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21 Days of Prayer & Fasting

Hi LifeHouse,

 

Welcome to the beginning of an exciting season as we prepare to “GROW” together. Ephesians 3:16-17 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.

 

 

Where do you draw your nutrients from? Here we are told that as we grow down into God's love we will discover an inner strength. What an incredible promise! So over the next three weeks, we’ll be creating more room for God in our lives, through 21 days of prayer and fasting.

 

 

On the weekend just gone I began this series, GROW, by talking about the motivation for fasting.

If you missed it you can catch up here

 

 

In this email, I intend to cover some practical areas of fasting that will help you decide the most effective way for you to participate.

 

 

Fasting simply means abstaining from food or drink for a period of time. The options within that definition are almost endless. 

 

 

In addition to that, it’s important to consider that in our society, food isn’t the thing that dominates our thinking like it did for those who lived at the time the bible was written. We are amongst the most blessed people in history who have an accessibility to food like no other generation has experienced. But we do have other things that consume us and distract us from growing spiritually; social media, after hours work, hobbies and so on. 

 

 

During a period of fasting is a great time to consider putting distractions aside for the purpose of creating more space in your life for God. 

 

 

It’s important to know that fasting is a spiritual discipline that you grow in as you participate. Just like you wouldn’t expect to be an expert golfer on your first swing (although that is my expectation), you shouldn’t expect to be a pro faster on your first attempt. The main thing is to participate and to ask lots of questions of someone who can coach you through your experience.

 

 

Over the years, Cie and I have fasted in many different ways. More recently, we’ve found our fasting groove through the “Daniel Fast”. This comes from the Old Testament story where Daniel committed to only eating fruit, vegetables and nuts, instead of what the foreign king was offering. Fasting this way enables us to effectively function in our responsibilities while still causing us to experience the physical hunger that reminds us of why we are doing this. “People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matt 4:4 NLT). 

 

 

The Daniel Fast is just one option. You could choose to remove one meal from your day or certain foods from your diet. You could choose to only eat between certain hours or to only consume liquids. You could participate in one of these suggestions every second day. You could fast on the weekends, or on weekdays. What we must be reminded of is that there is nowhere near as much value in what we do as there is in why we do it. 

 

 

When you work out why you are fasting, then decide what you are fasting and stick to it. 

 

 

For those who have medical conditions that come with dietary requirements, pregnant or breastfeeding mothers, you are in no way excluded from participating. Seek advice from your doctor in relation to a food related fast or look for other distractions you can remove. 

 

 

My final encouragement is this; don’t fast alone. Grab yourself a fasting buddy. Or jump on board with your Connect Group. Let them know what God has been revealing to you through the fast. Pray for each other and encourage one another as you grow in your relationship with God.

 

 

For those of you on the Coffs Coast, here are a few important dates to put in your calendar; Wednesday 10th and Friday 26th of February. On Wednesday 10th we will be gathering on Gallows Headland at 6am to pray for God's blessing over our community. Then, on Friday 26th, we will be storming heaven as we gather to worship from 9pm till midnight at the Coffs Campus. These times are always memorable as we encounter God together.

 

 

Finally, we'll be encouraging everyone to join a 21 day prayer and fasting devotional via our LifeHouse Church TV App. You can download our App here

 

Keep an eye out on socials and our App later this week for a selection of devotions that can accompany your prayer and fasting time.

 

 

If you have any more questions, please email them to pray@lifehouse.net.au and we will address them directly.

 

 

With love,

 

Lotty and Cie

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Hi LifeHouse,

As Ps. Lotty mentioned in his email sent out on Monday, here are the links to six different bible plans. We've selected a variety of plans so feel free to check them all out and see which one suits you best in preparation for starting on Sunday.

You can view all these plans in our App, click on Grow from the home page to see the list. If you have the YouVersion Bible App on your phone then it will open the plan up in your app. You can

download our App here

download the YouVersion Bible App here

 

21 Day Bible Plans :

 

21 Days of Fasting & Prayer
Great for beginners, focused on Spiritual disciplines

 

How to Pray
21 days on prayer, medium length devotionals

21 Days of Prayer
Covers a different topic daily, medium length devotionals


Forward: 21 Days of Fasting and Prayer

Read through Acts, medium length devotionals
 

21 Day Fast, Read, Pray

Read through the whole New Testament

21 Days to a Teenager's Spiritual Change
One key thing daily to impact a young person's life

We pray that this resource will bring greater impact to your life as we pray and fast together.

TO GROW THE CHURCH FOR GLOBAL IMPACT