Prayer & Fasting
You are invited to join us the week of January 8-12 for a time or prayer and fasting for our church. This page is meant to be a resource for you as you participate or as you approach your own individual time of prayer and fasting.
WORSHIP & PRAYER GATHERINGS
RLVNT Church will be hosting worship and prayer gatherings for four nights:
Monday, January 8th
Tuesday, January 9th
Thursday, January 11th
Friday, January 12th
We will be gathering at Lake Wylie Christian Assembly Church located at 5766 Charlotte Hwy, Lake Wylie, SC 29710 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm. We will specifically be meeting in the youth center located towards the back of the property.
PRAYER & FASTING
The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose. By intentionally abstaining from something that comforts us for a period of time, typically food, we focus on expressing need for the only one who can truly comfort us, God. However, fasting without prayer is simply a diet. When coupled with prayer, fasting becomes a powerful discipline that nourishes our spirit and draws us closer to God. The focus of fasting is not the lack of food, but rather on what we are gaining, the revelation and presence of God.
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 do not eat any food and drink only liquids — typically water with light juices as an option — for a specific period of time. Consult a medical professional before attempting a complete fast for an extended period of time.
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 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.
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.
STRUCTURING YOUR FAST
Whether you’re participating in our church wide fast or fasting at certain times throughout the year, here are some steps that can help you make the most of this spiritual discipline.
1. Prayerfully consider the type and length of time for your fast.
2. Set aside daily intentional time with God to pray, read the Word, worship Him, and listen for His voice.
LEARN MORE ABOUT FASTING
Monday, January 8th
Humility & Repentance
I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules
2 Chronicles 7:14
…if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
…he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,
Tuesday, January 9th
Spiritual Hunger / Thirst
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Come, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.
Wednesday, January 10th
Ears To Hear His Voice
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.
And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you.”
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
Thursday, January 11th
Grace For Obedience
If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, 5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations,
Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves,you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.
1 John 5:3
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
Friday, January 12th
Pray that the church will preach the Word of God without apology.
2 Timothy 4:2
…preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.
Pray that the church would devote itself to prayer.
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
Pray that the church will boldly share Jesus as the only hope for salvation.
And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
Pray that the church will worship God in spirit and in truth.
God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.
Pray that our leaders will serve humbly as godly examples to all.
1 Peter 5:2-3
…shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.
Pray that the church will labor and strive to present everyone mature in Christ.
Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.
Pray that more workers step up to faithfully serve.
Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
Pray that our leaders equip the saints for the work of ministry.
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ…
Pray that the church does not lose its first love.
But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.
Pray that we will trust Jesus to build His church.
And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell[b] shall not prevail against it.