Prayer & Fasting
A season of focused prayer as a church family
21 Days of Prayer & Fasting
From Tuesday, October 1 to Monday, October 21
If you sense God has more for your life, 21 Days of Prayer is a great place to start believing Him for all that He has for you. As you practice seeking Him first, He will move on your behalf like never before. You will start to see the power of prayer impact your relationships, work, family, and every area of your life. Whether you join us in person or online, we would love for you to be part of 21 Days of Prayer.
What do we need to do to participate?
- For 21 days fast one meal a day and use this time to pray.
- Cut out activities that distract you from prayer.
- Join others in a time of corporate prayer. This includes our small groups, family time and designated times when the church is open for corporate prayer like Saturday morning.
What are we fasting for?
- For our nation and the upcoming federal election.
- For the outreach of our church.
- For revival and an outpouring of God’s Spirit in our City.
- For a personal breakthrough.
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.
Types of Fasts
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.
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/or afternoon. This can either correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6:00 am to 12:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown.
This fast is a great option if you do not have much experience fasting food, have health issues that prevent you from fasting food, or if you wish to refocus certain areas of your life that are out of balance. For example, you might choose to stop using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast and then carefully bring that element back into your life in healthy doses at the conclusion of the fast.
If you are preparing for21 Days of Prayer & Fastinguse these resources to help
Questions on Fasting
by Pastor Dave Koop
Prayer & Fasting
By Pastor Dave Koop
How Fasting Affects my Faith
by Pastor Dave Koop
7 Basic Steps to Successful Fasting and Prayer
by Dr. Bill Bright
by Jentezen Franklin
Awakening: A New Approach to Faith, Fasting, and Spiritual Freedom
by Stovall Weems
our church facilities are open for prayer:
Richmond Campus is encouraged to join Downtown for prayer. Crosstown Campus is encouraged to join Commercial for prayer.
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Tuesday - Saturday
1160 West Georgia St
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday & Thursday
Pitt Meadows Education Center
#102 – 105, 12099 Harris Rd
Pitt Meadows, BC
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Wednesday & Friday
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
1645 N Grandview Hwy
Learn more about fasting and why we fast as a church
It is when the leader calls for everyone to come together in prayer and fasting for a specific issue. An example of this is when Ezra lead the families and possessions home from Babylon to Jerusalem.
Then I proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from Him the right way for us and our little ones and all our possessions. – Ezra 8:21 (NKJV)
In the Bible, God’s people often fasted when they needed a breakthrough. Here are some things fasting is or isn’t:
- Fasting is not legalism or an attempt to impress others.
- Fasting is not “earning” an answer to prayer.
- Spiritual fasting is not a part of a diet plan or weight loss program.
- Fasting is an outward response to an inward attitude and desire.
- Fasting is shutting down the desires of your flesh because you want a breakthrough more than you want food.
- Fasting moves us (not God) from a position of unbelief to a position of belief.
- Fasting, like giving and prayer, is an assumed practice.
“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” – Matthew 6:16-18 (NIV)
Isaiah 58:6-12 is the foundation for our time of fasting.
- The fast is about His will being done, not ours. (v. 6)
- The fast is about seeing the oppressed go free. (v. 6)
- The fast is about nourishing ourselves and sharing with others. (v. 7)
- The fast is about retaining a heart of compassion that cares for those in need. (v. 7)
- Then your darkness will become light. (v. 8,10)
- Then you will find physical strength. (v. 8,11)
- Then you will get on the right track (righteousness).
- Then you will find help and guidance. (v. 9,11)
- Then God will satisfy your soul in a dry land. (v. 11)
- Then God will make us a garden, restoring the streets we live in. (v. 11,12)