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1 Timothy 6:12


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Whatever impossible situation you're facing, don't get distraught. Seek Him, fast, and pray.

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2014 Prayer & Fasting

January 6 - 10

We are calling on everyone to join our prayer and fasting. This is the time of year when we corporately consecrate ourselves, our families, and ministries to God. Believe God for victories and breakthroughs in every area of your life this year.

Practical Guide

to Prayer & Fasting

. . . "Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD
will do amazing things among you."

Joshua 3:5

 

Throughout history, God has called on His people to humble themselves through fasting and prayer. Fasting is a spiritual weapon God uses to advance His kingdom, change the destiny of nations, spark revival, and bring victory in people’s lives. There is something powerful that happens when we voluntarily humble ourselves, seek God’s will, and agree with Him for His purposes to be fulfilled.

As a spiritual family, we begin each new year with a season of prayer and fasting. It is our way of humbling ourselves before God and consecrating to Him the upcoming year. It is also the time when we corporately come into agreement and believe together for breakthroughs in our personal lives, families, finances, and churches.

Over the years, as a result of this time of prayer, we have seen people receive healing, salvation, promotion, direction, family restoration, miraculous provision, and tremendous growth in their discipleship groups and churches. One of the highlights is always seeing and hearing testimonies of how God answers over and beyond what people ask.

As you begin your fast this year, believe in your heart, by faith, that this is your year of miracles and answered prayers.

Why Fast?

Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the LORD your God, and cry out to the LORD.

Joel 1:14

When a man is willing to set aside the legitimate appetites of the body to concentrate on the work of praying, he is demonstrating that he means business, that he is seeking with all his heart, and will not let God go unless He answers.
— Arthur Wallis
  1. Jesus fasted.

    1Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. 2After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.

    Matthew 4:1,2

    Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside.

    Luke 4:14

    Before He began His ministry, Jesus fasted forty days. He knew He was going to need spiritual strength to fulfill His purposes. Fasting makes us physically weak but spiritually strong and prepares us to do God’s work.

  2. Fasting is an act of humility and consecration.

    . . . I put on sackcloth and humbled myself with fasting. . . .

    Psalm 35:13

    Humility results in the grace of God. When we humble ourselves in prayer, we have instant access to the heart of God. As we deny ourselves as an act of consecration, we are better able to exercise self-control. We can keep our emotions and desires under control.

  3. Fasting helps us become sensitive to the Holy Spirit.

    While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”

    Acts 13:2

    When we deny ourselves of our natural cravings, our spiritual antennas become sharper. We become more sensitive to His voice as we divest ourselves of worldly distractions. We are better able to focus on God and submit to His will. This opens the door for the Holy Spirit into our lives.

  4. Fasting brings revival.

    2. . . in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the LORD given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years. 3So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes.

    Daniel 9:2,3

    Fasting helps us prevail in prayer and intercession. Daniel understood that Israel was headed for destruction. He also knew that in times like these, there is only one recourse—intercession through praying and fasting. Throughout human history, God has brought revival and delivered nations from destruction in response to prayer and fasting.

  5. Fasting is healthy.

    Fasting cleanses your digestive system from toxins. Doctors consider fasting a cure for certain allergies and diseases. By learning to deny ourselves and exercising discipline, fasting breaks unhealthy addictions in our lives.

Preparing to Fast

“Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”

Esther 4:16

Fasting reduces the power of self so that the Holy Spirit can do a more intense work within us.
— Bill Bright
  1. Be in faith!

    Prayerfully and thoughtfully fill out the prayer points page of this guide. Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. Be clear and specific about your faith goals in your personal life, family, finances, and church. These are what you will be believing God for during the fast and the entire year. Expect God to answer. Maintain a thankful heart throughout and after the fast.

  2. Commit to a type of fast.

    We encourage everyone to commit to a water only or liquid fast. However, we understand that some are unable to do so because of certain circumstances, such as pregnancy, a physically demanding profession, and medical conditions. If you belong to this category, there are alternatives—you may choose to do a combination fast. You may do a liquid fast for two days and then a one-meal-a-day fast for the next three, for example, or any other combination according to your need or situation.

    Pray about the kind of fast you will undertake and commit to it. Do not decide on a day-to-day basis. Commit before the fast and be determined. Ask God for grace.

  3. Plan your calendar.

    Plan your calendar. Limit your physical and social activities during this period. You need to conserve physical energy and devote more time to prayer and reading the Bible.

  4. Prepare spiritually.

    More than anything, our annual fast is a time when we believe God for a fresh encounter with Him. Be prepared to have the Holy Spirit put His finger on an area in your life that needs to change. Repentance is the foundation of prayer and fasting. Be ready to repent and change, and be transformed. Surrender everything to Him. Be completely open.

  5. Prepare physically.

    Be smart as you enter into this fast. Do not go to a buffet restaurant on the eve of the fast, hoping to stock up on food in your body. The key is to gradually prepare your body. Start eating smaller portions and meals seven days before you begin your fast. Avoid food that is high in sugar and fat. Two days prior to the fast, eat raw fruit and vegetables only. Consult a physician if you need to.

During the Fast

16“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 17But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18so 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.”

Matthew 6:16-18

The record of the whole Bible indicates that prayer and fasting combined constitute the strongest weapon committed to God’s believers.
— Dr. Mary Ruth Swope
  1. Seek the Lord.

    Commit to prayer and Bible reading the times you usually allocate for meals. Join at least one prayer meeting in your local church. Call your local church for the scheduled prayer meetings during the fast. Be ready to respond when you hear from God.

    This guide also has a devotional that we encourage you to go through during the fast.

  2. Commit to change.

    Whatever God tells you or puts His finger upon, apply it immediately. If you need to make restitution, immediately contact people you have broken relationships with. If there are habits that need to change, make the adjustment immediately. Ask a trusted leader or friend from your church to hold you accountable.

  3. Practical tips

    1. Avoid medical and even natural herbal drugs. However, if you are under medication, these should only be withdrawn upon the advice of your doctor.
    2. Limit your physical activity and exercise. If you have a workout routine, adjust it accordingly. A daily two to five kilometer walk should be your maximum amount of exercise during an extended fast.
    3. Rest as much as you can.
    4. Maintain an attitude of prayer throughout the day. Intercede for your family, pastors, church, nation, our missionaries, world missions, etc.
    5. Drink plenty of clean water.
    6. As your body adjusts, be prepared for temporary bouts of physical weakness as well as mental annoyances like impatience, irritability, and anxiety.
Breaking the Fast

Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.

Acts 14:23

If our fasting is not unto God, we have failed. Physical benefits, success in prayer, the enduring with power, spiritual insights — these must never replace God as the center of our fasting.
— Richard Foster
  1. Reintroduce solid food gradually.

    You should break your fast the same way you prepared for it. It will take your body just as many days you fasted to adjust to a normal diet. Begin eating gradually. Don’t eat solid food immediately after your fast. Start with fruits, juices, and salad. Then, you can begin adding vegetables and boiled potato. Take it slowly from there. Eat small portions spread throughout the day.

  2. Continue praying.

    Don’t let your prayer life end on the day you finish the fast. Build from the momentum you gained during the fast. Let it transform your prayer and devotional life. Carry the newfound passion with you throughout the year.

  3. Be expectant.

    Be in faith and believe God to answer your prayers soon! Don’t give up, persevere in prayer even if you don’t see the answers immediately. Make sure you keep the copy of your prayer points. You can check it at the end of the year and see how God has answered your prayers. It can be your thanksgiving list at the end of the year.

Conclusion

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us . . .`

Ephesians 3:20

Fasting in the biblical sense is choosing not to partake of food because your spiritual hunger is so deep, your determination in intercession so intense, or your spiritual warfare so demanding that you have temporarily set aside even fleshly needs to give yourself to prayer and meditation.
— Wesley Duewel

Our annual prayer and fasting gives us the opportunity to realign our lives according to His will and consecrate the coming year to Him. As we humble ourselves corporately to Him in prayer, we can expect Him to move mightily in our midst. God’s will is for all of us to experience breakthrough and victory in our lives. Be in faith for God to move miraculously in your life this year beyond what you can ask or imagine. You have a fresh mandate. Be ready to accomplish greater things for God this year!

Devotionals

The Belt of Truth

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist . . .

Ephesians 6:14

Spiritual conflict is a reality all disciples will face in the course of following Jesus. The Apostle Paul warns us that we have spiritual enemies who will oppose us as we live for Christ and obey His command to make disciples of all nations. The good news, however, is that God has provided spiritual weapons by which we can overcome all the schemes of the devil.

Ephesians 6:10,11 tells us to “be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power,” and to “put on the full armor of God.” We must realize that we battle from a position of strength and power through Christ, who already triumphed over all powers and authorities by the cross (Colossians 2:15). We want to understand and appropriate this full armor in this time of prayer and fasting, believing that we will experience His victory in our lives throughout this year!

In the ancient world, a Roman soldier’s belt not only kept his armor in place, but it was wide enough to protect his kidneys and other vital organs. Likewise, the truth of God’s Word protects us and prepares us to fight the good fight of faith. The belt of truth needs to be put on tightly and securely in order for us to fight efficiently.

Jesus identified the devil as the “father of lies”(John 8:44), and deception is one of the enemy’s oldest schemes (Genesis 3:13). We can discern and deflect Satan’s lies by holding them against the truth of God’s Word.

The belt of truth keeps us secure in Christ and makes effective all the other pieces of armor—it holds the whole armor in place. As we prepare for this year’s prayer and fasting, let us commit ourselves to live in the light of God’s truth daily.

Reflect

  • Based on John 1:17, where does truth come from?
  • What did Jesus say we must do so that we can know the truth (John 8:31,32)? What is the result of knowing the truth?

Respond

  • Ask God to reveal some lies of the enemy you may have believed that need to be replaced with the truth. Spend some time searching the Scriptures and praying.
  • Regularly reading the Word creates a reservoir of truth in our lives. On a scale of one to ten, rate yourself on how consistently you read your Bible (ten for daily and one for rarely/not consistent). Make the necessary adjustments and ask God for grace to be consistent in your Bible reading (Psalm 1:2; Joshua 1:8).
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Times & Locations

Here are the daily prayer meeting schedules in our Metro Manila locations for our 2014 Prayer and Fasting. We hope you can join us at a Victory center nearest you.

Victory Center Time Location
Victory Alabang 7 PM 4/L Festival Supermall
Filinvest Corporate City
Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Victory Caloocan 7 PM 6/F Victory Central Mall
Caloocan City
Victory Fort Bonifacio 12 NN
7 PM
2F Every Nation Building
32nd Street corner University Parkway
Bonifacio Global City
Taguig City
Victory Greenhills 7 PM 4F V-Mall
Greenhills Shopping Center
Greenhills, San Juan
Victory Makati 12 NN
7 PM
Makati Sports Club
L.P. Leviste corner Gallardo Streets
Salcedo Village, Makati City
Victory Malate 12 NN
6:30 PM
LifeBox Malate Center
3/F University Mall
2507 Taft Avenue
Malate, Manila
Victory Metro East 6 PM
7:15 PM
Level 4, West Wing
Robinsons Metro East
Marcos Highway corner Felix Avenue
Brgy. Dela Paz, Pasig City
Victory Muntinlupa 7 PM 3F/4F La Rychean Building
176 National Road
Bgy. Tunasan
Muntinlupa
Victory Nova 7 PM Level 3, Robinsons Place Novaliches
Baranggay Pasong-Putik, Quirino Highway
Novaliches, Quezon City
Victory Ortigas 12 NN
6:30 PM
4F West Wing
Robinsons Galleria
EDSA corner Ortigas Avenue
Quezon City
Victory Pasig 7 PM Victory Center
Yakal Street
Brgy. Kapasigan
Pasig City
Victory Pioneer 7 PM 3F Robinsons Pioneer
30 EDSA corner Pioneer Street
Mandaluyong City
Victory Quezon City 7 PM 5F Regis Center
327 Katipunan Avenue
Loyola Heights
Quezon City
Victory Santa Rosa 7 PM The Monochrome
Evozone cor. Venado St.
Nuvali
City of Santa Rosa, Laguna
Victory U-Belt 7 PM Unit 302 Saint Thomas Square
España Boulevard corner P. Campa Street
Sampaloc, Manila

Testimonies

  • My father had a heart attack in December 2011. In the 2012 fasting, I prayed for his healing and provision for our hospital bills. God is so faithful! Provisions came in and my father was discharged a day after the end of the fast. Thank you, Jesus!

    Clarissa, Victory U-Belt
  • I sought God for physical healing from one of my salivary glands during the 2012 Prayer and Fasting. By the end of that month, my doctor told me that I was healed completely. Praise God!

    Ally, Victory Fort
  • During the 2011 Prayer and Fasting, one of my faith goals was to receive a 50% salary increase. I received almost a 70% increase in my salary a couple of months after. And now my salary has doubled from when 2011 started. God is truly amazing!

    Ann, Victory Greenhills
  • Recently I was considering taking up units in Speech Communication/Mass Communication. My only hindrance in doing so was finances. I had to prioritize other things more than going back to school. But on Day One of the fast (January 7), someone texted me and told me that she will pay for my tuition fee in full.

    Avon, Victory U-Belt
  • Our family faced very difficult financial issues in 2011. My husband and I prayed and fasted for employment during the 2012 Prayer and Fasting. On the third day of the fast, a company called my husband and offered him a job with a salary much higher than we expected and he got promoted on the spot. Praise God for that!

    RV, Victory Metro East
  • After years of struggle with loans and debt, my family is now debt-free!

    Denise, Victory U-Belt
  • I prayed and fasted for my husband’s salvation. He’s been joining me at Sunday services before, but has not really accepted Jesus and his Lord and Savior. Before the year ended, he finished Victory Weekend, understood salvation and real faith, and surrendered his life to God. We now attend Family Life Groups and are being mentored by other godly couples.

    Kai, Victory Cebu
  • After the January 9 prayer meeting, I was really happy to hear that my brother decided to accept Jesus Christ as His Lord and Savior! My mother and I have been praying about it for the longest time and now God answered it. Glory to our Father!

    Jing, Victory Pioneer
  • I prayed for the salvation of my family last year. Now, my two sisters are now being discipled! One is now done with Victory Weekend. The other is done with ONE 2 ONE and is now consistently attending victory group in Victory Metro East. God is awesome!

    Ronnie, Victory U-Belt
  • I asked God for career direction in the 2012 Prayer and Fasting. I was dissatisfied in my current job and was ready to resign. God answered my prayer: I got promoted and my employers began to recognize my output. Staying longer in the company I work for also became an opportunity to lead my officemates to Jesus!

    Claudine, Victory Ortigas
  • I prayed for career growth in our last Prayer and Fasting, and God was faithful to answer my prayer! I’ve been consistently part of Top 10 Performers of the month in my account, and was part of the Top 5 for the third quarter!

    Jen, Victory Fort
  • I prayed for a restoration of relationship with my best friend. A few months later, she contacted me and our friendship has certainly improved. Praise God for He certainly is faithful. He delights in restored relationships.

    Nina, Victory Pioneer
  • I’ve been praying for sales and financial breakthrough during our Mid-Year Prayer and Fasting. God is good! On the second day of the fast, I closed sales amounting to PHP 10,000,000. I am so grateful! Indeed, He is good all the time!

    Marie, Victory Ortigas
  • During the January 2013 Prayer and Fasting, I was in faith that God would provide for me to pay off all my debts and start a small business of my own. Just recently, I opened a shoe shop, and a small gym is under construction, too. Best of all, I’m debt-free!

    Lucy, Victory Makati
  • One of my faith goals in the beginning of 2013 was promotion in my profession as an accountant. Looking back then, it really seemed so impossible. But God is faithful! I got promoted in June. Praise God!

    Dane Justine, Victory Ortigas
  • I prayed and fasted last January 2013 for a job. After a month, I was employed in a job with a three-month contract. Before my contract ended, another company called me and offered me a full-time job. God is good!

    Hannah, Victory Alabang
  • One of my faith goals is to start an investment (stock market) and to get an insurance for myself. I was planning to get a minimum amount for my insurance but God provided overflowing finances. God doubled my target amount for my investment and insurance, and I was able to give a monthly support to the Every Nation Building Phase 2, and monthly gift for Kids Church.

    Anonymous
  • Knowing that I started as a freelance writer for January 2013, many of my friends (outside church) doubted my obedience to God's will when I resigned and left the corporate world last December 2012. But surely if you are working for God and you know where your blessings came from, then there is no limit. God can extremely bless you wherever you are, the secret is the heart of obedience.

    Tin, Victory Makati
  • I have been part of our prayer and fasting activities since 2012. I believed God for out-of-the-country trips to different nations. In 2012, I was able to go abroad in Brisbane for the first time, with all expenses paid! After that, I had the opportunity to go to Sydney this year, and this July I’ll be going to Hong Kong! God can really sweep us off our feet!

    Daisy, Victory Quezon City
  • One of my faith goals this year is a salary increase in order to pay for my condo that is scheduled to be turned over this year, continue my support to campus and world missionaries, and to be able to provide for my family (being a breadwinner). Last March, God asked me to pledge for another missionary in Japan. The day after I decided to pledge, I received the good news ‒ a job promotion and a salary increase (highest increase so far in my five years in the company)! All glory to Him!

    Jasser, Victory Makati
  • The Manulife Stars of Excellence awards is a prestigious honor given only to the top performing individuals in the company. Less than one percent globally are given such an honor. While I didn't think I would get such honor because I'm new to the company (barely two years; the other winners have been in the company way longer), I prayed earnestly that my hard work and my team's diligence, perseverance, and creativity would be blessed with this nomination.

    Anonymous
  • God answered my prayer and granted this. I received the award last June 12, and was flown by the company to Canada to receive the award. The trip to Canada also involved a side trip to the US. I also indicated in my January 2013 Prayer and Fasting faith goals that I wanted to travel to these two countries and God granted me even that ‒ all expenses paid for by the company!

    Salie, Victory Makati

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