Since the beginning of our church in 2013, we have strived to make prayer a priority. Our heart has simply been to “PRAY FIRST.” In every situation, whether good or bad, we strive to pray before we act. We want prayer to be our first response, not our last resort.
As a church, we have two seasons each year (January and August) called 21 Days of Prayer. These two months are intentional, as they begin new seasons of the year. Together, we faithfully seek God first, trusting in His power alone to create lasting impact in our lives, our church, and our world. It’s our hope that 21 Days of Prayer will help you draw closer to God and seek Him in a fresh way.
Ways to Participate in 21 Days of Prayer
- Choose a specific time each day to spend a few moments in prayer.
- Choose to fast from something during 21 Days of Prayer (more on fasting below).
- Commit to attend Epic Church every Sunday and give God the first part of your week.
- Use the 21 Days of Prayer Guide.
What is Fasting?
The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out.
It also enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all the good things God desires to bring into our lives. Remember, your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your body, your options, and, most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.
- In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.
- This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, and bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.
- This fast is sometimes called the “Jewish Fast” and involves abstaining from eating any type of food in the morning and afternoon. This can either correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown.
- This fast is a great option if you do not have much experience fasting food, have health issues that prevent you from fasting food, or if you wish to refocus certain areas of your life that are out of balance. For example, you might choose to stop using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast and then carefully bring that element back into your life in healthy doses at the conclusion of the fast.