21 Days of Prayer and Fasting

Prayer has always been the heartbeat of Desperation Church. Every January we come together as a church to seek God through 21 days of prayer and fasting. This is where we intentionally take the first month of the year and dedicate that time to the Lord. Join us on our DC App or youtube each morning during these 21 days of prayer and fasting for a devotion. Together we will pray for God to move in large ways and for people to continue to Encounter God, Experience Life Change, Discover Purpose and Change their World!

2 Ways to Join In

Use the DC App

Receive daily notifications as soon as that day’s video is live. Each new post will also contain links to Spotify and YouTube playlists with worship songs specifically chosen for that day to accompany your personal prayer and worship time. You can download the app for any smartphone following the link below.

Watch on YouTube

Posted each morning at 6 AM, you will be able to view that day’s prayer focus video. With that video will also be 4-5 worship songs specifically chosen for that day to accompany your personal prayer and worship time. You can follow the link below to our YouTube channel. To be notified when the newest video is live, subscribe to the channel and tap the alert bell to receive alerts.

Fasting

We believe that fasting is an additional step that can bring clarity and revelations into your life during these 21 days of fasting and prayer. Review the guide below to learn more about how to fast during 21 Days of Prayer. Take a deeper dive into understanding fasting by viewing the message, “The Spiritual Edge,” found below.

Beginning & Breaking a Fast

If you are fasting for the first time, you might begin by missing a meal or two leading up to your specific fast. Begin by refraining from solid foods, but drink liquids, especially water since it is a purifier. Breaking the fast may require as much discipline as beginning it. End your fast with juice for your first meal or first day(s) depending on the degree and duration of your fast. Gradually introduce small amount of digestible foods such as yogurt, fresh fruits, and cooked vegetables.

Prayer During the Fast

During the fast, set aside specific time and significant time(s) to worship and seek the Lord. Plan where you will be so your time will be unhurried and conducive to enjoying the presence of the Lord. Prayer for yourself and our church as well. Review the “Reasons for Fasting” section for more things to consider as you pray.

Suggestions for 21 Days of Fasting

The regular, partial, or targeting fasts can be observed for the entire twenty-one days. For example, you would observe a regular fast for 21 days and refrain from food, a partial fast for 21 days and skip one meal a day, or a targeted fast for 21 days and refrain from watching television. Another option would be the inclusion of each fast, for example, you could begin the first week with a targeting fast followed by a partial fast for the second week and ending with a regular or full fast for the third week.

Reasons for Fasting

The Bible suggests several reasons for fasting:

  • To demonstrate humility before our sovereign God. 2 Chronicles 7:14
  • To see God’s presence more fully. Jeremiah 29:13
  • To demonstrate our sincerity to God concerning something we truly desire. Ezra 8:21-31
  • To know God’s will. Acts 13:1-3
  • To develop Godly discipline. 1 Corinthians 9:27
  • To set Godly priorities in our life. Matthew 6:33
  • To experience revival. Joel 2:12-13

Types of Fasts

The Bible describes several ways to fast:

A Regular Fast – a fast that refrains from food while still drinking water or juice for a specific time. When Jesus fasted in the desert for forty days, the Bible says Jesus was hungry but it mentioned nothing about him being thirsty.

A Partial Fast – a fast that omits a specific meal during the day or a specific type of food for a specific time. In Daniel 10:2-3, during a three week period of mourning, the prophet Daniel did not eat meat or choice foods.

A Full Fast – a fast that refrains from food or drink for a specific time. Acts 9:9 describes when Paul went on a full fast where he did not eat or drink for three days following his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus. It is recommended that this type of fast be done with extreme caution and not for an extended period of time.

Another fast has been created to accommodate those with certain health limitations.

A Targeted Fast – while food or drink is not involved, one who seeks to fast can eliminate other necessities or personal interests from their life for a specific time. Things such as television, movies, internet (social media), cell phone, sporting activities, hobbies, or reduced amounts of sleep are avoided.

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