21 Days of Prayer and Fasting 2013

21 Days of Fasting

(Adapted from a conversation I had with a friend from church)

Fasting in essence is giving something up that means a lot to us that we may grow closer to God. I”m not sure if you have decided what to fast from and if you haven’t I would highly encourage you fast from what will hurt.

In doing so, you should also determine what answers you want to hear from God and focus on those type prayers. Financial freedom, mental growth for your kids, peace in your marriage. These are all great things to petition God for and pray for answers.

Also think of prayers for your church, to see growth spiritually and numerically. Pray for wisdom for your leaders. Pray for growth in certain ministries. These are all great things to be praying for for your church.

Praying about things you’ve listed may leave you praying for at least an hour believe it or not. When you feel the need to do whatever it is your fasting from, pray. Most of the time you’ll be praying for God to help you NOT do that you’re fasting from. That in itself is all you need to do. You’re telling God he’s more important to you and he will bless your efforts.

Give up time to pray to God for these things. All this can be done even as your kids are running around screaming their heads off and crying. Your focus would be on fasting and praying and you can still tend to the needs of others.

Maybe you think you need in your life what you call a stress reliever. God should be your stress reliever. Maybe you’re trying to let something take the place God is supposed to do in your life. That thing that you call your stress reliever is definitely what you need to fast from.

Fasting is all about showing God He’s more important than anything else. Whatever you decide to NOT do and in it’s place focus on God, do it. The most important thing is not to replace something with something else, but to replace something with God.

Remember, you can do this. It will start to hurt soon into it but God has given us a promise. We can do all things THROUGH Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13). It is possible to stay the course but not through power nor might but through His Spirit (Zechariah 4:6).


About Kevin Riner
child of grace, worshiper of Jesus, husband, father, Pastor of Village Church, author of Faith Debugged

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