Welcome to 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting. We are so glad you have decided to commit the next 21 days to deepening your relationship with God. In the hurry, business, and noise of our current world, few things are more difficult or rewarding than developing a prayer life. Prayer is simply the medium through which we communicate and commune with God.
The practice of prayer is learning to set aside dedicated time to be with God intentionally to become like him and partner with him in the world. Partnered with the practice of fasting, we can bring all of who we are, body and soul, into the presence of God. We pray that over the next 21 days, you will experience an abundance of peace.
Keep an eye on how your peace in God increases over this period. Although we cannot guarantee that you will have less stress or be less busy, consistent communion with God brings us a peace that surpasses understanding.
Focus on your desire for change over the next 21 days as you come into the presence of God. It is normal to experience a reorientation of our appetite. While your craving for certain foods may or may not change, we hope that your hunger and thirst for God will increase.
The goal of practicing the way of Jesus is to become a person of love. These practices are just a means to an end. Observe how God shapes your heart for people and gives you the opportunity to love them in powerful ways through your attentiveness to the Holy Spirit.
People in the Hebrew and early Christian traditions had a daily prayer rhythm where they would pause and pray. They did this three times a day: in the morning, at midday, and in the evening. We think it’s important to revive this historic practice.
We suggest starting the day by reciting the Lord’s Prayer. When we do this, we’re showing our trust in Jesus and letting his words guide our own. At midday, we can take a moment to pray for those who are far from God. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can think of these people and ask God to bring them back to Him. Finally, at the end of the day, before bed, we can give thanks to God for everything we’re grateful for throughout the day. By doing this, we show our gratitude to Him. Partner with us by praying this rhythm each day wherever you are.
The Lord’s prayer and more suggestions for prayer are available in the guide.
Fasting is one of the most essential and powerful of all the practices of Jesus and one of the best ways we have to integrate our entire person, including our body, around God.
The ultimate aim of fasting is to get in touch with our hunger for God. Hunger is the state of wanting or needing something you do not have. When we fast, we awaken our body and soul to its deep yearning for life with the Father. We become able to say with Jesus, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” (John 4v32)
Take a look at the PDF guide for a few suggestions, tips and biblical context for fasting.