7 DAY CORPORATE PRAYER AND FASTING WEDNESDAY 28TH of DECEMBER 2022 – TUESDAY 3RD of JANUARY 2023
Updated: Jan 2
7 DAY CORPORATE PRAYER AND FASTING WEDNESDAY 28TH of DECEMBER 2022 – TUESDAY 3RD of JANUARY 2023
THEME: “IMMOVABLE FAITH”
DATE: WEDNESDAY 28th of Dec – TUESDAY 3RD of Jan (6am -6pm)
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SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 15:58 "Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord."
Precious saints as we embark on this cross over fast into the new year of 2023, I want us to understand the spiritual battle that is happening around us and how the scripture encourages us to stand strong in these uncertain End-times. We only must see all the world events around us to know we are truly one day closer to the Lord’s imminent capturing away of the remnant bride of Christ. But I also see repentance revival string all over the nations, just like we have started to see in the southern parts of Africa recently. So, I want to remind you again that fasting is one of our most powerful weapons against the enemy and no matter the current challenges that you are facing, He will give you the grace to continue and breakthrough until we also see revival in the nations.
The apostle Paul, who is the man who bore on his body "the brand-marks of Jesus" according to (Gal. 6:17), was a living example of his own counsel, as we can see from the above theme scripture text: "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. . . . Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong" (1 Cor. 15:58; 16:13).
With so much deception happening all around us today, one must be unmoveable in the faith God has given us with His promises and be alert for the enemy’s lies. The Apostle Paul goes onto say when speaking to the Philippian Church to “Stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you.” (Philippians 1:27-28)
So, though we are living in frightening times, we must continue to stand strong and not compromise the gospel. Precious saints I know we have enemies to face each day that may even seem to come from every direction. But God has promised that even when the enemy comes in like a flood, that He will raise the standard against the enemy. So, no matter what we are facing today let us face these troubles in a way that is consistent with Jesus’s example, who willingly suffered rather than lash out in anger or cower in fear.
Now in saying that we will at times stumble, but it is more important get back up and keep moving forward.
Now Paul also says to the Philippians “Don’t be scared of those who oppose you,” See fear is for uncertain people and if we are certain about Jesus’s victory on the cross, then we will have nothing to fear at all precious saints. For our confidence in Christ proves to our enemies that they have already lost Hallelujah! The devil is a defeated foe, and he belongs under our feet.
Now for a little background to when Paul was writing this letter to the Philippians, it was during a difficult period in the Roman Empire, where hostility toward the church became state policy. Nobody would want to suffer. Yet Paul says that suffering was “granted” here, as though it was a gift. Well, that is the way Paul saw it. To suffer for Jesus was a gift to the Christian passing through trails, but also helps the world see Jesus more clearly through our examples.
You feel like quitting because it all seems too hard at present, but it is time to stand strong precious saints, for every achievement in life is worth remembering. See to quit, to run, to escape, or hide is not an option for us ever, for God has said you can do all things through Christ that strengthens you. Remember stopping only postpones our breakthroughs precious saints, so keep going forward.
The truth is we are all in a battle and no battles are won in trenches, but in the grit and grime of courageous determination of stepping out in faith, not just today but every day of our life’s. The bible tells us in Ephesians 6:13 “Therefore take up the whole Armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
To stand precious saints, yes to stand! Now imagine Daniel and his companions who were tempted to forsake their godly heritage because of the pressures around them, but they refused to. We also need to refuse and fight the good fight of faith. Yes, even when Daniels friends faced a fiery furnace they choose not to compromise or bow down to the ungodly king’s image and so we also should not compromise our faith or follow directions that would cause us to sin against God. Now Daniel’s friends had unwavering faith to stand strong during their adversary and God honoured their faith and mightily used them. See God also wants to use you especially those that diligently seek Him this crossover fast.
Now imagine Moses, who was surrounded by luxury and godlessness of the Egyptian court, but he decided to forsake all to know his true inheritance. Just like Lot who lived in Sodom and saw the perversity and temptations of the flesh but chose to stand for righteousness and could see that only destruction awaited such a doomed city. And just as God saved him out of that wicked city, God is coming deliver all those that stand strong and put their whole trust in Him.
So let me ask you this today:
Maybe you have thought of giving up?
Maybe you have even considered the possibility of quitting even?
Maybe you looked for an easy way out?
Maybe you entertained the idea of running away?
Maybe even recently you quit and just stopped something that God told you to do?
Whatever it may be precious saints God is saying to you today “Do not quit!” See the Lord never promised you just a walk in the park or a bed of roses. Meaning He did not say this walk will be easy without hardships. No, rather, He called us to be steadfast and to walk by faith. In fact, the only time He ever used the word "easy" was at the same time when He referred to a yoke (Matthew 11:28-30). So, be encouraged today precious saints, because He has promised that no matter the yoke of troubles you are experiencing today, He will take that load from your shoulders that by His grace you will overcome. For every journey is accomplish one step at a time, so keep walking by faith and not by sight and do not stop now for the end is closer than you think.
Joshua 3:5 “Joshua told the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.’”
This time of fasting and prayer allows us to prioritise our relationship with the Lord at the start of the new year; releasing all that held us back, hurt or hindered us in 2022; freeing us up to enter this new year 2023 hungry for the supernatural to increase within our lives. Now During the 7 days, we will believe God for personal revival, miracles, and breakthrough within our spiritual lives. Whether this is your first time fasting or you have done this many times, the result is always a closer connection with God and a stronger international church family. We are excited about 2023 and the new era the Lord is leading us into. We are expectant about His soon return, but while He tarries, we are expecting a mighty manifestation of the supernatural in our midst and upon the earth! As you enter this fast, release decrees and declarations that you will see the burdens of 2022 fall from you and have a renewed vision and hope for 2023, as the Lord tarries!
MESSAGE THEMES FOR THE 7 DAYS:
DAY 1 THEME: "PRESSING FORWARD”
DAY 2 THEME: “SPEAK LORD, YOUR SERVANT IS LISTENING”
DAY 3 THEME: “PRAISE AND WORSHIP BRINGS BREAKTHROUGH!”
DAY 4 THEME: "DECLARE & DECREE: OPPORTUNITY & EXPLOITS”
DAY 5 THEME: “RESTORE & REVIVE”
DAY 6 THEME: “THE DEVIL IS UNDER OUR FEET AND WE WILL FULFILL GOD’S PLANS”
DAY 7 THEME: “THANKSGIVING & PRAISE”
What am I required to fast from?
We want to leave this decision up to you. We do not have any mandatory church-wide requirements for how you fast, but here are a few ideas:
When we choose not to eat or not to eat certain foods we allow our physical bodies to hunger and to bring our desires into alignment with our spiritual need for God. There is a clarity in hearing from the Lord which comes when we fast and pray; making a small sacrifice to give up a “pleasure” or comfort to increase your spiritual sight and vision.
We are providing the following options for you to consider:
1. Food Fast
You fast from all foods from either 10pm-6pm (20 hours) or 6am-6pm (12 hours) each day with fluids allowed.
2. Partial Fast
You choose to eliminate certain things i.e. fizzy drinks; sweets/chocolates, bread, no red meat etc, but the rest of your diet remains mainly the same
3. Fruit and Veg
Eat fruit during the day, with liquids (tea/limited coffee, herbal drinks and water) with a veg meal in the evenings
4. Liquids only during day and veg meal for dinner
Drink water and herbal drinks during the day with a veg meal in the evenings.
Please consult your doctor if there are any medical concerns before you commence the fast.
During this time, we encourage you to turn off the TV, computer, video games, Facebook, twitter, Instagram, the Internet, and any other form of social media for a brief period. You may decide to fast from Facebook or some other form of media altogether or to limit your time to only 1-2 hours per week. When we do this, we create more time when we can read our Bible, pray, worship, and hear from God.
Search your heart in deciding what type of food fast you want to do. If you have never fasted, maybe start off with a partial fast and progress to a fruit and veg option for the last 3 days. Remember, the most important consideration in fasting is your motive. Why are you fasting?
What will we be praying about?
We are placing the Lord as priority in our lives to bring about the breakthroughs, the new, the renewal and the revival; in us and the global body of Christ. It is time to move Forward into God destiny for each of our lives.
Key words for this New Era
· Supernatural Favour
· Fulfillment of all Things
· Remaining Steadfast
Check each day for the next day’s prayer themes & scriptures so you may follow together.
We are trusting the Lord that this time of fasting and prayer will release a passion for His name within us – to cut off what belongs to a past season, to receive renewed hope and vision for our lives/ministries, to be conduits for signs, wonders and miracles and to fulfill the mandate of sharing the gospel to all that will listen!
During this time of fasting, be intentional about your priorities. Set aside ample time to be alone with the Lord. The more time you spend with God, the more meaningful your fast will be.
If you need an overview or suggestions on what you can do to make the most of the fast in terms of having a daily routine, use the below points:
Begin your day in praise and worship
Read and meditate on God’s Word
Invite Holy Spirit to work in you
Take a short prayer walk
Spend time in intercessory prayer for the theme of the day
Make time for an unhurried time of “seeking God’s face”
If others are fasting with you, meet together for prayer
Avoid television or any other distraction that may affect your spiritual focus
When possible, begin and end each day with your spouse, family, or friend for a brief time of praise and thanksgiving to the Lord.
Please let us know you’ll be fasting & praying with us!
PRACTICAL TIPS FOR FASTING:
1. Avoid medical and even natural herbal drugs. However, if you are under medication, these should only be withdrawn upon the advice of your doctor.
2. Limit your physical activity and exercise. If you have a workout routine, adjust it accordingly.
3. Rest as much as you can if needed be.
4. Maintain an attitude of prayer throughout the day. Intercede for your family, pastors, church, nation, and people to awaken to the Lords soon return, etc.
5. Drink plenty of clean water if you are joining the water fast.
6. As your body adjusts, be prepared for temporary bouts of physical weakness as well as a greater likelihood of impatience, irritability, and anxiety.
FASTING BRINGS REVIVAL:
“. . . in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the LORD given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years. So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes.” Daniel 9:2,3
Fasting helps us prevail in prayer and intercession. Daniel understood that Israel was headed for destruction. He also knew that in times like these, there is only one recourse—intercession through praying and fasting. Throughout human history, God has brought revival and delivered nations from destruction in response to prayer and fasting.
FASTING IS AN ACT OF HUMILITY AND CONSECRATION:
“. . . I put on sackcloth and humbled myself with fasting . . .” Psalm 35:13
Humility results in the grace of God (James 4:6). When we humble ourselves in prayer, we have instant access to the heart of God. As we deny ourselves as an act of consecration, we are better able to exercise self-control over our emotions and desires.
SPIRITUAL CLEANSING & SPIRITUAL EYES OPENED:
Fasting can be done for one meal, one day, one month or for however long God leads. It depends on how the Holy Spirit speaks to us. Shorter fasts are easier to endure until we have built up our “spiritual muscles”. A three day fast is most beneficial as a spiritual cleansing. An example of this is Paul’s being thrust into his fast upon conversion. After the three days of cleansing, he received the Holy Spirit and his eyesight when Ananias laid hands on him (Acts 9:17-18). We also can be spiritually cleansed by fasting so that we receive more of the Lord’s Spirit and have our spiritual eyes opened to new dimensions. A three day fast is also especially helpful in breaking any addictive habits.
These then are two reasons for fasting: We receive spiritual cleansing and our spiritual eyes are opened, and we also obtain victory over the devil. When Jesus encountered Satan, He was able to overcome Him because His fasting had given Him spiritual strength. Isaiah 58:6 also gives us light on this purpose of fasting: “Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?” Many people believe that fasting is to move the hand of God, when in actuality it is to make Satan turn loose of the things he is holding.
BREAKING STRONGHOLDS & BUILDING FAITH:
Fasting looses the bands of wickedness. When Jesus discussed the keys to the kingdom, He told us to bind and loose. When we fast, we loose the bands of wickedness, undo the heavy burdens, set the oppressed free, and break every yoke of the enemy. Fasting is an important key to getting the victory over hard situations that do not seem to respond to normal prayer.
Fasting builds our faith. In fact, this is what Jesus meant when he spoke to the disciples in Matthew 17:21 in answer to why they were not able to cast a demon out of a child. He said, “However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” He was telling them if they wanted their faith to be at such a level as to be able to cast out demons, then they must fast and pray for their faith to increase.
Fasting also makes it easier for us to hear the voice of the Lord. We find an account of this in Acts 13:2 “While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”
While fasting, the Holy Spirit spoke to them and gave them direction. We too can be directed by the Lord if we seek Him through prayer and fasting.
When we deny our natural cravings, our spiritual antennas become more attuned. We become more sensitive to His voice as we divest ourselves of worldly distractions. We are better able to focus on God and submit to His will. This opens the door for more of the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Fasting and mourning are closely associated in the Bible. Two examples of this are found in Ezra and Nehemiah.
Ezra 10:6: “Then Ezra rose up from before the house of God, and went into the chamber of Jehohanan the son of Eliashib: and when he came thither, he did eat no bread, nor drink water: for he mourned because of the transgression of them that had been carried away.”
Nehemiah 1:4: “And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven.”
From these Scriptures, we see that fasting and travail (a prayer burden from the Lord that brings crying and tears) were combined. Both men were fasting for the repentance of God’s people. How we need this same kind of intercession today. Here were men so burdened for the sins of their people that they fasted, travailed, and prayed.
DAY 1: PRESSING FORWARD (Wednesday, 28th December)
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 43:18 “Forget what happened in the past, and do not dwell on events from long ago.”
The idea of moving forward from our past is something that a lot of us may struggle with, myself included at times. We are often unable to keep our minds from dwelling on what we have done or what has happened to us, whether it be something that occurred 10 days or 10 years ago. Fortunately, for those of us who believe that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, his sacrifice covered all sins — past, present, and future. When we do something wrong, we can confess our sins and the Lord is faithful and just to forgive our sins. (1 John 1:9)
God does not want us to be backward looking in our Christian walk as though we were going through life looking in the rear vision mirror. But we so often can't help ourselves. We remember the hurts of the past and the mistakes we made. It's time now to look ahead and focus on what is before us. God wants to do a new thing in our lives. He wants us to rise to our full potential in Him. He has called us to do mighty things. He will even make a way when we feel lost and refresh us when we're burning in the heat.
We have got to keep on moving forward. It's only in moving forward that we can ever accomplish what God has called us to. We can't stay where we're at, nor can we go backwards. The only direction we can go is forward. Yes, it can be hard—but it's the only way if we want to move on in God and grow. We can never live this life on the highest plane unless we are continually growing and moving forward. You should be closer to God today in heart, soul, and body, than at any other time so far in your life.
The apostle Paul writes so well of how we should focus our lives going forward:
Philippians 3:13-14 “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
So, as you press forward, I want you to relinquish and release all the “baggage” from 2022 – any sin you need to confess, any hurt or anger to release, any offenses, extending forgiveness to others and yourself, letting people go whom have held you back in bondage, feeling of guilt and condemnation.
We need to all let go of disappointments, regrets and missed or lost opportunities suffered in 2022. Get ready, 2023 is not only one day closer to the Lord’s return but we should have expectation that God will continue to have His hand upon us and open doors that only He can.
Psalm 25:4 “Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. 5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all day long. My eyes are ever toward the Lord, For He shall pluck my feet out of the net."
So, find a quiet place where you can be free of distractions today. Turn off your phone and forms of social media that will distract you if needed be. See our mobile phones are one of the greatest distractions that as Christians, we face in our attempts to hear God’s voice.
Take a moment to become aware of the stillness (or appreciate the worship music you might be playing in the background).
Read the scripture aloud several times, slowly again from what you have read already above to soak it in. Ask the Lord to bring transformation in the area/s you are wanting to relinquish and release.
Spend time journaling about what the Holy Spirit is speaking to you today also, to keep as reference in the days to come.
PRAYERS TO DECLARE AND DECREE OVER 2023
I decree and declare that as the Lord tarries this year of 2023 is my year of overwhelming success in all areas of life, in Jesus mighty name!
I prophesy that anything I lay my hands upon to do in 2023 shall be successful to the glory of God Almighty, in Jesus mighty name!
I shall breakthrough on every side in 2023, in Jesus mighty name!
I declare that in 2023, Nothing shall be able to limit or stop me from becoming what God has created me to be, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ!
I receive the year 2023 as my year of divine favour, in Jesus mighty name!
I confess in the name of Jesus Christ. I will not be left behind to shed terrible tears after the rapture in Jesus Mighty Name!
Declare that the Holy spirit of God, would consecrate you, as you are a willing participant in whatever He directs you to do in 2023
Declare that whatever is needed to get your family saved in 2023, that the Lord would remove every obstacle from you and your family serving the Lord in Jesus Mighty Name!
Declare that every area of your life in 2023 will begin to manifest the blessings and evidence of open heavens as the Lord tarries in the Name of Jesus.
DAY 1 PRAYER FOCUS:
Lord Jesus Christ, I repent totally from every friendship that I have committed with worldly lustful pleasures, forgive me, and do not let me miss heaven and the rapture.
Lord Jesus Christ, free me and deliver me from every attack of Satan and his demons that comes against my mind, thought, body and will every day.
Lord Jesus Christ, sanctify me and influence my will, my mind, and my body on daily basis, so that I can be yours forever.
Lord Jesus Christ, bring my thoughts, mind, body and will under the subjection of Your word, so that I can make heaven. 1 Cor 9 :27
Invite God to use you – seek out every opportunity to pray for others to bring glory to the Lord – decree that signs, wonders and miracles will follow us
O Lord, by your mercy count me worthy to escape your wrath and judgement coming upon this world in these last days and to stand worthy before you to be raptured.
Holy Spirit will prepare the bride ready for You O Lord, Jesus. Prepare me to be ready for the rapture.
Lord, we pray for the people around us who do not realize You are coming soon, and first are coming to snatch away Your bride, so please awaken their hearts in Jesus Mighty Name!
Please show us the things in our lives that have not surrendered to You to make us rapture ready. We give these things to You and ask You to change our hearts.
Please continue to shape our characters and prepare us for Your coming in Jesus Mighty Name!