Day of Prayer & Fasting
Wednesday January 8, 6:00 – 9:00pm in Clarkview
“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you” and “You have not because you ask not” are just two of so many biblical encouragements to seek our Father in prayer. Please join us for a special prayer meeting as we dedicate ourselves and our church to the Lord’s service. We spend time focusing on God’s sovereignty and sustaining power during challenging times, and then close our prayer meeting by breaking our fast together.
If you feel led to fast, you can find tips for doing so below.
“ACTS” Prayer Guide: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication
When you begin your day of prayer on January 8, please set aside a few minutes each hour to reflect and pray through the following verses and topics.
9:00am: Psalm 145:18 (Adoration)
10:00am: Jeremiah 33:3 (Adoration)
11:00am: John 15:7 (Adoration)
12:00pm: Psalm 51:1-4, 17 (Confession)
1:00pm: 1 John 1:8-9 (Confession)
2:00pm: Colossians 3:15-17 (Thanksgiving)
3:00pm: Titus 2:11-14 (Supplication)
- Pray for our church mission.
4:00pm: Matthew 5:16 (Supplication)
- Pray for our church leaders.
5:00pm: 1 Peter 5:5-7; Hebrews 13:17; 1 Peter 2:1-2 (Supplication)
- Pray for our city and country.
6:00-9:00pm: Join us at the church to pray for the future direction of our church, the city of Chicago, and our outreach to the neighborhood.
Tips on Conducting a 24-hour Fast
The evening before, eat a light dinner. Spend time in personal confession and yieldedness to God. Abstain from TV and other input that would divert you from having a special meeting with God.
The day of the fast, drink water or juices but abstain from food.
In the morning, resolve to focus on two or three promises from God (e.g. Psalm 145:18; Jeremiah 33:3; John 15:7). Ask God to show you sin in your life that needs to be confessed and forsaken.
Add to the above promises your own concerns for you and your family, our church, our nation, and the world.
Continue with your regular activities throughout the day, using your hunger as a reminder to love and trust God with the burdens on your heart. Pray silently as you work. If asked why you are not eating, simply say that you have chosen to fast on this day.
In the evening, join with other believers to affirm your own desperation to see God answer prayer.
The next morning, ask yourself:
- What did I learn yesterday?
- What sins were revealed to me?
- What burdens were taken from my shoulders and transferred to God?
- What do I see more clearly than before?
- What is the next step in my walk with God?
Please note: if you are unable to fast for health reasons, you are encouraged to do the above while maintaining your regular eating schedule. Fasting itself has no special merit in God’s sight but is an added means of revealing who we are in God’s presence.