About the Fast

We invite you to participate in 21 Days of Fasting and Prayer as we enter a season of pastoral transition, rebuilding in light of the pandemic, and moving forward as a River Church! We desperately need the hand of God upon our church so we can serve him with pure and passionate hearts. Pray about how you might fast and use this daily prayer guide with Scriptures.

Scripture does not command Christians to fast. God does not require or demand it of Christians. At the same time, the Bible presents fasting as something that is good, profitable, and beneficial. The book of Acts records believers fasting before they made important decisions (Acts 13:2; 14:23). Fasting and prayer are often linked together (Luke 2:37; 5:33). Too often, the focus of fasting is on the lack of food. Instead, the purpose of fasting should be to take your eyes off the things of this world to focus completely on God. Fasting is a way to demonstrate to God, and to ourselves, that we are serious about our relationship with Him. Fasting helps us gain a new perspective and a renewed reliance upon God.

Although fasting in Scripture is almost always a fasting from food, there are other ways to fast. Anything given up temporarily in order to focus all our attention on God can be considered a fast (1 Corinthians 7:1-5). Fasting should be limited to a set time, especially when fasting from food. Extended periods of time without eating can be harmful to the body. Fasting is not intended to punish the flesh, but to redirect attention to God. Fasting should not be considered a “dieting method” either. The purpose of a biblical fast is not to lose weight, but rather to gain deeper fellowship with God. Anyone can fast, but some may not be able to fast from food (diabetics, for example). Everyone can temporarily give up something in order to draw closer to God.

By taking our eyes off the things of this world, we can more successfully turn our attention to Christ. Fasting is not a way to get God to do what we want. Fasting changes us, not God. Fasting is not a way to appear more spiritual than others. Fasting is to be done in a spirit of humility and a joyful attitude. Matthew 6:16-18 declares, “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. 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.”

For many years the pastors of Light & Life have made a habit calling a fast at the beginning of the year. More than ever, we desire God’s favor and closeness as we enter a season of transition from the leadership of Pastors Larry & Deb to pastors Sean & Joel. We invite you to seek the Lord in this season with us! Use the following daily focus to guide your time of prayer and fasting.

Daily Prayer & Scripture Guide

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  • 1/10 Monday | Ezekiel 47:1-2 | Pray that God’s presence would be your source.
  • 1/11 Tuesday | Ezekiel 47:3-5 | Pray for increased spiritual depth.
  • 1/12 Wednesday | Ezekiel 47:6-12 | Pray for the flow of God’s life-giving water to the lost.
  • 1/13 Thursday | Ezekiel 47:13-23 | Pray for the Kingdom of God’s boundaries to expand in the Philippines, Indonesia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, & Mexico.
  • 1/14 Friday | Ezekiel 37:1-13 | Pray for the spiritually dead in your community to come alive.
  • 1/15 Saturday | Psalm 51:10-12 | Confess sin and pray for a renewed heart.
  • 1/16 Sunday | Titus 3:3-7 | Pray for the ongoing renewal of the Holy Spirit.
  • 1/17 Monday | Psalm 103:1-5 | Pray for renewal of your faith.
  • 1/18 Tuesday | Ephesians 4:20-24 | Pray that you would put on the new self.
  • 1/19 Wednesday | Ezekiel 36:26 | Pray that God would draw thousands of lost people a new heart and spirit through the church.
  • 1/20 Thursday | Habakkuk 3:1-2 | Pray for spiritual revival in our church and nation.
  • 1/21 Friday | Psalm 19:7 | Pray for a renewed passion to live God’s Word.
  • 1/22 Saturday | Isaiah 61:4 | Pray for the renewal of your city and community. 
  • 1/23 Sunday | Jeremiah 31:23-25 | Pray for renewal for those spiritually weary. 
  • 1/24 Monday | Lamentations 3:22-24 | Give thanks for God’s renewed mercies.
  • 1/25 Tuesday | Colossians 3:5-11 | Pray for God’s renewal of all people groups in your city.
  • 1/26 Wednesday | Ephesians 5:25-27 | Pray that this year God would wash Light & Life by his Word.
  • 1/27 Thursday | 2 Chronicles 7:12-16 | Pray for the forgiveness of sin and healing of the land.
  • 1/28 Friday | Matthew 6:9-10 | Pray for God’s kingdom to renew, grow, expand in our world.
  • 1/29 Saturday | Matthew 6:11-13 | Pray to have grace to forgive and strength to engage in spiritual warfare.
  • 1/30 Sunday | Revelation 21:1-4 | Pray for God to return for the ultimate cosmic renewal of creation.

Our fast will conclude with a taco lunch after our Sunday 10:30a & 12p services on Sunday, January 30th and an online prayer and testimony night that evening.