PRAYER & FASTINGCOMPLETE & COURAGEOUS
DAILY PRAYER GUIDE
DAY 1. Church unity in purpose and mission
DAY 2. 5 lost friends by name
DAY 3. The homeless in our community
DAY 4. Spartanburg leaders who need to know Christ
DAY 5. The Bridge workers and volunteers sharing Christ in word and deed
DAY 6. Sacrificial giving to mission of FBS
DAY 7. New opportunities for sharing Christ
DAY 8. God to reveal your role in His mission
DAY 9. Dr. Don & Karyn Wilton
DAY 10. Passion for the lost
DAY 11. Greater understanding of God’s Word
DAY 12. US President and political leaders
DAY 13. Dr. John Warner and all our Deacons
DAY 14. Members of our Church Council
DAY 15. SBC, IMB, NAMB & Dr J.D. Greear
DAY 16. Ministers and their families
DAY 17. Marriage bonds strengthened
DAY 18. Senior Adults to come to Christ
DAY 19. Broken and humbled hearts for the Lord
DAY 20. Obedience to Biblical Stewardship
DAY 21. Burden for the lost and boldness to share
DAY 22. Strength for holy living
DAY 23. Those in physical pain
DAY 24. TEW ministry on TV, Radio & Internet
DAY 25. The Master Plan for the future of First Baptist Spartanburg
DAY 26. A place to serve locally and globally
DAY 27. Lost neighbors and friends
DAY 28. The 26% living in poverty
29. The refugees in Spartanburg
30. Financial wisdom
31. All peoples welcome within FBS
32. Wisdom for our Life Group teachers
33. Missionaries serving around the world
34. Our hearts to be open to sharing
35. God to raise up workers for the harvest
36. A brokenness for the lost—Families
to be heart-broken for lost friends
37. Parents pursuing Holy Living;
children, teenagers & students
seeing parents pursuing Holy Living
38. Families in our weekday preschool
39. Receptive hearts for Christ at The Bridge
After School Program
40. Real revival and awakening in USA
WHAT IS FASTING?
Fasting is voluntarily giving up your physical nourishment in order to receive spiritual nourishment. Fasting involves not eating in order to focus on prayer and a deeper relationship with God.
WHY FAST AND PRAY?
• To know God’s will for your life.
• To take your focus off the things of the world.
• To have intimacy with God.
• To find help in times of trouble.
• To prepare for times of spiritual renewal.
• For victory over sin and temptation.
• For guidance in particular situations.
FASTING IN THE BIBLE
JEHOSHAPHAT proclaimed a fast for all of Judah
when he heard a vast army was coming against
his people. God defeated their enemies.
2 Chronicles 20:3
EZRA proclaimed a fast at the River Ahava for the
exiles returning to Jerusalem. God delivered
them and gave them safety from their enemies.
Ezra 8:21, 31
NEHEMIAH fasted when he learned that Jerusalem was still in ruins. Nehemiah 1:4
MOSES fasted before receiving the Ten
Commandments. Deuteronomy. 9:9-18
DAVID fasted mourning his child’s illness.
2 Samuel 12:1-23
ELIJAH fasted while escaping Jezebel.
1 Kings 19:4-8
ESTHER fasted for the safety of the Jews.
DANIEL fasted for an answer to prayer. Daniel 10:1-3
JESUS fasted before temptation by the devil.
PAUL fasted after his conversion. Acts:9:1-9
PAUL & BARNABAS fasted for the appointment of elders in churches. Acts 14:23
“ABC” BEFORE YOU FAST!
Ask God to direct you in the type of fast
you will do.
Before beginning, consult your physician.
Eat smaller meals leading up to your fast.
Cut back on caffeine and sugar.
Confess your sins and open your heart to
40 DAY FAST
Jesus fasted for 40 days while in the wilderness. He only drank water. He ate no food at all.
3 WEEK FAST
“Daniel Fast”: Daniel engaged in a partial fast for three weeks. He ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine. For more details regarding the “Daniel Fast” check out the following site: http://daniel-fast.com/
1 DAY PER WEEK FAST
Choose to fast one day each week and spend the time you would normally eat to read God’s Word and pray.
1 MEAL PER DAY FAST
Choose to fast from one meal per day (up to 40 days) and spend that time reading God’s Word and praying.
In every case, spend the time
in Scripture and prayer.
For parents of smaller children, people with medical conditions and those who are willing to take the “taste test.”
• Eat scaled down meals.
• Give up one or two favorite foods to eat.
• Substitute every dessert time with prayer time.
• Lay aside a regular fun activity.
Be sure to pray and read Scripture with every substitution.
WAYS TO KEEP YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE DURING YOUR FAST
• Write a journal entry every day—what you do, what you pray, what you hear God tell you. You can keep a written journal or use your iPad.
• Enlist an accountability partner of the same gender—reveal your plan, meet for progress, pray for one another.
• Plan a time to focus on prayer and reading your Bible without distractions everyday.
• Set a financial giving goal—pray about and set aside what God would have you give through your church.
• Join your church family Sunday evenings from 6-7 PM in the Sanctuary.
• Text “fasting” to 30500 for daily updates.