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Fasting is a spiritual discipline the Bible teaches. According to the Bible, fasting is voluntarily reducing or eliminating your intake of food for a specific time and purpose. When Jesus spoke about fasting in Matthew 6, He said “when you fast,” because He fully expected this would be a normal part of the prayer life of His followers; He even said God rewards fasting. “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” — Matthew 6:6-18


Our time of fasting and prayer is for three primary reasons:

  1. Fasting increases your dependence on God. The simple act of eliminating food as our sustenance is an act of worship declaring that God is the One who sustains us. In the Bible, fasting and prayer go together, so use the time you’d normally spend eating as more time in prayer.


“I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my portion of food.” — Job 23:12


  1. Fasting demonstrates the depth of your desire when praying for something. It shows you are serious enough about your prayer request to pay a personal price. God honors deep desire and praying in faith.


“‘Even now,’ declares the Lord, ‘return to Me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.’” — Joel 2:12


  1. Fasting releases God’s supernatural power. Satan would like nothing better than to cause division, discouragement, defeat, depression and doubt among us. God has always used united fasting and prayer to deal decisive blows to the enemy!


“So we fasted and pleaded with our God about this, and He granted our request.” — Ezra 8:23



Often in the Bible, God’s people fasted immediately before a major victory, miracle or answer to prayer. It prepared them for a blessing!








Monday- Prayer for Families

Scripture Reading

Joshua 24:14-16: Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.  But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Then the people answered, “Far be it from us to forsake the Lord to serve other gods!


Tuesday– Prayer for Our Community

Scripture Reading

 Acts 1:8: But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

Matthew 28:19: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…


Wednesday– Revelation from the Lord

Scripture Reading

Deuteronomy 31:1-5, “Then Moses went out and spoke these words to all Israel: “I am now a hundred and twenty years old and I am no longer able to lead you. The Lord has said to me, ‘You shall not cross the Jordan.’ The Lord your God himself will cross over ahead of you. He will destroy these nations before you, and you will take possession of their land. Joshua also will cross over ahead of you, as the Lord said. And the Lord will do to them what he did to Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites, whom he destroyed along with their land. The Lord will deliver them to you, and you must do to them all that I have commanded you. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”



Thursday– Guidance from the Lord

Scripture Reading

Psalms 32:8: I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. 

Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.


Friday-Spiritual Maturity

Scripture Reading

1 Peter 2:2-5:  Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.  As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him—you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.


Saturday– Prayer for Vacation Bible School

Scripture Reading

Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

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Sunday– Prayer of Thanksgiving

Scripture Reading:

Psalm 150

Praise the Lord.

Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord.



Parts of this guide were adapted from “Day of Fasting and Prayer” by Pastor Rick Warren