Prayer and Fasting Day Materials

Why a day of prayer and fasting?

Imagine you are a parent about to leave your children, knowing you will not see them again until the Kingdom of Heaven. What is the most important thing you could say to them?

 

Jesus had that dilemma as He prepared to return to heaven after His crucifixion. What was the burden of His last words to His disciples? As we read through His last prayers and counsel in John 15-17, we discover repeating themes: Unity, love, and seeking God through prayer. Jesus longed for His fledgling church to come together in purpose, harmony, and mission. Today, amid perhaps unprecedented polarization in the world, our nations, and our church, we too need to heed Jesus' counsel to seek His Spirit and come together for mission. The task seems daunting and impossible in our humanity. That's why we need to pray as never before for the miracle of reconciliation that only God can bring.

 

We invite you to pray "in your closet.” We invite you to pray with your local church family. And we invite you to the global Revival and Reformation initiative of prayer and fasting. Perhaps you will not choose to fast totally from food. Perhaps you will fast from desserts or social media, or eat sparingly of plant-based food for a time.

 

“Now and onward till the close of time the people of God should be more earnest, more wide- awake, not trusting in their own wisdom, but in the wisdom of their Leader. They should set aside days for fasting and prayer” (Ellen G. White, Review and Herald, Feb. 11, 1904).

 

As you choose to focus more deeply on prayer, God will bless you and strengthen your heart for the challenging days ahead.

 

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1st QUARTER 2020 - Pioneer Prayer: Prayer Works

Imagine you are a parent about to leave your children, knowing you will not see them again until the Kingdom of Heaven. What is the most important thing you could say to them?

 

Jesus had that dilemma as He prepared to return to heaven after His crucifixion. What was the burden of His last words to His disciples? As we read through His last prayers and counsel in John 15-17, we discover repeating themes: unity, love, and seeking God through prayer. Jesus longed for His fledgling church to come together in purpose, harmony, and mission. Today, amid perhaps unprecedented polarization in the world, our nations, and our church, we too need to heed Jesus’ counsel to seek His Spirit and come together for mission. The task seems daunting and impossible in our humanity. That’s why we need to pray as never before for the miracle of reconciliation that only God can bring.

 

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2nd QUARTER 2020 - Pioneer Prayer: In His Steps

2 Chronicles 7:14 is a promise containing a mathematical expression. God said to Solomon, “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 will forgive their sin and heal their land” (emphasis supplied). This verse contains the mathematical expression IF-THEN. We need not guess the outcome, if the condition is fulfilled. When God’s required conditions are met, the result will surely follow!

 

Prayer works, but only if we do it! If we want the result, we must fulfill, by God’s grace, the condition. God is a God of order and organization. No part of the conditional formula of 2 Chronicles 7:14 may be neglected if we want to realize the fulfillment of the amazing promise—the healing of His people. He has not left us alone without a Savior. He sent His Eternal Son who “humbled Himself” (Philippians 2:8), taught us to pray, and walked in obedience. Today He invites us to “follow His steps” (1 Peter 2:21) and experience the sure results of His faithfulness.

 

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4th QUARTER 2019 - World-Changing Prayer Warriors: Prayers that Change Us

If you ask for prayer requests at a typical prayer meeting or church service, you may notice the responses have common themes—prayers for health, jobs, finances, or relationships. You may notice something missing, however: deeply personal prayer requests about internal battles, spiritual struggles, or for help in facing doubt, fear, and discouragement. Are we praying about our own needs in moments alone with God? Are we wrestling with Him through personal conflict? Asking for guidance and wisdom? Talking to Him like a friend about the things on our hearts? Prayer doesn’t only change the world around us. It changes us!

 

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3rd QUARTER 2019 - World-Changing Prayer Warriors: Prayers that Change People

As we read through the Bible, we find stories of individuals who prayed, and the answer to their prayers changed the world. Our prayers may not change the entire world, but they will change the world around us—or even just the world of one person—for eternity. We may not even realize the impact of our prayers on this side of eternity, but one day—one day soon—Jesus will take us home. We’ll have all eternity to hear how God used the prayers of ordinary people like Hannah, like you, like me, to change the world for Him.

 

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2nd QUARTER 2019 - World-Changing Prayer Warriors: Prayers that Change Our Perspective

As we read through the Bible, we find stories of individuals who prayed, and the answer to their prayers changed the world. Our prayers may not change the entire world, but they will change the world around us—or even just the world of one person—for eternity. We may not even realize the impact of our prayers on this side of eternity, but one day—one day soon—Jesus will take us home. We’ll have all eternity to hear how God used the prayers of ordinary people like Hannah, like you, like me, to change the world for Him.

 

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1st QUARTER 2019 - World-Changing Prayer Warriors

As we read through the Bible, we find stories of individuals who prayed, and the answer to their prayers changed the world. Our prayers may not change the entire world, but they will change the world around us—or even just the world of one person—for eternity. We may not even realize the impact of our prayers on this side of eternity, but one day—one day soon—Jesus will take us home. We’ll have all eternity to hear how God used the prayers of ordinary people like Hannah, like you, like me, to change the world for Him.

 

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4th QUARTER 2018 - Interceding for the Least of These

Jesus longed for His fledgling church to come together in purpose, harmony, and mission. Today, amid perhaps unprecedented polarization in the world, our nations, and our church, we too need to heed Jesus’ counsel to seek His Spirit and come together for mission, especially for the least of these. The task seems daunting and impossible in our humanity. That’s why we need to pray as never before for the miracle of healing and reconciliation that only God can bring.

 

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3rd QUARTER 2018 - Interceding for Our Children

As the song goes, "Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world." And now we are setting aside a special day to pray, not just for our families, but especially for our children. Whether your children are grown or still babies, this is a time to come together corporate interceding for the Holy Spirit to be poured out on their lives. Join us as we pray for our children!

 

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2nd QUARTER 2018 - Interceding for Our Marriages

The enemy is doing all in his power to destroy our lives, and he starts his first attack against the family, and against our marriages. He knows if he can break that down, he has us. Society is falling apart as a result of so many broken homes. Now is the time to take a stand, and say no more. Now is the time to pray for your spouse as you've never prayed before. Join us as we lift up couples (and singles too) on this special day of prayer and fasting.

 

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1st QUARTER 2018 - Interceding for Our Family

We all have loved ones that we long to see have a closer walk with God. The theme for this quarter's day of prayer and fasting are titled, "Made Strong Through the Power of the Word: Interceding for Our Family." These materials will give you helpful tools to pray together as a family, and as a church family for your loved ones. (These program materials can be used again and again.)

 

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4th QUARTER 2017 - FIGHTING FOR THE WORLD

This day of prayer and fasting is focused on praying for the world around us. That means our communities, our churches, our leaders, and those way beyond our border. Through the provided materials and program outline, as well as continuing suggested prayer activities, we believe you and your church will be blessed.

 

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3rd QUARTER 2017 - FIGHTING FOR OUR HEARTS

Some may think it’s selfish to pray for their own heart needs, but it’s actually essential. The person with the greatest power to help or hinder God’s work in our lives is our self. Even Jesus prayed for Himself. So this day of prayer focus is a bit different and may feel a little uncomfortable at first, but it’s a great opportunity to encourage and help people pray together for their personal battles and lives in ways they may not have prayed before. And it's sure to build close community! (These materials were written for 3rd Quarter 2017, but can be re-used again and again!)

 

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2ND QUARTER 2017 - FIGHTING FOR EACH OTHER

Life can be hard. We face challenges and struggles that can seem overwhelming. Finances. Health. Relationships. Battles with sin and temptations. Loneliness. But this is all because we are living in the midst of a Great Controversy battle. With these prayer materials, rather than being overcome by the struggles, you can learn to fight for each other in prayer. (These materials were written for 2nd Quarter 2017, but can be re-used again and again!)

 

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1ST QUARTER 2017 - FIGHTING FOR OUR CHURCH

What breaks your heart? What drives you to your knees? Has your heart ever broken for the church? Have you found yourself compelled to fast and pray specifically for the church? This prayer program follows the story of Nehemiah and his breaking heart for the church of his day. Join us as we pray for God to work in our church! (These materials were written for 1st Quarter 2017, but can be re-used again and again!)

 

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