Day Four: Our Church

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Today we are focusing on praying for our Church. Please pray that God will give us favor in our community as we seek to reach the lost. Pray for a building for East Campus, for a smooth launch for our West Campus, and for continued blessing on North and South Campus. Please pray that God would continue to use us as a church to make His name known.

Day Three: Your Community

Today, we will focus on praying for our community. This includes the city you live in, the school you attend, your workplace, your neighborhood, or your group of friends. Pray that God would bring revival to your community and that you would be His light to those around you.

 

Isaiah 58:6-9

“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 not to 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 your own flesh? Then your light shall break forth like the morning, your healing shall spring forth speedily, and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’”

 

Why is fasting so important for believers? This is a common question, and the idea of fasting may even seem odd to you if you have never fasted before. The simple answer is that there is something so powerful about denying your flesh in order to draw closer to the heart of God. When we crave the things we are fasting from we are reminded to press into the Lord in prayer. Replacing the desires of the flesh with that which fills our spirit.

 

This verse in Isaiah so beautifully describes what fasting does in our hearts. It realigns our hearts onto the things that matter most to God. It places our focus on loving, serving and helping others. It produces faith that results in actions that are pleasing to the Lord. It allows us to more deeply experience the glory of our amazing God, and finally, it causes us to see breakthrough in our lives and answers to our prayers.

 

So as you fast these next two weeks, focus on the transformation that happens in your heart as a result of your obedience to the Lord. We encourage you to journal each day what you are believing the Lord for, what the Lord reveals to you and the transformation you see in your own heart and life. Feel free to share these if you would like through social media or email.

 

Day Two: Our Nation

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We are on day two of our fast and our prayer focus is OUR NATION. Today, let's focus our prayers on our government, media and fellow Americans. Let's pray that God will soften hearts, cause unity and love to prevail, and help the American church to be strong and united as we shine the truth and love of Jesus. 

Day One

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Today is the first day of our Church wide fast. Our prayer focus is Our World. We live in a world full of the beauty and love of our creator, but also full of the pain and corruption of sin and of the enemy of our souls. Today, let's focus as a church on praying for those in our world who are poor and oppressed. Let's pray for world leaders. And most of all, let us pray that God would show us how we can be His hands and feet in this broken world and how to shine His light of love that drives back the darkness. 

We would love to hear from you during this fast. We believe that God will speak to you and reveal things to you. If you would like to share, you can feel free to do so on our Instagram @myfoursquarechurch, or through our email connect@myfoursquarechurch.com

14 days of prayer and fasting

Why do we pray and fast? People are created to be in communion with God and one another. Fasting, is our opportunity to tune out all the white noise in our lives and refresh our relationship with God and people. A Time to remember the grace and mercy that He has given us and a time for healing, restoration and vision.

 We invite you to join us as we pray and fast together for the sole purpose of getting closer to God and seeing His purposes come to pass in our lives and our church. This fast will be starting January 15th and lasting until January 29th .

Not everyone’s fast will look the same. There are many ways to fast and we hope that you will be led by the Holy Spirit in your choice of fast. The following are a few examples of types of fasts.

ABSOLUTE FAST

In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option. If you choose this fast, we highly recommend that you read the book “God Chosen Fast” by Arthur Wallis. This book is a wonderful resource for learning how to do a fast like this in a healthy way.

SELECTIVE FAST

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 animal products, sugars, and bread from your diet.

PARTIAL FAST

This fast 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.

SOUL FAST

This fast is about removing the noise and distraction of the world. For example, you might choose to stop using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast. This 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 and eliminate distraction.  

If you have any questions or simply want to learn more about fasting, we encourage you to take a look at the book God Chosen Fast by Arthur Wallis. You can access the book online here.

2 Chronicles 7:14 says

"Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land."