As we enter our 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting, we invite you to join us on a food fast or to abstain from something else in your life. Whatever fasting looks like for you, we encourage you to focus less on “what am I fasting from” and more on “what am I feasting on?” Fasting simply creates space to feast more on God in prayer and Scripture. Use the following guide in your prayer time this week, but ultimately rely on the Spirit to guide you to God’s heart.
WEEK 1 | Thirst
Sunday, January 16
Scripture: Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life. (John 4:13-14, NIV)
Prayer: Lord, forgive me for reaching for temporal things to quench the eternal thirst for life in me. May I thirst only for the water you offer.
Monday, January 17
Scripture: You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. (Psalm 63:1, NIV)
Prayer: Lord, bring the water of your Spirit to the places in my life that have been left dry from seeking false sources of life.
Tuesday, January 18
Scripture: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. (Matthew 5:6, NIV)
Prayer: God, stir within me a desire for your just way of living and fill me with your goodness.
Wednesday, January 19
Scripture: They did not thirst when he led them through the deserts; he made water flow for them from the rock; he split the rock and water gushed out. (Isaiah 48:21, NIV)
Prayer: God, thank you for providing for the people of Israel in the desert. Meet us in the desert places of our lives with the water we need, teaching us to trust your provision.
Thursday, January 20
Scripture: The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life. (Revelation 22:17, NIV)
Prayer: Lord, open our ears to hear your invitation to come to you daily and drink. May those around us who do not know you receive the water of life that you freely offer.
Friday, January 21
Scripture: You know what I long for, Lord; you hear my every sigh. (Psalm 38:9, NLT)
Prayer: Father, you see the desires in my heart: the unmet, the holy, the unholy. Nothing is hidden from you. Align my heart to your will.
Saturday, January 22
Scripture: Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips. When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and gave us his spirit. (John 19:28-30, NLT)
Prayer: Jesus, you experienced thirst so we would never thirst again. May we taste the fullness of the salvation you gave us through the cross.
WEEK 2 | Life
Sunday, January 23
Scripture: For I will pour out water to quench your thirst and to irrigate your parched fields. And I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants, and my blessing on your children. (Isaiah 44:3, NLT)
Prayer: When we feel empty and parched, remind us to turn to you, Father. Let your Spirit flow through our homes and families, filling them with the blessing of your presence and joy.
Monday, January 24
Scripture: My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body. Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. (Proverbs 4:20-23, NLT)
Prayer: Lord, may your Word infiltrate my being, bringing healing and wholeness. Keep anything from me that would veer my life away from your path for me.
Tuesday, January 25
Scripture: I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. (John 6:35, NIV)
Prayer: Bread of Life, may I feed on you daily, finding satisfaction in every area of life where hunger abounds.
Wednesday, January 26
Scripture: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10, NIV)
Prayer: Jesus, restore what the enemy has stolen and destroyed in us, renewing fullness of life in each of us.
Thursday, January 27
Scripture: I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this? (John 11:25-26, NIV)
Prayer: Lord, yes, I believe resurrection is found in you alone. May I live fully alive in you today.
Friday, January 28
Scripture: You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. (Psalm 16:11, NIV)
Prayer: God, fill me with the joy of knowing you are near today. May I follow you on the path of life you have for me.
Saturday, January 29
Scripture: Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? (Matthew 6:25, NIV)
Prayer: Jesus, I entrust my concerns to you. Meet me in the ordinary places of this day, letting peace and joy abound.
WEEK 3 | Ministry, Healing, Mission
Sunday, January 30
Scripture: Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. (Revelation 22:1-2, NIV)
Prayer: Father, as the world lives through an outbreak of physical disease, we recognize how much our souls need healing too. We long for the day when people from all nations live together without strife and war.
Monday, January 31
Scripture: 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, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20, NIV)
Prayer: Lord, continue to develop in me the heart of a disciple-maker. Help me to surrender my agenda and partner with you in the work you have already begun in those around me.
Tuesday, February 1
Scripture: No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8, NLT)
Prayer: Lord, teach us to walk in humility as you continue to correct us in love. Open our eyes to opportunities to do what is right and extend the mercy we have so graciously received.
Wednesday, February 2
Scripture: Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them. (John 7:38, NIV)
Prayer: Lord, let the ongoing transformation in my heart be contagious to those around me. As I continue to walk in faith, let your living water flow through me.
Thursday, February 3
Scripture: 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. (Acts 1:8, NIV)
Prayer: Lord, help me walk not in my strength but empowered by the Holy Spirit. Open my eyes to the opportunities I have to testify of you to the people close to me, far from me, and who I see as different from me.
Friday, February 4
Scripture: And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die. (Revelation 12:11, NLT)
Prayer: Lord, give us the strength and courage to live with complete abandon, following you no matter the cost.
Saturday, February 5
Scripture: How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? (Romans 10:14, NIV)
Prayer: Lord, I commit to being a voice for your Gospel. Let my life and voice continuously proclaim the Good News of Jesus and his Kingdom. May people from all nations call upon the name of Jesus and find salvation.