21 Days of Prayer is a time for Oaks Church to align our focus and make it a priority to seek God first in prayer. From January 1-21, 2018, we will be joining together in prayer and fasting as we begin this new year.
21 Day Prayer Focus
For Oaks Church:
- Pray that we would be united together in Christ.
- Pray that hundreds of people would be saved, baptized and growing in Christ in 2018.
- Pray that Pastor Scott and our leaders would be fully submitted to God and hear His voice.
21 Days of Prayer is for you
If you sense God has more for your life, 21 Days of Prayer is a great place to start. As you practice seeking His kingdom first, you will see God move in your life like never before. You will start to see the power of prayer impact your relationships, work, family, and every area of your life.
Prayer and Fasting
During these 21 Days of Prayer we encourage fasting as a spiritual next step that will bring clarity and revelation to your life. We have created a Prayer & Fasting Guide to align ourselves in prayer together as a church. We invite you to participate with us.
Fasting is one of the least known disciplines in the church. Most people think that fasting is only for the “super-spiritual,” and fail to see the beauty and benefit it brings to our relationship with God.
Fasting isn’t about punishing yourself. Rather, it’s about intentionally disconnecting from worldly things for a season, so you can hear from God and experience the full life He has for you. Sadly, many Christians have an Old Testament view of fasting and only associate it with repentance or getting God to intervene in a crisis.
In the New Testament, fasting is not about mourning or sadness, it is about celebrating the goodness of God. The goal of fasting is to draw near to God. Stovall Weems says, “There is a closeness to God that you simply will not experience from prayer or personal devotions alone. You must fast.” The practice of fasting has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button on our soul and renews us from the inside out.
We invite you to join us during our 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting beginning on January 1, 2018.
Click here to download the Prayer and Fasting Guide to your calendar (iCal format).
Types of Fasts
How and what you fast is totally up to you. Here are some popular ways people fast:
In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option. Consult your doctor before beginning a complete fast.
This type of fast involves removing certain foods from your diet. One example 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 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 6:00am to 3:00pm. or from sunup to sundown.
This is a great option if you do not have much experience fasting food, have health issues that prevent you from fasting, are pregnant or breastfeeding, 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.
What the Bible says about Fasting:
- Jesus encourages us to fast: Matthew 6:16-18, Mark 9:29, Luke 18:9-14
- Jesus set the example: Matthew 4:1-2
- Relation to prayer and spiritual devotion: Luke 2:36-38
- Corporate fasting: Joel 2:15-16, Nehemiah 9:1-3; Acts 13:2; 14:23
Resources on Fasting
Corporate Prayer Opportunities
Tuesday Morning Prayer | Tuesdays, 9:00-10:00 am | Worship Center
The Well | Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm | Worship Center
Praying with fellow believers also yields incredible results. Matthew 18:19-20 says, “If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” We have been experiencing incredible moments with God at our prayer times and I encourage you to take advantage of the multiple opportunities available.