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2016 Mid - Year Prayer & Fasting

July 5 - 7

Mid Year Prayer And Fasting 2016

Posted by Victory on Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Practical Guide

to Prayer & Fasting

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

Joshua 3:5

 

Why Fast?

We are calling on every church member to join our mid-year prayer and fasting. We are taking time to reflect on God’s goodness and faithfulness, while continuing to believe Him for greater things. Together, let’s keep daring to believe God!

We fast because:

  • Jesus fasted.
  • Fasting is an act of humility and consecration.
  • Fasting helps us become sensitive to the Holy Spirit.
  • Fasting brings revival.
  • Fasting is healthy.

6“Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? 7Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?”

Isaiah 58:6-7

Prepare physically and spiritually for the fast. Visit victory.org.ph/fasting2016 for a study on the importance of fasting, as well as a practical guide for prayer and fasting.

Preparing to Fast
  • Pray. Be in faith as you prayerfully and thoughtfully fill out the following pages in this devotional. Write your answered prayers for 2015, and dare to believe God for greater things in 2016. Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance.
  • Commit to a type of fast. Do not decide on a day-to-day basis. Commit before the fast, and be determined. Fasting options include:
    • water only
    • liquid only
    • one meal only
    • other kinds of fasts (e.g. a combination of these; no TV or social media)
  • Prepare your body gradually for the fast. Start eating smaller portions and meals made of raw fruits or vegetables two days before Day 1. Avoid food that is high in sugar and fat.
  • Plan your calendar. Limit physical and social activities during the fast, conserve energy, and spend more time in prayer and reading the Bible.
  • Consult a physician if you need to. If your situation does not allow you to fast, determine what will work best for you. Such circumstances include pregnancy, a physically demanding profession, and medical conditions.
  • Ask a family member or friend to be your prayer partner throughout the fast, and list his/her prayer points in this devotional as well.

Then Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”

Joshua 3:5

While Fasting
  • Thank God for what He is doing. Be ready to hear and receive direction from Him.
  • Believe God for a fresh encounter with Him. Invite the Holy Spirit to put His finger on specific areas in your life that need to change. Be completely open to God and ready to repent.
  • Seek God. During mealtime, read the Bible and pray instead. Join prayer meetings at your church.
  • Pray throughout the day. Intercede for your family, church, pastors, nation, campuses, missions . . . Dare to believe God!
  • Drink plenty of water. Rest as much as you can. As your body adjusts to the fast, be ready for temporary bouts of physical weakness and mental annoyances, such as impatience, irritability, and anxiety.

17”But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”

Matthew 6:17-18

Breaking the Fast
  • Eat and reintroduce solid food gradually. Break your fast the same way you prepared for it, since your body needs time to adjust to a normal diet. Start with fruits, juices, and salad, then add more vegetables. Eat small portions throughout the day.
  • Pray and believe God for more. Build from the momentum you gained during the fast. Carry your newfound passion for God throughout the year. Believe God to answer your prayers and be in faith. Don’t give up!

8“Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. 9Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’ . . .”

Isaiah 58:8,9

Devotionals

Faith to Speak

But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed.”

Matthew 8:8

The centurion was a man of great authority; his very word demanded absolute obedience from the soldiers under him and the servants in his house. He understood that a word becomes a command when the one who speaks it has the authority.

When the centurion met Jesus, he knew he was meeting someone with the greatest authority. He fully understood that Jesus could command with a word, and it would be done. This gave him the audacity to speak the way he did and believe that Jesus could heal with His words, just as easily as with a touch.

Today, Jesus still has the greatest authority in heaven and on earth. And we, as His disciples, can speak words of faith in the authority of His name. Fully understanding the power of His Word will enable us to be audacious in our faith—to see God move, to step out in faith, to see hearts change, and to see miracles happen.

Jesus has the greatest authority in heaven and on earth.

Reflect

  • According to 2 Corinthians 4:13,14, why are we able to speak words of faith?
  • Read Matthew 17:19,20. What does this teach you about prayer and faith?

Respond

  • In what situation in your life do you need to speak faith? How will you apply the truth of God’s Word to your situation today?
  • Write your top three audacious prayer requests for the rest of the year. Share it with those in your Victory group so you can declare God’s Word over your situation.

Downloads

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