“if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
Why Are We Doing This?
Why fasting? Although the church rarely uses it, the discipline of fasting works. When we use our physical appetites as a constant reminder to pray, read the Bible or meditate, we grow desperate for God and realize how consumed we are with consuming. Fasting gets our priorities back into right order.
Why 21 days? In Daniel 10:2-13, Daniel prayed and fasted 21 days, during which time a spiritual battle was fought. After his 21-day fast, there was breakthrough and Daniel received the answers to his prayers. These 21 days will be a time for us to get reconnected with the Creator of the universe and the Savior of our souls.
Why now? Throughout the year, things distract and dampen our passion for God, but we want to start off the New Year by clearing out the cobwebs in our hearts and by refocusing the “lens” of our spirit. We don’t want to wander through 2016 aimlessly going about our business. Nor do we want to attempt God-sized dreams without God’s presence going before us. We want God-led strategies that will accomplish HIS will in HIS time through HIS power for HIS glory!
Why me? Together, we can accomplish something so much greater and more powerful than any one of us could as an individual. Crossroad Baptist Church doesn’t go through this ritual to earn a spiritual merit badge or prove how devoted we are to God. Rather, we partner together in prayer & fasting as a way to partner with God in HIS purposes, His will, and His Cause for the Church and for every Christ-follower.
How can you join the 21-Day experience?
1. Make a commitment to fast during the 21 days of Jan. 8-28.
“Fasting” simply means giving up an appetite and then setting aside specific times to read the Bible and to pray (both individually and with a group). You can fast from meats and sweets, TV, facebook, or any number of appetites or activities that are a part of your daily routine. The point is not what you are giving up, but what you are going to do with the time you gain. I am challenging us to put our time and attention on God. It is simply starving our FLESH, as we focus on feeding our SPIRIT.
2.As you begin your fast, read Psalm 51, 1 Samuel 15 and Isaiah 58.
These Bible passages explain that God isn’t interested in our pious sacrifices for Him, but in our obedience and willingness to do what he asks. God wants us to become more like Him. That requires letting go of our own agenda and being “remade” to look, act, and think like Him. That requires time, attention, and discipline.
3.Mark your calendar and attend our Midweek Prayer gatherings.
Crossroad will be having corporate prayer times each Wednesday Night at 6:30pm for the entire month of January. At these gatherings, we will join together in worship, a brief teaching or encouragement on prayer/fasting, and an extended time of individual and corporate prayer. Please make a great effort to attend these gatherings.
4. Download our prayer guide (located under the "Prayer Guide" tab at the top of this page) for daily topics and weekly themes.
Within it you will find weekly devotional thoughts and daily prayer requests to unify our church during this time of prayer & fasting. Ask your entire family to join you for daily prayer and Bible Study. Place it on your nightstand or refrigerator to help you stay focused each day.