During the month of January we set aside twenty one days for a special time of prayer and fasting. This dedicated season of prayer provides an opportunity for our church family to gather, united as one voice and seek God’s wisdom and direction for the new year. We would love to have you join us as we pray for our nation, city, families and homes.
Join us wherever you are by downloading the Pray First prayer guide and daily prayer focus' to pray along with us. Both hardcopies are available free at East Coast Believers Church.
2018 THEME VERSE
- ISAIAH 58:6
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and
untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?" (NIV)
“This is the kind of fast day I’m after: to break the chains of injustice, get
rid of exploitation in the workplace, free the oppressed, cancel debts." (MSG)
“[Rather] is this not the fast which I choose, To undo the bonds of wickedness,
To tear to pieces the ropes of the yoke, To let the oppressed go free And break
apart every [enslaving] yoke?" (AMP)
21 days of prayer is for you
If you sense that God has more for your life, 21 Days of Prayer is a great place to start believing Him for all that He has for you. At the prayer services, you will put seeking God first into practice, and when you do this, He will start working on your behalf like never before. You will see a difference in your relationships, your work, your family and every area of your life. It is then that you will best be able to spread His love to others.
At East Coast Believers, we encourage a church-wide fast for 21 days. The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God. The idea is to sacrifice something, and when you start to think about it, turn your thoughts to God and pray for our nation, city, families and homes. 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.
During this season of focused prayer as a church family, we seek the Lord in several areas: we're believing God for answered prayer and direction for specific needs, declaring our dependence on God in every area of our lives, asking for forgiveness for our sins and standing in the gap for our land, praying for the completion of the Great commission, inviting the Presence of God in our church and our lives, and Crying out to God for revival in our generation. We would love for you to join us as we gather to pray for the needs of our city, nation, families, and homes.
WHAT DO I FAST?
It's up to you! It's a personal commitment between you and God. There are all different types of fasts. Some people do a fast called the Daniel Fast, some people fast specific foods or activities, i.e. chocolate, soda, TV, Social Media. It’s very typical to fast a single meal, a whole day, or three days or more. 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. This is between you and God, and you are encouraged to pray about what type of fast is best for you. We also encourage you to seek the advice of a physician before starting any fast, especially if you have any health concerns.
BOOKS ON PRAYER & FASTING | Many resources are available to help you prepare for the fast. Below are a few available in the our bookstore.
by Mark Batterson
by Stovall Weems
by Jentzen Franklin
THE FASTING EDGE
by Jentzen Franklin
SCRIPTURES FOR PRAYER
by Barbara Arbo