Message of Encouragement From Pastor Moore
Congratulations on your commitment to fast with Carolina Church. Together, we are beginning a journey to seek God through prayer and fasting to change us in ways that only He can change us. We live in a world that is always promoting change, but true change only happens from the inside out. True change always begins with God. Be Repentant - Essential to fasting is an attitude of repentance and submission (Isa. 58). Consider making a list of your sins and seek God’s forgiveness. Be open-minded - so many times we come to God asking Him to change a specific situation or issue. Instead allow God the discretion to change whatever He wants to change in your life. Be perseverant - as you start this journey, you will encounter some struggles along the way with hunger, but don’t abandon your focus. Remain committed. Be family oriented - Use this as a way to pull your spouse and or family together for times of prayer on a daily basis. Pray together for God to change your marriage or family for the better. Be intentional - Plan for success by planning additional time to read Scripture daily. Memorize certain passages each day. Read your devotional with consistency. Again, congratulations on your commitment. Expect to see miraculous things as a result of these 21-days of prayer and Fasting
21 Days Fasting & Praying
Pastor’s Corner Table of Content Page 1
Prayer and Fasting Defined The Word on Prayer
The Word on Prayer Daily Meditation
Why do we Fast? When do we Fast?
Prayer Emphasis Submitting Prayer Request
Page 5 What to Eat/What Not to Eat Page 6 What to Eat/What Not to Eat Special Notes Page 7
Weekly Schedule Final Service
PRAYER & FASTING DEFINED
Prayer and fasting is defined as voluntarily going without food in order to focus on prayer and fellowship with God. Prayer and fasting often go hand in hand but this is not always the case. You can pray without fasting and fast without prayer (diet). It is when Prayer and Fasting are combined and dedicated to God’s glory that they reach their full effectiveness.
THE WORD ON PRAYER OLD Testament
The Old Testament law specifically required prayer and fasting for only one occasion, which was the Day of Atonement. This custom became known as “the day of fasting”. Moses fasted during the 40 days and 40 nights he was on Mount Sinal receiving the law from God. (Exodus 34:28)
King Jehoshaphat called for a fast in all Israel when they were about to be attacked by the Moabites and Ammonites. (2 Chronicles 20:3) In response to Jonah’s preaching, the men of Nineveh fasted and put on sackcloth. (Jonah 3:5) David fasted when he learned that Saul and Jonathan had been killed. (2 Samuel 1:12) Nehemiah had a time of prayer and fasting upon learning that Jerusalem was still in ruins. (Nehemiah 1:4)
The Word on Prayer New Testament
Anna “worshipped night and day, fasting and praying” at the Temple. (Luke 2:37) John the Baptist taught his disciples to fast. (Mark 2:18)
Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights before His temptation by Satan. (Matthew 4:2) The church of Antioch fasted (Acts 13:2) and sent Paul and Barnabas off on their missionary journey. (Acts 13:3) Paul and Barnabas spent time in prayer and fasting for the appointment of elders in the churches. (Acts 14:23)
Daily Meditation Scriptures:
Hebrew 13 2 Timothy 1:6 2 Timothy 1:5 Matthew 25:21 Ephesians 3:20 Ephesians 2:10 Mark 2:5 1 Chronicles 14:1 Psalm 23 Deuteronomy 28 2 Corinthians 9:8-9 Genesis 18:14 Romans 5:17 James 4:2 Psalm 2:8 2 Corinthians 4:18 Romans 8:28 Mark 11:23 Deuteronomy 8 Luke 15 Psalms 27
Why Do We Fast
Fasting for Change This 21-Day Fasting and Prayer time is used by CMBC members as a catalyst for personal change. The Fast is designed to pull us away from our daily routine and redirect our focus to the plan and purpose of God for our lives. Fasting for Miracles The 21-Day Fasting and Prayer time is also our time to corporately bombard heaven with our personal, church and global prayer petitions. As a result of our fasting and commitment to fervent corporate prayer we expect to see miracles performed by God’s hand.
When Do We Fast:
Fast Begins The CMBC Annual Corporate fast begins at midnight on March 10, 2013. This means your last meal before the fast should be Saturday night (March 9, 2013) before 12:00 AM Fast Ends The Fast Ends after our worship service on Sunday, March 31, 2013
Corporate Prayer Emphasis Spiritual Maturity
Daily Prayer Emphasis
Study of God Fellowship Repentance Restoration Healing Pastor and First Family Worship Stewardship Serving Prayer Sanctification Appetite Family Marriage Our Youth Finances Protection Provision Body of Christ Nation and World Love
What to Eat/What Not to Eat
Eat one (1) meal per day after 6:00 PM WHAT TO EAT/DRINK Fish Poultry Vegetables Natural Juices Water
WHAT NOT TO EAT/DRINK Red meats Sugar products (candy, cookies, cakes, pies, etc.) Coffee, tea, etc. Sodas FRIED Food Bread Starches & Dairy Products
What to Eat/What Not to Eat Continued Special Notes IMPORTANT REMINDER - Be sure to drink as much WATER as possible throughout the fast. Drink 6 – 8 glasses of water daily during the fast. This is very important! PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS, - use sound judgment when it comes to eating “something light” to take medicines OR commit your fast to eating in the Morning rather than Evening – either way, eat (1) meal daily. What about children? Children, especially small children, will have special needs that must be considered. Under these conditions, find some sacrifice in the area of food that can be made without endangering health. One option is to eliminate sugar, bread and most dairy products.
Daily Schedule Morning Prayer Line Start your day off by joining the pray line and other CMBC members for 30 minutes of prayer! We will agree that God would grant us favor, protection and witnessing opportunities for that particular day. To Join in on the Conference Call Prayer at 6:00-6:30 am Monday—Saturday Dial: 1-218-936-4141 Access Code: 99011 Evening Hour of Power Corporate prayer will be executed in the sanctuary each evening of the 21-days of Prayer and Fasting. To get the most out of this spiritual journey in this year of SPIRITUAL MATURITY consider making a commitment to participate in EVERY evening of prayer at the church. Time Sunday-Saturday: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
My Twenty-One-Day Fast Begins Today! I commit to fast from March 10, 2013 to March 31, 2013 The reason I am fasting: ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ What am I fasting from? ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ The results of my fast: ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________
My Spiritual “Hit List” Unsaved family members and friends to target in prayer during this fast. Write their names in the spaces below: __________ __________ __________ __________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________
I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2, NIV Thoughts for your journal: Do you need a deeper, more intimate, and more powerful relationship with the Lord? Do you need a fresh encounter with God?