21 Days of Prayer & Fasting – 2020

21 Days of Prayer & Fasting – 2020

January 6-26, 2020

Information About Fasting

What Is Fasting?

The noun ‘fast, a fasting’ simply means voluntary abstinence from food. Throughout scripture fasting refers to abstaining from food for spiritual purposes.

What Is The Purpose Of Fasting?

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.

Are There Different Types Of Fasts?

The Absolute Fast … allows no food or water at all and should be short in duration.

The Normal Fast … is going without food for a definite period during which you ingest only liquids (water & or juice). The duration can be from 1-40 days. Extreme care should be taken in longer fasts, which should only be attempted after seeking medical advice from your physician.

The Partial Fast … is one that omits certain foods or is on a schedule that includes limited eating. It may consist of just eating one small meal each day. Eating only fresh vegetables is also a good partial fast. Elijah, John the Baptist and Daniel are examples of those who participated in partial fasts.

What Kind Of Fast Should I Do?

There are different things that will affect what kind of fast you choose.  We are all at varying stages in our spiritual life and relationship with the Lord; which may determine what we choose to do.  There are those who have health concerns and may be limited in their ability to participate.  Some may simply have never done something like this and be wary of trying it, but we want to encourage as many people as possible to participate in what can be an exciting spiritual adventure.

An additional way everyone can participate is to think of expanding the definition of ‘fasting’ past giving up food to choose one thing that gives us pleasure to what the Bible calls “our flesh”.  [Examples:  TV, Social Media, Sports, Entertainment, Hobbies] and to use that time to renew our focus on God by spending time in Bible reading and prayer.

Freeport Campus Prayer Points
  1. That God would continue to grow our Kidzlink and Crave ministry by drawing young families so that we can effectively raise, train, and influence the next generation for Christ. That God would strategically bring in children that have been called to carry the passion of God to their generation.
  2. That everyone who calls Freeport campus home would experience the favor and grace of God like never before and that we would receive and EXPERIENCE all that God has for us spiritually, physically, emotionally, relationally, and financially.
  3. That we would continue to see new families come and be made whole by the message of Jesus and the finished work of redemption.

Corporate Prayer Times:

Wednesdays | 12:00 PM & 6:30 PM

Galena Campus Prayer Points
  1. That we would be stirred to embrace our calling to share Jesus as our message.
  2. That our NextGen ministry would experience growth spiritually, numerically and that the leaders would continue to be empowered to lead and teach with the giftings of the Holy Spirit.
  3. That the Lord would continue to pour out His favor, blessings, and provision on us as a campus as well as on each of our families.

Corporate Prayer Times:

Sundays | 9:00 AM
Wednesdays | 7:30 AM & 6:30 PM
Thursdays | 6:00 PM

Monroe Campus Prayer Points
  1. For continued growth in our Next Gen ministries of children, students and the volunteer leaders needed to help disciple them.
  2. For continued provision by God and direction on what to improve in our current building to help us thrive in the ministries we are called to do, also if this current building is our long-term home.
  3. For God’s direction to create “on-ramps” for our people to grow in discipleship through being in a life group, on a ministry team, and being partners with us in the vision here at Crossroads.

Corporate Prayer Times:

Tuesday, January 7th | 6:00 PM
Tuesday, January 21st | 6:00 PM
Sunday, January 26th | 6:00 PM

Morrison Campus Prayer Points
  1. That  we  will not just get up and go like the world does. That we will not be driven and manipulated by fear, lust, greed or anger but  WE will AWAKEN TO YOU LORD BY GRACE THRU FAITH and  step into WHO WE ARE IN Christ and walk out who HE is IN US.
  2. That Next GEN ministries, Kidzlink and Crave, will continue to be effective, for discipleship and small groups to be fruitful, for children and youth to begin to arise, break thru and lead their generation to His destiny for them.
  3. For our outreach center remodel and relaunch, for God’s wisdom and provision, for leaders to step up for effective connection, involvement, and partnership that this year would be a year of breakthrough and growth for Crossroads and the area church.

Corporate Prayer Times:

Mondays | 7:00 AM
Tuesdays | 6:00 PM
Wednesdays | 7:00 AM
Thursdays | 7:00 AM & 6:00 PM

Polo Campus Prayer Points
  1. That our church would have an outpouring of renewed passion for Jesus that compels us to share Jesus with the world around us.
  2. That we would be renewed  with a passion for the Next Generation that will bring additional volunteer leaders on board to have an impact on children, youth, and families.
  3. That there would be healing in families and broken homes throughout our communities.

Corporate Prayer Times:

Wednesday, January 8th | 7:00 AM
Sunday, January 12th | 6:00 PM
Wednesday, January 15th | 7:00 AM
Sunday, January 19th | 6:00 PM
Wednesday, January 22nd | 7:00 AM
Saturdays | 5:00 PM
Sundays | 9:00 AM

Sycamore Campus Prayer Points

That our campus would experience growth and health.
That we can continue reaching out to all our surrounding communities with the message of Jesus.
That God’s favor and blessing would be on the School of Ministry & Leadership.

Winnebago Campus Prayer Points
  1. That we would be prepared for the new building and everything God wants to do through us in it.
  2. That we will continue to be spiritually aware of the needs in our communities and how to connect God’s heart to the people in them.
  3. That we would have safety and favor throughout the move into the new building.

Corporate Prayer Times:

Monday – Thursday | 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Monday/Wednesday/Friday | 6:00 PM
All night prayer event beginning with the prayer dedication service on January 24th.

Additional Resources

Free PDF – 7 Basic Steps to Successful Prayer & Fasting
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