were not fasting for Him... but instead for themselves or to impress others who might see them. The people may have been fasting by not eating food – but they were leaving God and His desires for their lives out of it. He said, “Behold, on the day you fast, you seek your own pleasures,” In other words, they were centering the fast on themselves! Theirs was a self-centered fast, rather than a God-centered fast.
So He asks the people, “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? Is it to not share your bread with the hungry and that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; when you see the naked, that you cover him, and not hide yourself from our own flesh?
Isaiah 58:6, 7 Now was God saying that we are not to fast, but rather address our attention to the poor and oppressed? No! Instead, He was admonishing these people because while they were focusing all their attention on the religious act of fasting, they were missing the heart of God. Their lives were not pleasing to Him and so there was no way, He could “notice” their fast.
The Lord goes on to tell the people what He will do for them if they align their hearts to His heart, “Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
“If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend time on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun- scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.”
Can I take medications during the Fast?
If you have health issues, you should always talk with your health professional before starting the Fast or any other major change in your diet. Fasting should never bring harm to the body, so medications should be continued.
CONSTANTS FOR EACH WEEK:
Pray at least twice/quiet times daily (with family); pray for specific requests.
Each week study/meditation
Week 1: No food until 6pm then approved foods.
Week 2: No food until 6pm then approved foods.
Week 3: One meal of approved foods.
Foods to Consider
Whole Grains: Brown Rice, Barley, Whole Wheat Pasta
Legumes: Dried Beans, Pinto Beans, Split Peas, Lentils, Black Eyed
Fruits: Apples, Apricots, Bananas, Blackberries, Blueberries,
Boysenberries, Cantaloupe, Cherries, Cranberries, 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, Eggplants, 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, veggie burgers are an option if you are not allergic to soy.
Liquids: Spring Water distilled Water, 100% All Natural Fruit Juices, 100% All Natural Vegetable juices. You may also drink protein drinks.
Others: Seeds, Nuts (unsalted), Sprouts
Meats: Chicken, Fish or Beef (Non-Fried)
Foods to Avoid
Caffeine (coffee/certain teas)
Carbonated Beverages (sodas)
Foods Containing Preservatives or Additives
Refined sugar (candies, sweets included)
Pasta (spaghetti, Macaroni, noodles, etc.)
Sugar Substitutes (Splenda, Equal, etc.)
White Flour and all products containing it (white bread)
Margarine, Shortening, high Fat Products (no butter)
Many people experience a physical detox during the first few days of the fast including headaches, fatigue, leg cramps and other typical symptoms. You can reduce these effects by drinking at least 1⁄2 gallon of filtered water each day before, during and after the fasting period.
If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult a physician or other healthcare professional before beginning this fast.
City of Hope International Church is not responsible or liable for any claims from the promotion of this fast.
PRAYER FOCUS1 Week - 3 Week
Week 1 – The God of Our Character
Our character is evidence of our transformed heart and soul. God does not leave character development up to us alone, but through the work of the Holy Spirit, He shares in the process of transforming our hearts and minds into the image of Jesus Christ. He is, the God of our Character. (Ezekiel 36:26-27; Ephesians 4:22-24; I John 2:27)
Week 1 Prayer Focus Scriptures
Matthew 3:8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.
Proverbs 28:13 It will not go well for the man who hides his sins, but he who confesses them to the Lord, his sins and turns from them will be given loving-pity.
Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.
John 13:14-16 So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example so that you should do as I have done for you. Truly, truly, I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.
Psalm 51:10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Psalm 14:13 Set a watch, O LORD before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.
Mark 12:30-31 You must love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. This is the first Law. The second Law is this: “You must love your neighbor as yourself. No other Law is greater than these.”
Week 2 – The God of our World
The chaotic and despotic manner of our world lends itself to the work of the god of this world. All manners of evil, lukewarmness, and indifference toward sin and righteousness seem to rule the day. However, it is not a loss and this world has not been left in the hands of evil and evil men. Instead, working in it, good arises, overcomers emerge and the light has opportunity to shine its brightest because of the darkness. When the world and its systems prove a failure, the Kingdom of God will forever remain, amen. Fear not, for He is the God of our world. (Matthew 5:45; Romans 6:23; Luke 12:33)
Week 2 Prayer Focus Scriptures
1. Colossians 1:17 He is before all things and in him all things hold together.
2. Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.
3. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and hope.
4. Psalm 22:28 For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations.
5. John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
6. Proverbs 21:1 The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it whenever he will.
7. Psalms 56:3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
Week 3 – The God of our Desire
It is fitting to say that God will answer every prayer that is in agreement with what He wants to perform in our individual and collective lives. Those are the actions and things we should set our hearts and minds to deeply long for. May your prayers and desires extend beyond your ability to grasp them. For inside our hearts reveal Gods plan for us to impact the world, for He is the God of our Desires. (Ecclesiastes 3:11; Matthew 7:7; John 16:24; Matthew 7:8)
Week 3 Focus Questions
What are you passionate about? Prison reform, youth athletics, senior care, women’s causes, etc.?
Who are you believing God to save in 2018?
What are you expecting God to deliver you from in 2018?
What area of your life do you expect God to heal?
What doors do you believe God will open for you in 2018?
What desire do you want God to remove from you?
How do you desire to serve the Kingdom of God in 2018?
If You Are Unsure What to Pray For:Talk to the Hand!
LEFT: WHO to pray for:
Thumb: My Heart
Index: Priorities & Schedule
Tallest: My Influence & Example
Small: Material Blessings
RIGHT: WHAT to pray:
Thumb: Family & Friends
Index: Teachers & Leaders
Ring: The Sick, Poor, Young & Elderly