The Daniel Fast at Bridge of Life

FOR OUR CITY
21 Days of Prayer & Fasting
January 8-28, 2017

Recognizing that these are strategic times of opportunity for the gospel, the elders are calling Bridge of Life to begin 2017 with a period of prayer and fasting. We invite you to a 21 day “Daniel” fast, from January 8 to 28. Our focus is corporate and personal. We will be joining with other congregations in our region. We will pray for the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, preparing us to be the light in a darkened world. Details are in the flyer, “Call to a Corporate Fast.”

Each week we will publish daily prayer points, which will be posted on this page. Printed copies will be available on Sunday and they will be on our Facebook page daily.

Suggested list of foods for the fast.

2017 Prayer and Fasting Guide

Week 1

January 8-14
For your personal life and family

VERSE TO REMEMBER:

“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.  My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.   When can I go and meet with God?” – Psalm 42:1-2

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS:

Before God does something great through us, He does a great work in us.  We must be emptied of ourselves – of our sinful attitudes, desires, and habits.  We must also be filled with God’s Spirit, renewed by His Word, and strengthened in our faith.  Do a spiritual health checkup by asking if there are any obstacles in your relationship with God.  How vibrant is your prayer life?  Are you regularly going to God’s Word as your source of faith, wisdom, and guidance for life?’

As we enter this season of fasting and prayer, let’s start by focusing our attention on our personal lives – our hearts, minds, souls, and families.  Daily, take time in prayer, Bible reading, worship, and devotion with God.  Re-establish these basic habits of spending time with God and renew your spiritual vitality.

DAILY PRAYER REQUESTS:

Monday, January 9:  Use today as a time to allow God to prompt your heart in how He wants to change you during these next 21 Days of Fasting & Prayer.  Journal what specific changes need to happen in your life spiritually and in your thinking and emotions.  Read Isaiah 58 and discover what God wants us to accomplish during times of fasting; Nehemiah 1:1-6

Tuesday, January 10:  Focus on personal repentance from sin and receiving forgiveness from God.  Pray for corporate repentance of sin an that God’s righteousness would be a safeguard for the Church.  Psalm 51; 1 John 1:9; Nehemiah 1:6-11

Wednesday, January 11:  Focus on growing in godly character and the fruits of the Spirit.  Pray to lay aside ungodly habits and attitudes.  Pray for spiritually mature, Christ-like character, and purity of heart.  Galatians 5:19-26

Thursday, January 12:  Focus on y our relationships:  a healthy and restored marriage, for your children and parents, your friends, classmates, colleagues, and neighbors.  Pray for any strained or broken relationships and ask God to bring healing and restoration.  Colossians 3:12-17

Friday, January 13:  Pray for a strengthening in your spiritual disciplines and personal devotions.  Begin to develop the heart of worship personally by expressing your love of God and gratitude to God.  Psalm 95; Psalm 150; Nehemiah 8:1-8

Saturday, January 14:  Pray for bold obedience to God’s Word as you read throughout 2017 and for a lifestyle of sacrificial generosity toward God through the Church:  that there will be an abundance to advance the Cause of Christ.  Malachi 3:6-18; John 14:12-17

Week 2

January 15-21
For our church and The Church

VERSE TO REMEMBER:

“…you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” – Ephesians 2:19-22

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS:

The church is made up of all who believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior by faith. We are joined together as a community for the purpose of worshipping God together, growing in love and faith together, and sent out together to share and show the love of God with people who are far from Him. We don’t go to church, we are the Church. We don’t “do” church, we are called to be the church.

The Church is led by God called and Spirit-empowered leaders who train and shepherd the believers. All believers are called and responsible to “do the work of the ministry” (Ephesians 4:11-13), and to build each other up in love. Each person is accountable to do their part within the Church, so that it is built up in love.

The Church is not one denomination or location, but is made up of many unique churches, groups, and gatherings. Together, in unity, we make up the Body of Christ. May God strengthen and renew the leadership of our church and call new leaders, pastors, and missionaries, so God’s Kingdom is radically advanced.

DAILY PRAYER REQUESTS:

Monday, January 16:  Pray that God would call many people to serve and lead within each church—as volunteers, small group and ministry leaders, pastors, church planters, and missionaries. Matthew 9:35-38; Nehemiah 4:6

Tuesday, January 17:  Focus specifically on the names of each of your church leaders, starting with your lead pastor and his family to each pastor and ministry leader. Pray for protection, boldness, and courage. Ephesians 4:11-16; Nehemiah 3

Wednesday, January 18:  Pray for the church to multiply. Every healthy organism grows and   multiplies, and the church must as well. Pray that Christians will be bold witnesses of Jesus, that leaders will train other leaders, and that churches will start new churches. Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Nehemiah 2:18

Thursday, January 19:  Pray for protection over the church, for unity and peace, and for provision in the church, so the vision of the church can be accomplished. Acts 2:42-47; Acts 4:32-35; Ephesians 3:20-21; Nehemiah 6:9

Friday, January 20:  Pray for the church of our city and region to be unified, that the church would expand and have an increased impact in this area. Pray for revival in the church and for godly leaders to preach the Gospel in love. Pray for the persecuted church around the world. Acts 4:29-31; Ephesians 4:1-6; Nehemiah 10:39

Saturday, January 21:  Pray for the spread of the Gospel to foreign nations. Pray that the Gospel would be shared to every nation, especially the unreached people groups of the world. Name each missionary and ministry leader in partner churches, campuses, and countries around the world—for their protection and courage, their marriage and children, for boldness, provision, and for fruitful ministry. Acts 11:22-26

Week 3

January 22-28
#ForOurCity and the surrounding region

VERSE TO REMEMBER:

“So the wall was completed…in fifty-two days.  When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God.”  – Nehemiah 6:15-16

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS:

As Jesus-followers, we are called to a God-sized vision #ForOurCity.  In spite of considerable opposition, Nehemiah accomplished God’s purpose in Jerusalem.  We are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our city.  We can speak life into our city because God is #ForOurCity.

We can speak God’s love into poverty, addiction, homelessness, disunity, and other problems.  Seeing God move in our city begins with prayer and fasting.

We are called to pray for our neighborhoods, our city, and the surrounding region. We pray for the regional centers of influence—business, government, education, family, religion, media, and arts and entertainment.

DAILY PRAYER REQUESTS:

Monday, January 23:  Pray for your neighbors, neighborhood, friends, peers, co-workers, and classmates. Pray that they would not only hear the gospel, but respond through faith in Jesus.  Matthew 28:19

Tuesday, January 24: Pray #ForOurCity. Pray for peace over our city, for protection, for prosperity, and for blessing from God. Pray for God to guard our city from division and disunity. Pray for God to work in the midst of poverty, addictions, homelessness, and other problems.  Jeremiah 29:6-7; Nehemiah 2:4-5

Wednesday, January 25:  Pray for a spiritual awakening in our region, for the salvation of many souls and the expansion and growth of the church as many new people come to faith in Jesus Christ.  Jeremiah 29:11-14; Nehemiah 9:6

Thursday, January 26:  Pray for the community, regional and national government, for our leaders, for justice, and for wisdom to rule in our land. Pray for government officials and agencies.  1Timothy 2:1-2

Friday, January 27:  Pray for the regional centers of influence—business (for economic well-being, for care and compassion to rule our finances), media (for a truth, honest, and fairness to rule), arts and entertainment (for godliness and holiness to be promoted while vileness and rebellion would not receive fame and promotion).  Proverbs 3:9-10; Exodus 35:30

Saturday, January 28:  Pray for the students and children in our region, for our education system and educators, for protection over our children, and for all who influence them. Pray for opportunities to show Christ’s love in both public and private schools.   Matthew 7:28-29; Proverbs 10:14