In the New Life Stockholm (Alvik) site we have decided to dedicate ourselves to three weeks of fasting and prayer in the beginning of the year 2018.
Please sign up at the information desk or online: http://www.tinyurl.com/nlprayer247
PRAYING AND FASTING FOR THE HARVEST
The focus of our prayer and fasting time will be on asking God to release people into His Kingdom through salvation and restoration within and through our different ministries and sites in our cities and world.
If we want to win the lost in our surrounding, in our nation and around the world, we must do spiritual warfare through fasting and prayer. When you deny yourself by giving up food and other things you really enjoy, and focus on God’s will through prayer, He will begin to open doors of evangelism in our lives and in our sites.
WHY FAST, WHY PRAY?
In Matthew 6, Jesus gave us specific direction on how to live as a child of God. That pattern addressed three specific characteristics of a Christian: Giving, Praying and Fasting. Jesus said, “when you give,” “when you pray,” “when you fast.” He made it clear that fasting, like giving and praying, was a normal part of Christian life.
HOW WILL THESE WEEKS LOOK LIKE?
WEEK 1: January 8 – 14
· Monday – Saturday we will be praying together every evening from 7 – 9 PM at Missionsvägen 75.
· Sunday: prayer time starts at 6 PM
WEEK 2: January 15 – 21.
· On Monday January 15, we will start a 24/7 prayer period which will last two weeks. During this period, you can sign up for one, two or more hours of prayer. We meet in a special room that will be available for the full two weeks and prayer will go on day and night. Those who are praying during the evening and night are responsible to let in others who come to pray as they ring the doorbell.
· Also on Monday January 15, we pray together as church 7 PM. At that time, we pray in the room appointed for this. Fasting continues or develops as you personally have decided upon.
WEEK 3: January 22 – 28.
· We continue our 24/7 prayer time as mentioned above. Continue to sign up so we can see which hours, days, and nights are covered in prayer.
· On Monday January 22, we pray together as church 7 PM. At that time, we gather in the room appointed for this. Fasting continues or develops as you personally have decided upon.
WHAT IS FASTING? Biblical fasting is giving up specific foods and drink. The type and length of the fast you choose is between you and God, and should not be determined by what anyone else is doing. We want to give God our best and our first. Fasting, prayer and reading God’s Word go hand in hand. Also pray for God’s purpose and plan for your life to be revealed when you fast. Fast and pray about every major decision in your life. Simply said, fasting is a way to conquer the physical. When you refrain from feeding your body, you feed your spirit and grow closer to the Lord.
HOW DO I FAST?
There are actually different types of fasts. Find the fast or combination of fasts that fits you the best.
Full Fast: Drink only liquids, especially water. On this type of fast you may also drink 100 percent fruit or vegetable juices to maintain your strength. You establish the number of days for your fast in your prayer time.
Partial Fast: There are many options for partial fasts. Below are just a few for you to choose from. But remember, the type of fast you choose is what you and the Lord agree upon.
· Give up one item of food or drink such as caffeine, coffee, soft drinks or sweets or give up one meal.
· Fast for a specific number of days.
· Choose to fast from 6 am to 3 pm or from sunrise to sundown. When doing this type of fast, consider your work and sleep schedule. The hours that you sleep should not be considered part of your fasting period, so the timeframe for this type of fast may vary.
· Give up other things that you really enjoy such as watching TV, social media, sports, etc.
Daniel fast: The most frequently used example of a partial fast is found in Daniel, chapter 10. The Daniel Fast is a fast from meats, sweets, breads and any drink, except water, for a specific time (Daniel 10:2-3). The easiest way to think of this fast is that you eat vegetables and fruits and that you only drink water.
The idea of fasting is to refrain from something valuable and precious to you and to give yourself to prayer and fasting to God instead.