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21 Days of Fasting & Prayer                         January 11 - 31, 2020

Traditionally when people think of fasting, they think it is the practice of going without food.  That is correct; but fasting is the practice of going without food or anything that results in a person’s physical satisfaction.  That includes eating, drinking, hobbies, social media - Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, etc., - television, video games, movies, sex, gossip, talking on the phone, texting, shopping, spending money, attending social functions – the list is endless! 

 

Why do Christians fast?  Fasting is a faith-based practice that helps us grow closer toward Our Savior Jesus Christ.  Fasting is an act that Christians have practiced since Biblical times.  Jesus Himself fasted – and if we desire to be more like Him, we must do like Him! (Matthew 4: 1 – 11) And…fasting is commanded by Jesus – He says in Matthew 6:16 “When you fast…”  And again, in Matthew 6:17 Jesus says “But when you fast…” not IF but WHEN!

 

Before you begin a fast there are several important aspects to be aware of.  First and foremost, your heart principle must precede the physical practice.  In other words, if your heart and/or attitude is ‘bad’ then fasting will not achieve the full effects it is intended.  During a period of fasting we must have the correct attitude and intentions.

 

Fasting must be accompanied by Prayer – the two are intended to exist together. Fasting is a SACRIFICE.  We are giving up something important to us in order for GOD to reveal His strength in our weakness.  Fasting costs us something because we are doing it for the One Who gave up everything for us!  Fasting is more like a marathon than a sprint – if you eat something you should not or become distracted please keep going.  Don’t quit – you don’t have to start completely over. 

 

Fasting is intentionally denying the flesh in order to gain a response from the spirit.  God’s main purposes for His people to fast is found in Isaiah 58.  Please read this chapter in detail.  Fasting is mentioned more than 75 times in the Bible.

  

Scriptures dealing with Fasting

                                             Matthew 4: 1 – 11           

                                             Matthew 6: 5 – 13       

                                             Matthew 6: 16 – 18

                                             Matthew 17: 21            

                                             Luke 18: 9 – 14          

                                             Daniel 10: 2 – 3  

                                             Joel 2: 12 – 13              

                                             Esther 4: 12 – 17         

                                             Isaiah 58: 6 – 7

  

GOD wants to perform mighty works in and through the St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church members in 2020!  If you want to experience all that GOD has promised us as a church and individually it’s time to FAST and PRAY these next 21 days!  We know that prayer works – we have been eyewitnesses to what GOD has already done at

St. Luke this past year.  Now is our time to fully experience what GOD will do when we both fast and pray – with our hearts dedicated to seeking a closer relationship with GOD. 

 

Fasting GuidelinesJanuary 11 - 31

                            

     DO NOT eat or drink any of the following during the 21 days…

                    NO Fried Foods

                    NO Sugar         

                        Please read all nutritional labels to avoid sugar as an  

                              ingredient

                        You may use Stevia a plant-based sweetener as a

                              sugar alternative

                     NO Starches or Pastas

                     NO Breads, Rolls, Pastas, Noodles, Rice

                     NO Sodas, Teas, Coffee, Lemonades, Juices, Carbonated 

                                 drinks, or artificially sweetened waters

                     NO Butter, Margarine, Oils or Cheese

                  

      You MAY eat or drink all the following during the fast…

Water

Milk

Meat and Seafood

                                      Baked, Broiled, Boiled or Grilled only!

Vegetables

Fruits

Eggs

Nuts

 

Fasting GuidelinesLast 3 DaysJanuary 29, 30 & 31

 

Fast for an entire 12-hour period each day. 

You may choose to fast during the day, for instance from 6 a.m. to

6 p.m. or during the evening 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.  You pick the time that works best for you.  But during this time only water is allowed.  This 12-hour period of fasting should be used to pray without ceasing, focus on prayer needs of yourself and others, and seriously seek

God’s Will in your life and ministry.

 

Give up something you enjoy doing these last 3 days.

In addition to refraining from eating or drinking certain foods,

during these last 3 days please give up something you enjoy doing – something you will miss.  It is a sacrifice unto The Lord so it should

be something that’s important to you.

 

 

****Health Warning****

 

Anyone who has diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure or any medical condition that requires specific dietary regulations please consult your physician before beginning

the fast.  Your good health is important so you should adjust any of the listed guidelines so as not to experience abnormally low or high blood sugar levels and/or blood pressure, or

any other medical complications.

 

 

PRAYER POINTS

 

Remember to pray HSPE: 

                                                                          Humbly

                                                                          Specifically

                                                                          Persistently

                                                                             Expectantly!

 

1.    Spiritual Revival in our Church

a.     We need to get rid of lethargy, indifference and lifelessness

b.     We need a fresh outpouring of God’s Spirit upon the entire church – each member!

c.      We want God to ignite the fire!

 

2.    Renewal of personal spiritual commitment

a.     Return to your “first love” – Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

b.     Commit to attending church on a regular basis - every Sunday

c.      Commit to attending Sunday School

d.     Commit to Wednesday Night Bible Study and fellowship afterwards

e.      Bring your children (grown ones too!) and family to church and Bible Study

f.       Use your gifts to help the church to grow and minister to others

 

3.    Restoration of St. Luke MBC’s Youth Ministry

a.     Bring your children – including adult kids

b.     Assure that your children attend Sunday School and Bible Study

c.      Pray for the Wright Cuney Community Center outreach opportunities

 

4.    Prayer for Pastor James E. Pate, Jr. – Our Pastor

     God anointed and appointed him to pastor the St. Luke MB Church so let us honor God’s choice!

a.     Pray blessings and gratitude over our Pastor

b.     Pray that our Pastor clearly sees God’s Direction for St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church

c.      Pray that our Pastor is renewed with energy for the many tasks he has

d.     Pray that love will surround our Pastor and encourage him daily

  

Our Pastor needs our serious prayers daily!  The enemy desires nothing

more than to distract, defeat, detain, delay and destroy God’s leader. 

Whenever the Pastor stands to preach, teach or give counsel, the enemy

wants his words to be powerless and for his messages to go unheard. 

We must pray continuously that God is heard through Pastor Pate

and that lives are changed upon hearing the messages.

 

 Please pray for Pastor Pate’s

          ~Preparation 

          ~Preaching 

~People (both church members and the unsaved) to receive his messages 

 

 If you seriously commit to these 21 days of prayer and fasting, God will

show up in your life, the life of St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, and

the life of our Pastor in a way not yet seen!  Be blessed as you grow

in spiritual maturity and become more intimate in your relationship

with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

 

It’s time to let go of our ordinary, boring, lifeless living! 

 

Expect the supernatural to occur!

 

 

 

 

“No Food, Know Prayer”

 

 

 

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