A Call to Pray & Fast is a six-week initiative calling believers to set aside one day a week to pray and fast in community. The suggested time is Sunday dinner to Monday dinner; however, please do whatever works best with your schedule. Whether you participate as an individual, a community group, or a church, this discipline reminds us just how dependent we are on God. May it also unite us in praying with one heart for each other, our communities, and the advancement of God's kingdom.


Week 1 PRAYERFUL DEPENDENCE

Acknowledging our need for God in everything.

Prayer Requests

  • Pray for healing for those who are sick, protection for the vulnerable, and provision for those who have lost income.
  • Pray for the organizations we partner with locally and internationally.
  • Pray for peace and comfort for teachers, families, and students as they return to school during an unsettling time.
  • Scripture - John 10:10; Hebrews 13:5; Matthew 11:28-30

Week 2 FAITH DURING THE PANDEMIC

Trusting that God is bigger than our circumstances.

Prayer Requests

  • Confess to God the ways you have struggled to trust him in difficulty, and ask him to fill you with faith.
  • Give thanks to God that his promises remain the same despite our current reality.
  • Pray for peace, freedom from anxiety, and the ability to release control over our circumstances to God.
  • Scripture - 1 Peter 5:7, Daniel 3:19-30

Week 3 COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Moving toward others with hope.

Prayer Requests

  • Pray that we would be known for our love.
  • Pray for God to give you opportunities to share the hope of the gospel with someone who has not heard your story.
  • Pray for people of color in our community, for empathy, compassion, and understanding of challenges they face.
  • Scripture - Romans 5:1-11, Romans 10:9-15, Ephesians 2:11-17,

Week 4 BIBLICAL COMMUNITY

Growing as we are known and know others.

Prayer Requests:

  • Ask God to be active in biblical community groups within our church.
  • Ask God for faith and courage to confess sin and repent continually.
  • Pray for your neighbors—ask God for opportunities to know them more fully, meet felt needs, and share the gospel.
  • Scripture - Galatians 6:1-3; James 5:15; Ephesians 4:25-31

Week 5 LEADERSHIP IN OUR CHURCH

Interceding for those who lead us.

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for wisdom and courage for community group leaders to speak truth with grace and love.
  • Pray for our student small group leaders as they make sacrifices to help their students know God and move toward him.
  • Pray for endurance and wisdom for pastors as they lead and care for us.
  • Scripture - Ephesians 4:11-16, 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13, Hebrews 13:17

Week 6 WISDOM AND DISCERNMENT

Obeying as we navigate uncertainty.

Prayer Requests:

  • Ask God to free us from the trap of fearing the unknown, and ask him to fill our minds with worshipful thoughts.
  • Pray that our thoughts, words, and actions would be seasoned with grace.
  • Ask God to make us quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger.
  • Scripture - Matthew 5:13-16,James 1:19-27

Resources

The Resource Library has several sermons, articles, stories, and clips on the topic of prayer. To explore some of these resources, click below!

More On Prayer

Additional Resources

Fasting

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10 Biblical Purposes for Fasting

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Ezer Equipped Spiritual Hunger

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Revive Our Hearts

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From Feasting to Fasting

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Outreach Prayer Requests

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The Praying Life by Paul Miller

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A Call to Spiritual Reformation by D.A. Carson

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Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney

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Grace Church Kids Prayer Journal

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Ezer Equipped Satisfied

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IF FASTING FROM FOOD IS HARMFUL

If you struggle with an eating disorder, severe calorie restricting, or other health complications, fasting from food may be harmful to you physically or mentally. If this is the case, please work with a pastor or counselor to consider alternatives to fasting from food.The key is to fast from something that is meaningful to you—that gives you life—so that you will feel a strong emptiness prompting you to turn to God for life and sustenance.


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