21 day fast

the purpose

The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out. It also enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all the good things God desires to bring into our lives. Remember, 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.

Introduction to the 21 Day Fast

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Crawl, Walk, Run

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Week One

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Crawl: Matthew 13:31-32

Walk: Matthew 13:1-2, 31-33

Run: Matthew 13

Prayer: 

God show me Your Kingdom. Give me revelation of Your Kingdom’s strength, influence, and prominence. Lord, manifest Your Kingdom Reign in all aspects of my life… spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. Amen.

Reflect and Internalize:

Matthew 13:31-33

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Crawl: Matthew 25:34-36

Walk: Matthew 25:14-30

Run: Matthew 25

Prayer:

God show me Your thoughts. Let Your thoughts be mine. Allow me to speak words that edify and glorify. Give me the strength to speak Your truth in love. God, guide my steps and let the actions that make up my deeds be pleasing to You. Amen.

Reflect and Internalize:

Matthew 6:9-13

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Crawl: Mark 8:34

Walk: Mark 8:34-38

Run: Mark 8

Prayer:

God reveal to me what it means to carry my cross. Give me the strength each day to deny myself and my own plans for Your greater good. Show me Your plans and allow me to walk in Your way and Your glory. Amen.

Reflect and Internalize:

Mark 8:34

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Crawl: John 15:7-8

Walk: John 15:1-8

Run: John 15

Prayer:

God, lead me today to remember that I draw from You as the vine. Let my life be productive and fruitful as I prioritize Your will for me. God, let the fruit my life bears nourish those You’ve called me to minister to that it may bring You glory. Amen.
    
Reflect and Internalize:

John 15:4-8

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Crawl: Genesis 2:7

Walk: Genesis 2:1-7

Run: Genesis 1 & 2

Prayer:

Thank you, God. Thank you for giving me life and allowing me to be an expression of Your created order. Thank you for making me a vessel to express Your glory. Thank you for Your breath that sustains me. Thank you for Your love. Amen.

Reflect and Internalize:

Genesis 2:7

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Crawl: 3 John 1:2

Walk: 3 John 1:1-3

Run: 3 John 1

Prayer:

God, Thank you for my mind. Allow me to meditate on Your Word daily and be transformed by it. God, thank you for my body. Let me treat it as the temple You created it to be. God, thank you for my soul. That it finds rest in You and that Your presence overflows from within. Amen.

Reflect and Internalize:

3 John 1:2

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Crawl: John 4:23

Walk: John 4:1-26

Run: John 4:1-42

Prayer:

Thank you God for Your Son, Jesus Christ. Thank you for the revelation of Jesus. Thank you that He brings change to me, my community, and all of creation. God reveal Your Son to me through the entirety of my life. Allow Jesus’ presence in my life to Glorify You always and forever.

Reflect and Internalize:

John 4:1-26

Week Two

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Prayer Focus: The World Nations

2 Chronicles 7:14
“… if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Psalm 33:12
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!

Matthew 28:18-19
… and Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

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Prayer Focus: Provision

Psalm 37:25-26
I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lends; And his descendants are blessed.

Philippians 4:19
… and my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

2 Corinthians 9:8
… and God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

Matthew 6:31-32
Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.

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Prayer Focus: Health

3 John 2 
“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”

1 Corinthians 6:19-20
…or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Proverbs 17:22
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

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Prayer Focus: Legacy

Psalms 103:17 
But the mercy of the LORD [is] from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;

Deuteronomy 6:5-7
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

Psalm 145:4
One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.

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Prayer Focus: God’s Church

Matthew‬ ‭16:13-18

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

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Prayer Focus: Safety

Psalms 138:7
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me.

Joshua 1:9
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

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Prayer Focus: Wisdom

1 Kings‬ ‭3:9, 11-14
“Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?”

So God replied, “Because you have asked for wisdom in governing my people with justice and have not asked for a long life or wealth or the death of your enemies— I will give you what you asked for! I will give you a wise and understanding heart such as no one else has had or ever will have! And I will also give you what you did not ask for—riches and fame! No other king in all the world will be compared to you for the rest of your life! And if you follow me and obey my decrees and my commands as your father, David, did, I will give you a long life.”

Week Three

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What does it mean to be a Neighbor?

Luke 10:25-28, 33-37 

And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?” So he answered and said, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’” And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.”

But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

I love how Jesus defines the term “neighbor” in this story. It starts by a religious scholar asking Jesus, “How do we get eternal life?” And Jesus responds back with a question, “well, what’s written in Gods law, and how do you interpret it?” The scholar responded by saying, “well if we love our neighbors as we love ourselves, that’s how we get eternal life. But Jesus, how would YOU define neighbor? What does that really mean?” He’s asking Jesus what his interpretation of being a neighbor is and then Jesus begins to tell the story of the Good Samaritan. We are going to dive more into this story tomorrow so please join us tomorrow as we explore what God says about being a neighbor – Pastor Amie McDonald

Challenge: Start thinking about what it means to be a neighbor to someone. And in the same way Jesus asked the scholar, I ask the question to us, What’s written in the Word of God about being a neighbor to someone, about loving people well? And how do we interpret what God has instructed us to do? Stay tuned and we will see you back tomorrow.

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What does it mean to be a Neighbor? Part 2

Luke 10:25-28, 33-37 

And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?” So he answered and said, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’” And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.”

But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

We left off yesterday with the challenge of looking into the Word to see what God says about being a neighbor to someone, and then to take it further, how do we interpret what God says about this. So today, lets dive into the story that Jesus is telling about the Good Samaritan. Jesus begins answering the scholar with the story of this man who was traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho and was robbed and beaten and left for dead. Two people saw him on the road. And friends, not just any two people, the Bible says it was both a priest and a religious man, and neither one of them stopped to help. And then the Samaritan walked by. And I think this next part of the story is one of the most significant parts. He did four key things after he saw this man. First, his heart went out to him. Second, he gave him aid, third, he brought him to a place where he could get well. And fourth, he opened a tab just in case the man needed more care then the Samaritan paid for, which he said he would pay whatever is owed once he returns. This friends, this is how we are to take care of people. I have no idea where the Samaritan was going. If he was in a hurry, if he was tired, if he had somewhere to be. But what I do know is that he saw someone in need, and he didn’t pass by hoping that someone else would help the man. He saw the need and figured out a way to meet it. We are all busy. We all have things to do, people to see, and places to go. But as Christ followers, our mandate on this earth it to love others the way Jesus has so graciously loved us. So my encouragement to you and I is this, pray that God would give you a heart for people. Sometimes we have to get up close to people to see that they are wounded, but don’t just pass them by because it’s uncomfortable. See the need and find a way to help it. Loving people has always been God’s priority, so lets make loving people our priority too. – Pastor Amie McDonald

Challenge: Pray that God would bring to your mind and to your heart someone that has a need that you can meet.
Be kind to someone today. Buy the coffee for the person in front of you. Treat someone to a meal. Look for ways to bless someone today, even if it’s being generous with your time. You never know how kindness can change someones life

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Everyday Creativity

Proverbs 22:29

Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men.

Just to have a skill is one thing, but to use it in your everyday life is altogether different and those who have such creative skills will be noticed by God and “will not stand before obscure men” meaning that they’ll be noticed by people of influence. Genesis 1:1 says that In the beginning, God created… Because God is creative, and you are made in His image, you are also creative. Many times we think of creativity only around the arts, music, dance, and entertainment. You have the ability to be creative in every aspect of your life. God has given each one of us unique gifts, and it’s up to us to discover them and then utilize them for God’s glory. No matter if you work as a nurse, on an assembly line, as a stay-at-home mom, teacher, lawyer, or accountant, whatever you do…BE CREATIVE!!!!! – Pastor Larry McGoogin

Challenge: Today find ways to be creative and innovative in your everyday life – create new forms or, spreadsheets, processes, or methods of teaching… There’s a great chance that your work will not go unnoticed by your coworkers and managers, but most importantly it will be noticed by God. Remember EPH 2:10 that you are His good workmanship, created in Christ for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

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Following Jesus

John 8:12 

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

Jesus is the light of the world and in His light we can see ourselves as God created us and our need for Him. When we follow Him fully, we can avoid the pitfalls of sin and we can see how to live a life that is pleasing to God. Light has significant symbolism in the Bible: In the beginning God said let there be light and He called it good. We see God using the light from a pillar of fire to guide the children of Israel through the wilderness. The Psalms remind us that God’s word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. As a follower of Christ, we are given a reassurance that we have a companion to guide us. We don’t have to stumble through “darkness” trying to figure everything out on our own. We can trust that He will illuminate our path and we can depend on Him to walk with us step by step as we follow Him.  – Pastor Falon Moore-Brooks

Challenge: Following Jesus is a daily decision. I encourage you today to spend time in His presence and ask yourself am I allowing Jesus to lead me or am I leading myself ?

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Lifestyle of Worship

Romans 12:1 

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

Often times we can compartmentalize worship as one category. The way I worship is through song, through dance, or even the way I give. But shown in Romans 12 our “true and proper form of worship” is to embrace God in everything that we do. In our everyday lives our whole existence is to be worship unto God. For worship is our response to the greatness of God. To embrace God in everything that I do. Being reflections of Him. From how we talk to the person who makes our coffee in the morning, to how we treat our co-worker even if they made a mistake that effected us. Even how we even talk to ourselves! – Pastor Anna Golden

Challenge: Today let’s commit to asking ourselves the question continuously. “Am i embracing God in everything that I do”?

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Generosity is a set up

2 Corinthians 9:10-11

Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.

When we live generously, we are showing love in action. When we live a lifestyle of generosity it will also, serve a living witness to the greatness of God. When you live generously it puts you in a positions you to receive from God. “Then he multiplies the seed as you sow it, so that the harvest of your generosity will grow” A person that lives generously( a person that has a heart filled joy at the thought of giving to those in need) will continually be putting themselves in a position to receive more from God then they put in originally. The person that lives generously more importantly brings glory to God. When we give our time, our skills, and our resources we become a walking billboard for how great God is. Because of your lifestyle of generosity the people that you do life with will get a glimpse of the God we serve. ”…for when we take your gifts to those in need, it causes many to give thanks to God.” – Pastor Myron Brooks

Challenge: Today find a way to be generous to someone you do life with. You can buy them coffee, you can go to lunch, you can sit with them and encourage them, pay the bill for them, cook for them, you can give to an organization, clean up a park, buy some groceries, you can randomly give financially. It is completely between you and God. Whatever you do, give God the glory!!!!

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You can do it

Re-read and review all of the scripture from week 3 

God is teaching us so much via his word. So now is our time to take what we have learned and internalized and put it into action. We’ve had challenges that we have accomplished in the last week but it’s not enough to do it once or twice it’s got to become a lifestyle. We know the reading God‘s word, fasting and praying, and walking out what you have learned, and doing life in community is the best way to begin looking more like Jesus. Set the encouragement for all of us is not just to take what we have learned and keep it to ourselves to go out and share what God has done in your life. There are people out there that need to hope that comes from Jesus and you may be the only Bible that they read.

Challenge: Find someone that you do life with and share what God has done in your life through your time of prayer and fasting, and then invite them to church.