40 Day Prayer & Fasting
January 17, 2018, (all day)
Are you ready for breakthrough?
Please join me in a 40 day prayer & fast as we “Experience God Like Never Before!” I desire to “seek His face,” I plan to “seek His hand,” and I want to “seek His heart.” Please join The River Community Church for 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting.
What to Fast:
What you decide to fast is up to you. Below are some suggestions that will help you as you journey through the next 40 days.
Food or items you consume: I will personally be fasting one meal a day. I will also not eat candy or any bread items for the next 40 days. Some people may choose to go on a liquid fast or juice diet during this time. But if you are a diabetic or pregnant or have any heath issues at all, please consult with your doctor before giving up any food items that are critical to your health. Some of you may want to give up your Starbucks, drinking alcohol, recreational drugs, smoking cigarettes or vaping. Remember, this is between you and God and whatever you choose, do your best to refrain from these items for the next 40 days.
Distractions (T.V., Video Games, Social Media, Etc.) : I will personally be fasting from Television and Social Media. Things to consider fasting from are activities that keep you from spending more time with God. Is it surfing the internet, playing video games, playing games on your phone (sorry Candy Crush players), maybe a pornography addiction, too much television (sorry sports fanatics), Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or Twitter? Remember, this is between you and God and whatever you choose, do your best to refrain from these items for the next 40 days.
How to Pray:
Below are some suggestions that will help you as you journey through the next 40 days.
Bible Reading & Journaling: As usual, I will be reading and journaling everyday. I like to to this in the morning because I am a morning person. For some of you, it may be mid-afternoon or evenings. There are different methods of journaling and whatever you choose is fine as long as you do something. For some of you, it may be as simple as reading a Proverb everyday and writing your thoughts about it. For others, you may want to use the S.O.A.P. reading plan - journals are available for sale in the “Connection Center or you can go to our website for more information: Daily Reading. And others may choose “Lectio Divina Journal” or “YWAM Prayer Diary”. Remember, this is between you and God and whatever you choose, do it for the next 40 days.
Prayer & Worship: I will be spending a minimum of one hour a day in prayer. If you have never done this before, start with five or ten minutes and work your way up. I will be praying in my spiritual language the majority of the time while I worship the Lord. My goal is not to pray in order for God to do things, my goal is to seek His will. I want to know what God wants! I will worship Him with my mouth, sing songs of praise and listen for His voice.
Reflection: After my journaling, prayer and worship time, I will take some time to just sit and listen to God. I will sit in His presence and wait for Him to speak to my heart - with no agenda other than to be in His presence. You will want to have a notepad with you so you can write down what He downloads into you. This will be and incredible time of just “being” in His presence.
Below are some other suggestions that will help you as you journey through the next 40 days.
Replacing Old Habits with New Ones: For example, if you choose to stop watching T.V. for the next 40 days, instead, you could play family games, read a book, go for a walk, start a new hobby that includes others, or anything else that would be a benefit to you or your family. This would be a great time to start an exercise regimen, begin having more family dinners, having a family worship night and communion. If you would like a FREE one month pass to the Ventura Family YMCA, please sign up at the YMCA at their open house on January 7th.
Thank you for your participation in these 40 days of prayer and fasting. Psalm 63: “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you,”