21 Days of Fasting and Prayer
Join us for 21 Days of Fasting & Prayer from January 10 - 31 as we prepare ourselves for what God wants to do in 2021.
Saturday, January 16
Prayer for the Poor and Oppressed
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:18-19
Lord, I thank you that Your Kingdom is good news for the poor and oppressed, in both spiritual and tangible ways. I pray that I would live out this good news and find ways to care for the poor and free the oppressed in my community, city, nation, and world.
For those who are suffering, I pray for recovery and freedom, and that we as your people would participate in the work of justice, living out your love through action.
Friday, January 15
Prayer for our City & Local Partnerships
"Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” Jeremiah 29:7
Lord, I pray that I would be a good neighbor in the city of San Francisco and the broader Bay Area. Help me to live humbly in this city, with a posture of listening and learning as I seek shalom for the people of this city and for my neighbors.
Help Epic find a permanent location as we seek to make a long-term impact in San Francisco. I pray for Epic's partnerships with local organizations and churches; that through these partnerships we would learn from and serve our neighbors and our city well.
Thursday, January 14
Revival in Me
What happens to us when we let the cares of this world consume our thoughts? What happens when we put ourselves first and do all we can to control the day? Isaiah said it. Jesus repeated it and added to it. Paul referenced it. Let’s give it our attention. (Isaiah 6:10; Matthew 13:15-17; Acts 28:27) Hearts became hard.
The people couldn’t hear God’s voice. They couldn’t see God at work around them. They couldn’t understand His ways. Let this not be us, Epic Family. Look what Jesus added: “But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, but they didn’t see it. And they longed to hear what you hear, but they didn’t hear it.” God can. He wants to bless us so we see, hear, and understand His will and His ways.
In an honest and simple prayer, tell God you want Him to open your eyes, open your ears, and give you a heart of understanding. Make this a daily prayer.
Wednesday, January 13
Can you imagine a life where you have ongoing conversations with your Heavenly Father, the King of kings, the Creator of heaven and earth, the Miracle Worker and Promise Keeper?
You wake and thank Him for today’s breath in your lungs. You read the Scriptures back to Him as a prayer for your life and for others. You give Him thanks for food and shelter and a night’s rest. You invite Him into your work, phone calls, projects, and meetings. You pause in your day to listen and be still and pray for others. You feel the movement in your heart when you need to make things right, apologize, ask for help, serve one another.
That is what happens as you have an ongoing conversation with the Author of your life. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 puts it plainly, “Never stop praying.” Give it a try today and then carry this practice into tomorrow.
Tuesday, January 12
Prayer for Rest in the Lord
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30
Father, you are the Lord who modeled rest to us. At the very beginning of the universe, you taught us not only to create and work, but to rest. And specifically, to rest in you. After a challenging year in so many ways, bring me to a peaceful moment of Rest in you. Let me rest in your goodness every month, week, day, hour, and minute. Take the yokes from me that I carry needlessly. Show me the path to rest that I may live peacefully in you. Amen.
Monday, January 11
Then the Lord God provided a vine and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort and Jonah was very happy about the plant. But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the plant so that it withered. When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die, and said, “It would be better for me to die than to live.” But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?” Jonah 4:6-9
Father, thank you that you provide all of these things to grow us: the vines in our lives, the scorching wind, and the sun. This year, especially, we want to affirm that we worship You for You and not for the things that you provide for us; nor the outcomes.
Although our hearts are prone to wander, you wait for us to turn back to you. Thank you that when we seek you with all our heart we find you. Lord, would you teach us to hear your voice of instruction and encouragement in our lives as we walk with you.
Sunday, January 10
Prayer for God's Favor and Blessing in the New Year
"The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace." Numbers 6:24-26
Father, thank you for a new year -- a fresh start, fresh perspective, and fresh outlook on what's to come. God, I'm asking that you cover and surround my life with protection and peace this year.
No matter what comes my way I know that you will never leave me or forsake me. God, as I come close to you, turn your face towards me and hold me close. Bless my family, friends, church home, and city with your love and peace.
What is Prayer?
Prayer is a conversation with God to establish a lifechanging relationship and listen to Him as He guides you.
What is Fasting?
To fast is to abstain from something (typically food) as a means of feasting on more of God. You can also fast from technology, an activity or behavior. Richard Foster writes, "Fasting can bring breakthroughs in the spiritual realm that will never happen in any other way."
Spiritual purposes of fasting include:
- Allowing us to place God at the center of our lives
- Reminding us that we are sustained by God
- Revealing what controls us
- Helping us keep balance in our lives
- Benefitting our physical and mental well-being
Fasting should always be accompanied by prayer.
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