7 DAY CROSSOVER CORPORATE PRAYER AND FASTING MONDAY 28TH of DECEMBER 2020 – 3RD of JANUARY 2021
Updated: Dec 30, 2020
7 DAY CROSSOVER CORPORATE PRAYER AND FASTING MONDAY 28TH of DECEMBER 2020 – 3RD of JANUARY 2021
THEME: “MOVING FORWARD 2021”
DATE: MONDAY 28th of Dec – SUNDAY 3rd of Jan (6am -6pm)
SCRIPTURE: 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's before us. God wants to do a new thing in our lives. He wants us to rise up 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 [a]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.”
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 2020; freeing us up to enter this new year 2021 hungry for the supernatural to increase in our lives.
During the 7 days, we will believe God for revival, miracles and breakthrough in 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 church family. We are excited about 2021 and the new era the Lord is leading us into. We are expectant of 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 2020 fall from you and have a renewed vision and hope for 2021!
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 6am-6pm 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 of time. 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 first 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
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 the ends of the earth!
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!
RACTICAL 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, missionaries & world missions, 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 of these 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: RELINQUISH & RELEASE (Monday, 28th December)
Scripture Reading: Psalm 25:4,5 & 15
Psa. 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 the day.(15) My eyes are ever toward the Lord, For He shall [c]pluck my feet out of the net."
The focus for day 1 is for us to relinquish and release all the “baggage” from 2020 – any sin you need to confess, any hurt or anger to release, extending forgiveness to others and yourself, letting people go whom have held you in bondage and guilt.
We need to let go of disappointments, regrets and missed or lost opportunities suffered in 2020. Get ready, 2021 is a tremendously powerful and significant year for YOU and the global body of Christ.
Find a quiet place where you can be free of distractions. Turn off your phone and forms of social media.
Our mobile phones are one of the greatest distractions Christians face in their 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.
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.
PRAYERS TO DECLARE AND DECREE OVER 2021
I decree and declare that the year 2021 is my year of overwhelming success in all areas of life, in Jesus name.
I prophesy that anything I lay my hands upon to do in 2021 shall be successful to the glory of God Almighty, in Jesus’ name.
I shall breakthrough on every side, in Jesus name.
I declare that in 2021, 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 2021 as my year of divine favor, in Jesus’ name.
Finish By Reading John Chapters 1-3
DAY 2: TUNE IN: SPEAK LORD, YOUR SERVANT IS LISTENING (Tuesday, 29th of December)
Scripture Reading: John 10:27 "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me."
Today’s devotional is an exercise designed to help you grow in your ability to hear God’s voice.
The illustration of a mobile phone will be used. Unlike earthly cellular companies that promise us limitless coverage and perfect reception but rarely deliver it, God has the ability to transmit the heavenly signal to us no matter where we are on the planet.
Take your mobile phone out and turn it off. No matter how great your phone is, you cannot receive or make calls until the power is on. It is no different with humans. Unless your power is “on,” regular communication with God is almost impossible. Spiritually speaking, our power is turned on through our times of intimacy with the Lord and connecting during these times.
Signal problems—Within the cellular world, signal strength can be affected by proximity to a cell tower, obstructions such as buildings or trees, destructive interference from other communication towers, or the condition of the cell phone.
First of all, just as cellular reception is affected by proximity to cell towers, so your ability to hear God clearly is directly related to your proximity the Lord and fellowship with other believers (the church).
Remember, hearing God is not a skill; it is a relationship. Therefore, the more quality time you spend with God, the better you will hear.
The word quality here is important – we have to limit the attractions and distractions of our media-driven world. Once we have discipline, we will be free to focus on God through the Word, worship, and waiting on the Lord.
Our proximity to God’s people is also vital. Without discipleship, mentoring, fellowship, equipping, and accountability provided through a healthy church, we would not have the foundations necessary to develop an authentic, sustainable relationship with God.
Even as the internal condition and quality of a cell phone can determine call quality, so the condition of our souls is vital to the whole process of hearing God. These are some of the factors that influence our ability to hear God: stress, fatigue, physical sickness, exhaustion, distraction, or busyness. You cannot forget that your spiritual life is deeply impacted by how you are doing physically, emotionally, and intellectually.
If none of these factors is involved, it could just be destructive interference. Just as cellular communications can be affected by other electronic signals, so the enemy—the prince of the power of the air—does everything in his power to impair our ability to hear God’s voice.
Simply quiet your soul and take a deep breath. Spend two or three minutes simply waiting. You may feel the Lord’s presence before you hear the voice of the Lord.
If you are feeling God’s presence simply say, “What do you want to say to me, Lord?”
Journal what you are hearing.
PRAYERS TO DECLARE AND DECREE OVER 2021
Wherever I go, I decree and declare that I shall be preferred above every other person, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.
I decree and declare that the year 2021 is my year of outstanding miracles, in Jesus’ name.
Divine healing, good health and a sound mind is my portion in 2021, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.
I decree and declare that 2021 is my year of financial increase, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.
I shall prosper in my job, business and investments in 2021, in Jesus’ name.
Finish By Reading the following Chapters John 4-6
DAY 3: WORSHIP AND WAR: BREAKTHROUGH IS HERE! (Wednesday, 30th Dec)
Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 20: 15; 17-18
(15) He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.
(17) You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.’ ”
(18) Jehoshaphat bowed down with his face to the ground, and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the LORD.
The goal of worship is to commune with God. Worship focuses us on the Lord and as we worship, God is enthroned in our praises and we break through into Heaven.
When we truly worship, we take “every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” Worship releases the anointing of God to break yokes.
This is a season and time for breakthrough as you worship and wage war against the enemy’s schemes to keep you bound in the past season and preoccupied with doubt, fear of failure, insecurity and uncertainty about the “next steps” or decisions needing to be made to take you to breakthrough.
Don’t buy into the lies of the enemy – you are destined for greatness and the God of the impossible is on YOUR side; fighting on your behalf. All we need to do is to come into agreement with the Lord and believe that breakthrough in areas of oppression or lack will come.
Begin to worship and if you speak in tongues, pray in tongues. If you don’t speak in tongues, just release a sound into the spiritual atmosphere as you call on the name of the Lord to come and invade your atmosphere.
What form of spiritual warfare have you recently been facing – your marriage, your children, relationships, your ministry, other Christians coming against you, workplace tension/challenges, health, finances etc.
Begin to declare 2 Chronicles 20:15 (b) over the areas you are experiencing opposition or need breakthrough. Additional scriptures to declare: Acts 16: 25-26 and Isaiah 10:27
Write down which yokes you believe have been broken over your life/ministry as you worshipped and warred for breakthrough.
Remind yourself of all the promises of God concerning your life and make a good warfare with your prophecies that God will fulfil His promises as a covenant keeping God.
PRAYERS TO DECLARE AND DECREE OVER 2021
The unusual favour of God shall follow me wherever I go in 2021, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.
I shall be accepted, promoted, and be successful in 2021 because of the favour of God upon my life, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.
I decree and declare that in 2021 I will receive the manifestation of the supernatural in my life and everything that pertains to me, in Jesus’ name.
I decree and declare that in 2021, I shall not beg, in Jesus’ name.
By the grace of Jesus Christ, I decree and declare that the year 2021 is my year of financial increase and expansion, in Jesus’ name.