The goal of fasting  while in prayer is to draw us closer 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.

TYPES OF FASTS

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.

 

COMPLETE FAST

In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.

 

SELECTIVE FAST

This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast 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.

 

PARTIAL FAST

This fast is sometimes called the “Jewish Fast” and 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 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown.

 

SOUL FAST

This fast is a great option if you do not have much experience fasting food, have health issues that prevent you from fasting food, 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 for the duration of the fast and then carefully bring that element back into your life in healthy doses at the conclusion of the fast.

PURPOSE

Each year, we as a church family choose to honor God by fasting the month of January. We believe that how we start our year directly determines the favor and grace afforded to us throughout the year.  We choose to sow January with a mindset of reaping February-December. It needs to be understood that through this fast, our goal is not simply to complete a religious exercise or ritual.  Rather, it is our sincere desire to pursue, search out, and declare the will of God for Impact Family Worship Center and it's members for the year.  The purpose of this fast is that we would become intimately acquainted with God's voice, know His direction for our lives, and abide in His presence throughout the year.  Centered around the theme fullness, we are believing  God for 2020 to be the year that Impact Family and its members mature to the full measure of Christ Stature (Ephesians 4:13). 

 

33 Days Of Prayer

January 1:    Righteous Behavior (1 Corinthians 1:30; 1 Peter 3:8-17)

January 2:    Holy Character & Integrity (Romans 5:3-5)

January 3:    Divine Health (Psalm 103:2-3; 3 John 1:2)

January 4:    God’s Love (Psalm 86:5; Romans 5:8)

January 5:    Love Towards Others (1 Corinthians 13)

January 6:    Joy of The Lord (Nehemiah 8:10; John 15:11)

January 7:    Financial prosperity (Proverbs 3:9-10)

January 8:    Financial Stewardship (Luke 16:11)

January 9:    Spiritual Stewardship (1 Corinthians 4:2; 1 Timothy 1:18)

January 10:  Grace and Mercy (John 1:14-17; (1 Peter 1:3)

January 11:  Physical Stewardship (Matthew 24:45-51; Psalm 24:1)

January 12:  Kingdom Influence (Colossians 1:24-27; Luke 22:24-27)

January 13:  Kingdom Partnerships (Isaiah58:12; Galatians 2:9)

January 14:  Wisdom & Revelation (Ephesians 1:17-21)

January 15:  Spiritual Discernment (Psalm 119:66; 1 John 4:1)

January 16:  Ears To Hear (Proverbs 8:34)

January 17:  Peace (Isaiah 26:3)

January 18:  Patience (Isaiah 40:31, James 1:4)

January 19:  Kindness, Gentleness, & Goodness (Colossians 3:12)

January 20:  Faithfulness (Luke 16:10-12)

January 21:  Disciplined / Self-Controlled (Titus 2:11-12)

January 22:  Spiritual Gifting (1 Peter 4:10)

January 23:  Healthy Marriages (Philippians 2:3-4)

January 24:  Healthy Singleness (Song of Solomon 3:5)

January 25:  Ministry/Career Effectiveness (Ecclesiastes 9:10; Proverbs 3:1-4)

January 26:  Family Wholeness (Colossians 3:13; Isaiah 54:13)

January 27:  Boldness (Acts 4:27-31; Joshua 1:9)

January 28:  Devotion (1 Samuel 12:24; Matthew 22:37-40)

January 29:  Surrender (1 Samuel 15:22; 2 Corinthians 10:5-6)

January 30:  Holy Spirit Active (John 14:12)

January 31:  Extreme Hope (Romans 15:13)

February 1:  Childlike (Matthew 18:2-5)

February 2:  Consistent and Fruitful Prayer Life (Eph. 6:18; Hebrews 11:6)

 

RESOURCES  

Today's Focus - January 21st

Disciplined & Self-Controlled

Titus 2:11-12

Devotional:
“Like the city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control (Proverbs 25:28). City walls in scripture were the first line of defense for a society. Broken walls denote compromised strength and an impending fall. A believer’s ability to discipline themselves and walk in self-control is guarded from destructive behavior overtaking their lives. Whenever a person lacks discipline destruction will always follow close behind. One of the most commonly used excuses of undisciplined people is the saying “I couldn’t control myself.”  The truth is that it is not that they don’t have the ability to control themselves, they simply lack the will. 2 Timothy 1:7 states that self-control is a foundational gift that is given by the Holy Spirit to every believer. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says that with every temptation of sin God gives a way to escape it. 2 Peter 1:3 continues by saying that the divine power of God has granted to us all we need for life and godliness. These scriptures all confirm that undisciplined people are products of a lack of submission more than they are a lack of ability. Purpose today to walk in the gift of self-control. You have all the grace you need to do so. 
Prayer: 
Lord, keep me mindful of the strength You have given me to live a disciplined life. Open my eyes to escapes from sin and compromise. Help me to honor You in all I do and say. In Jesus’ Name. Amen!

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