The 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting is a spiritual habits initiative Journey Church participates in every year. During the month of January, our goal is to see the people of Journey start off the year well by interacting with God for 21 days through reading the Bible, praying, and fasting. Our heart is that not only do we have adults, students, and kids get involved for 21 days, but that we also train you with tools so you can continue spending time with God for the rest of the year!
21 Days of Prayer + Fasting
Daily Reading Plan
21 Days of Prayer + Fasting is really about three things: declaring our DEPENDENCE on God, asking God for DIRECTION, and CHANGING YOUR WORLD. Follow our daily devotions as we journey through the Gospel of John. Included each day is an opportunity for you to not only read what someone else wrote, but also space for you to reflect and pray though what Jesus is teaching you.
Commit to fasting from certain foods, influences, or other items for 21 days. Fasting is refraining from an appetite for a specific time for a spiritual purpose. Fasting is saying, “My hunger and thirst for God is greater than my desire for ____________.” You can fast from meals, specific foods, technology, social media, alcohol, and anything else you sense God is wanting you to refrain from.
The Kids Challenge is a great way for children to participate in 21 Days of Prayer + Fasting this year! Your family can follow along on the game board together completing each day’s challenge.
We hope your family enjoys seeking God together this January!
How to H.E.A.R. (from God)
A method of Bible reading and journaling. H.E.A.R. can be used with any daily Bible reading plan.
Get to a place where you can focus and read the daily Scripture passage several times. From the passage of Scripture you read, highlight one or two verses that stick out. Write them down, and even consider rewriting the verse(s) in your own words.
Make some basic observations about the scripture you just read by asking these questions:
- Why was this written?
- To whom was it originally written?
- What is the author trying to communicate?
- What does the Scripture passage teach me about God and humanity?
After taking some time explaining the highlighted scriptures, begin to think about how they apply to your life. Ask yourself these questions and spend some time writing down your thoughts:
- What do these verses mean today?
- What does this verse(s) mean for my life?
- How does this verse challenge my thinking and actions?
- What changes do I need to make in my life as a result of this passage of Scripture?
Your response to the passage may take on many forms. You may write a call to action. You may describe how you will be different because of what God has said to you through the Bible verses. You may indicate what you are going to do because of what you learned. You may respond by writing out a prayer to God. For example, you may ask God to help you to be more loving, or to give you a desire to be more generous in your giving. Keep in mind that this is your response to what you have just read.
“Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:43-44, word of Jesus)
James and John, brothers and two of Jesus’ disciples, ask Jesus if they can have places of honor, authority, and greatness in heaven. The other disciples heard about James and John’s request, and they got mad at them. They were angry at what they perceived as arrogance. Jesus responds to this tension by teaching them about humility. He even uses his example as a teaching point. It’s about serving…not being served. The path to greatness is always grounded in the pursuit of serving.
I always need to be challenged in my understanding of “greatness”. Why? Because the pursuit of greatness will ultimately transform me into a person of meekness. This continues to jump out at me because pride and recognition have such deep roots in my life. When this battle comes, the question I need to ask is…”How can I serve someone today?”
Today I’m going to look for someone to serve with no strings attached and in a way that doesn’t elicit any recognition. Heavenly Father, please open my eyes to someone I can serve today, and give me the strength to seek no gain or recognition from it. Amen.