Oh Holy Father, we pause for a moment from our busy day to lift up our 21-Day Fast for 2018.
First and foremost, God, we want You to be glorified in our lives. We intentionally humble ourselves and honor You, the Maker of Heaven of Earth, the God of Angel armies, the Lord of Hosts. The Most High God and the Great I AM; You are worthy of Your name. It’s a privilege to speak with You, to draw near to You, to be claimed by You. Thank You for all the blessings You’ve already lavished on us.
You are a faithful God who answers prayer, and we cry out to You with loud voices and desperate hearts. We have many concerns, and we really need You to show up in a big way. In our circumstances. In our weaknesses. In our families. In our jobs, ministries, churches. In our city, state and nation. Do something amazing in our lives, God. Break chains and free slaves. Do abundantly more than we could ask or imagine!
We are not oblivious the schemes of our enemy; we know he is most unhappy with our decision to fast. Please grant us extra protection from his fiery darts during this next 21 days. We are determined to be faithful but we know he is relentless. He wants us to fail. He wants to stop us from hearing You and believing You’ll come. He’ll try to interfere with our prayer, worship, and study time. Help us to remain steadfast, trusting fully in You. You are our Rock and Refuge, a very present help in trouble. We choose to hold tight to You each day, to rejoice in the Lord always because the joy of the Lord is our strength.
Calm our winds and calm our waves; we have many mixed emotions as we commit to fasting. We wonder if we have what it takes to follow through with our commitment. We worry about our stamina and how to keep from drawing attention to the change in our diet. We wonder if it’ll be worth it, if You’ll meet us here and come through for us as we cry out. God, You are so much bigger than our feelings. Help us to stay focused on the truths of Your word.
We surrender to You during this time, Lord, fully and completely. Do whatever You want to do in our lives. Search us and know our hearts, try us and know our thoughts. Test us to see any wickedness, and lead us in Your way everlasting. Push aside all our expectations, break down all barriers, cut off all hindrances. Show up like never before!
In Jesus’s mighty name, Amen.
Would you like to join our fast? It’s not too late – just let us know!
- Dates: January 10-31, 2018. Follow our Facebook Group for daily encouragement!
- You choose what you’re fasting and why you’re fasting. No need to tell anyone the details – it’s between You and God.
- Be sure to check your motives and be sure you’re prepared!
- Commit to spending time with God every day in prayer, worship and Bible Study.