21 days of prayer
In the Old Testament, Daniel, troubled by a vision, set out for 21 days to pray and fast (Daniel 10). At the end, he received an answer from God Himself, giving him comfort from his troubles and worries.
We want to hear from God!
There is nothing quite as powerful as the collective prayer of God’s people. We want God’s favor and presence in our church; in our lives; and in our communities.
Beginning with the New Year, we’ll begin a 21 day period of prayer and fasting. We’re asking you to make this a priority in your life and in the life of HSC.
How does this work?
Each day of the week, we’ll collectively fast and pray on one topic. There are seven areas for prayer in all. Each week, we’ll repeat the seven day cycle. Here are the areas we’re going to pray for:
- SUNDAY: Pray for God’s voice to be heard as He leads this church
- MONDAY: Pray for those we haven’t reached, that God would lead them to us
- TUESDAY: Pray for HSC’s surrounding communities
- WEDNESDAY: Pray for YOUR family
- THURSDAY: Pray for your CHURCH family
- FRIDAY: Pray for God to show us how to serve His world
- SATURDAY: Pray for something that is on YOUR heart
If you’re not quite sure how or what to fast, there’s a handy guide to the right.
Types of Fasts
In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.
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.
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.
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.