21 Days of
Prayer & Fasting
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Day 1 (2nd Feb) | Families
Families are a gift and blessing from God. Pray today for your family’s strength, unity & continued restoration. Pray for your Gateway Family, that we are stirred in togetherness as we commit heart and soul to all that God has for us. That harmony, peace and encouragement will be our fit. ⠀
May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.⠀
Romans 15:5-6 (NLT)
“Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (NLT)⠀
Day 2 (3rd Feb) | Mission
It is our heart at Gateway to echo the heart of God as spoken by Jesus. We are in all ways seeking to fulfil the mission of seeing that all would know God’s love and forgiveness, restoration and renewal. We are committed to doing everything within our power and the empowerment of the Spirit of God to see this happen. This following statement calls us to fulfil the scriptures Jesus released to us all. “We exist to care for our community and connect every individual and their families to God; to see them Reached, Included and Restored. That all would have the opportunity for relationship with God and know God’s grace to all.”⠀
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”⠀
Matthew 28:19-20 (NLT)⠀
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.
Matthew 22:37-38 (NLT)⠀
And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.”⠀
Mark 16:15 (NLT)⠀
Day 3 (4th Feb) | You
Pray today that you would be empowered by the Spirit of God to continue, pursue or begin your journey of discipleship. Pray that this year your hand would be found, your voice would be heard and your heart would ignite for the cause and mission of the Kingdom. Pray that your impact and influence in every sphere where you have been placed, would see Godly fruit and that this year your belonging and contribution be increased in your discipleship walk. ⠀
For we are the product of His hand, heaven’s poetry etched on lives, created in the Anointed, Jesus, to accomplish the good works God arranged long ago.⠀
Ephesians 2:10 (VOICE)⠀
But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.
1 Peter 2:9-10 (MSG)
Day 4 (5th Feb) | Spiritual Gifts
Earnestly desire the Spiritual Gifts. Desire that God reveals them so that you can use them to serve each other and the people that God has called us to love and serve.
1 Corinthians 12:4-11 (NLT)
There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.
A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.
1 Peter 4:10 (NLT)
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.
Day 5 (6th Feb) | Our Greater Community
Ultimately we believe that God has called us to be His hands and feet to our greater community. Pray for our local city and its people. That they would know love, redemption, joy and peace. Pray for our nation and the hearts and souls that dwell here. And pray for our world, that nations would turn to God, and that leaders would be found serving their people with humility and compassion. Pray for those who are living or have been dragged to live outside of the protected margins that we are graced with, that they would be met with mercy, grace, compassion and empathy. Pray that their redemption and freedom would be known by the words, deeds, actions and prayers of those who contribute heart and soul. We choose to join God in all that is part of the mission. When you hear the word missions at Gateway, what we are actually saying is, “We believe that God has commanded us to go to Jerusalem, Samaria and the ends of the earth to share Jesus and see His salvation, compassion and goodness offered to all.”
Jerusalem being Local, Samaria being our Nation and the World being Global.
Acts 1:8 (NLT)
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
Day 6 (7th Feb) | National Focus
Spending time praying for the following;
- Our government and leadership
- Military, police and emergency services
- Drought and natural disasters
- Economic: business and agriculture
- Media, education, health, sport, arts and entertainment industries.
- Justice and righteousness that exalts a nation
Day 7 (8th Feb) | For Those Who Contribute
Pray for workers for the harvest.
Today we pray for those who are committed to contributing and seeing those who don’t know Christ given the grace only He can give. We also pray for our church community that we would be aware that there are so many yet to hear and know. Pray that we would all be invigorated and be sent as workers to this field.
Matthew 9:37-38 (NLT)
He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”
Day 8 (9th Feb) | Our Local Community
Spend time praying for the following;
- Local churches
- Local schools
- Local businesses
- Local council and government
- Our impact locally
Day 9 (10th Feb) | Fan the Flame
2 Timothy 1:6-9 NKJV
“Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,”
As Paul encouraged and championed Timothy in verse 6 above, be encouraged today to stir the gift of the Holy Spirit within you.
Day 10 (11th Feb) | Reaching People
Pray for those separated from God.
Ask God who He would want you to reach this year, write them down and pray over them.
Luke 19:10 (NLT)
For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.
2 Peter 3:9 (NLT)
The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.
“We see a Church where all can come into relationship with God and follow Jesus.”
Day 11 (12th Feb) | Unity & Togetherness
We see a Church that grows together and walks together as a community of people that demonstrates the Heart of Christ in Words and Actions. (Acts 2:42 – fellowship, breaking bread, The Word of God and prayer)
Ephesians 4:2-6 (NLT)
Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, in all, and living through all.”
Acts 2:42 (NLT)
All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.
Day 12 (13th Feb) | Generosity
Generosity starts in those who have our heart. We are committed to generosity. We are committed to being generous with families, friends, encouragement, service, love and finances.
In fact, we choose to be generous with every good thing that God has been generous to us with. It is part of our character and it is part of our culture. It overflows from His abundance and we choose to be stewards of this generosity!
We encourage you today to wrestle with this truth. Pray, fast & listen as God journeys you toward living bigger and more Christlike.
2 Corinthians 9:7-8 (NLT)
You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. ‘For God loves a person who gives cheerfully’. And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.
1 Timothy 6:6-10 (NIV)
But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs
1 Timothy 6:17-19 (NIV)
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
Day 13 (14th Feb) | Connect Groups
Your involvement with and engagement in Connect Groups will lead you to be a person who expands in relationship with God and others whilst continually growing more Christ-like.
Community Connect Groups are where the heartbeat of our church is on display. Each week or fortnight you gather with friends and family to encourage each other, laugh, cry, share mountains and valleys, and ultimately grow together in your understanding of what and how the Word of God calls each of us to serve the kingdom of God.
Today let us pray that each group member has a fresh revelation that their group is a light to their suburb as much as it is a place of refuge and safety for them..
Acts 2:46 (AMPC)
And day after day they regularly assembled in the temple with united purpose, and in their homes they broke bread [including the Lord’s Supper]. They partook of their food with gladness and simplicity and generous hearts.
Day 14 (15th Feb) | Leaders
Today, let us pray for the leaders in our nation and states. Those elected and non-elected. Pray that their hearts be lifted, that their minds be clear and that their decisions and impact be life-giving,
Political: Community leaders, local, state and federal.
Church: Pastors, board, departments.
1 Timothy 2:1-4 (NLT)
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.”
Day 15 (16th Feb) | Personal Focus
Spend time praying for the following;
- Personal growth and relationship with God
- My family
- My relationships: marriage and friendships
- Physical health and healing
- Financial and God’s provision
- God’s purpose for my life
- Opportunities to serve and to lead people to Jesus.
Day 16 (17th Feb) | Fruit of the Spirit
Pray that God continues to speak to us and that the gifts of the Spirit would continue to form deeply in us and flow freely out of us.
Galatians 5:22-24 (MSG)
But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.
Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified.
Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”
Day 17 (18th Feb) | Healing & Renewal
Spiritual, physical and emotional health. Today we pray for ourselves, our families, our friends and strangers who become neighbours. Pray that through God’s power, spirit and grace we would be found responsive and proactive to pursue health and renewal in our spiritual walk, our physical health and our soul / emotions. Pray that we would give ourselves over to being more Christlike, so that our interactions with others would bring people to a revelation of what God can do and who God really is. As we allow God and His profound wisdom to penetrate deep into our hearts, it brings life and healing to our whole body.
Proverbs 4:21-23 (NLT)
Don’t lose sight of them.
Let them penetrate deep into your heart,
for they bring life to those who find them,
and healing to their whole body.
Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.
Proverbs 3:5-10 (NLT)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.
Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom.
Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
Then you will have healing for your body
and strength for your bones.
Honor the Lord with your wealth
and with the best part of everything you produce.
Then he will fill your barns with grain,
and your vats will overflow with good wine.”
Day 18 (19th Feb) | Created Identity / Image
Are you still found in awe and wonder as God continues to reveal your identity and purpose? Are you continually having your image and identity unwrapped after meeting Jesus?
Each generation needs someone to stand in their original created identity.
You can look at countless examples of this in the Bible, one of them Joseph in Genesis 45. He realised that although life was challenging and his brothers betrayed him, that God had a bigger plan. In Genesis 45:7 we read – “God has sent me ahead of you to keep you and your families alive and to preserve many survivors. So it was God who sent me here, not you!”
What image and identity are you revealing to those who have done wrong by you?
During this time of prayer and fasting allow God to heal you so that peace and compassion exude through your image and identity. Remember, your original image and purpose was created in His!
Genesis 1:26-28 (VOICE)
God: Now let Us conceive a new creation—humanity—made in Our image, fashioned according to Our likeness. And let Us grant them authority over all the earth—the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, the domesticated animals and the small creeping creatures on the earth.
So God did just that. He created humanity in His image, created them male and female. Then God blessed them and gave them this directive: “Be fruitful and multiply. Populate the earth. I make you trustees of My estate, so care for My creation and rule over the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and every creature that roams across the earth.””
Day 19 (20th Feb) | Pursuit of a Disciple
We, as a people, are committed to following, obeying, representing the teachings of Jesus.
John 14:23 (NLT)
Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them.
We are committed to developing the habits of a disciple, reproducing and living ready.
Colossians 3:9-10 (NLT)
Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.
Pray that today and always we would find ourselves, our church and our church culture in pursuit of following, obeying, and representing the teachings of Jesus in words, actions and deeds. Pray that our image and identity would become more like Jesus every day.
Day 20 (21st Feb) | Missions
When you hear the word ‘missions’ at Gateway, what we are actually saying is – “We believe that God has commanded us to go to Jerusalem, Samaria and the ends of the earth to share Jesus and see His salvation, compassion and goodness offered to all.”
Jerusalem being Local, Samaria being our Nation and the World being Global.
There are many reasons that we choose to be active in mission and contributors to the mission. The core reason for our response, compassion and passion toward this is framed out of the Bible. The following scriptures capture our desire to partner with and for the kingdom. Simply put – “That God would be made known both locally and globally to the hearts of all humanity.”
Pray for the missions initiatives we support as a church;
Church Planting, Compassion, ACCI Missions & Relief, Middle East, Israel, Bus Ministry, Student Services, Community Pantry and Youth Alive Victoria.
When it comes to Mission at Gateway;
It is our heart in motivation, words, actions and deeds to fervently embrace the mission of the Kingdom. To partner with Him in actively pursuing and fulfilling the command of Jesus – “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” You can collect a missions booklet at church on Sunday from The Community Hub in the foyer.
As part of our prayer for missions, we lift up the people of Israel. Our hearts and prayers echo Romans 10:1 – “Dear brothers and sisters, the longing of my heart and my prayer to God is for the people of Israel to be saved.”
Day 21 (22nd Feb) | For God’s Kingdom to Come
Let’s join together and believe that, for our church and every church the world over, that the Kingdom of God would be displayed and revealed in the hearts of people. We are called for this time. We are called to be active and on the move. Let’s agree today that the will of the Father be continually revealed in and through us and that hearts be revived and renewed.
Your Personal Guide to Prayer & Fasting
This information will help you have an amazing fast so that you can focus on getting the most out of prayer and fasting as described below!
We have provided a PDF copy of “Your Personal Guide to Prayer & Fasting” by Bill Bright.
Click here to read or download the PDF.
Purposes for Fasting
- Let it – strengthen our prayer
- Let us – seek God’s guidance for us as individuals and as a local church.
- Let us – humble ourselves before God.
- Let us – pray and fast to overcome temptations & challenges and dedicate ourselves to God for His plans for us as individuals and corporately as His Church, both now and in this season; Just as Christ did for 40 days and forty nights when entering His call.
- To express our love and worship to God – to grow in our relationship with God.
- Fasting can be an expression of worship.
- Fasting teamed with prayer and worship brings us closer spiritually in relationship and purpose with God.
The goal of fasting is to draw nearer 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. God desires to bring into our lives.
Why Should I Fast?
When we fast, we deny ourselves things we love for something we love even more. There are many ways to fast – all foods, partial fasts, and adding a soul fast to your food based fast like media, tv, magazines etc .
What does the Bible say about fasting?
Biblical fasting, unlike fasting for medical or health reasons, must be done with an attitude of seriousness and sincerity. When we fast, we willingly deprive the body of nourishment and the pleasurable taste of food. The body requires food for sustenance; therefore our hearts and minds must be totally focused and directed towards God so that He may be the full source of our strength during our period of fasting. Fasting must also be done in an attitude of humility. It is not necessary for others to know we are fasting; it is directed towards God.
But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you
In addition to our attitudes towards God and our stance before man, our motives must also be correct. We should fast in order to further the building up of God’s kingdom by seeking to minister to others. The prophet Isaiah received from the Lord the acceptable motives for our fasts:
Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter — when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Fasts may last for varying lengths of time — one day, three days, seven days, and more. We should prayerfully seek the Lord about the length of our fast. Fasting should have an object in mind; we should have a clear idea of the need and purpose. One of the most pressing reasons for Christian fasting may be revival.
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.
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. The next one is to be used for those with medical conditions or health issues if your Doctor advises against full or partial fasting. We also recommend adding the following type of practice to a complete, partial, & selective fast. The thought behind this is that you cut out all the extra noise and distraction.
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. If it is within your ability and strength to stretch yourself for one of the food fasts, we highly recommend doing so. One last thing… Remember the focus of prayer & fasting is to quiet ourselves & our souls before God in prayer, fasting and worship to hear clearly and have ourselves emptied of things and refilled with His purposes and direction.