Daily Prayer Service Schedule

Prayer & Fasting Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Daily Prayer Service Schedule

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
August 14, 21, 28August 15, 22, 29August 16, 23, 30August 17, 24, 31August 18, 25 September 1

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the church embarking on a 21-day fast?

We are choosing to pray and fast during this 21 days season to seek God together, trusting in God's power alone to create lasting impact in our lives, our church, our community, and the world.

Do I have to fast? What does the Bible say about fasting?

The New Testament does not command followers of Jesus Christ to fast.

However, Jesus sometimes fasted (Matthew 4:2), and He assumed that His followers would also fast on occasion (Matthew 6:16–18; Mark 2:20). So, if fasting is something that Christians do, what is the proper way to fast? What does the Bible say about how to fast?

Also, it is good to examine our motives for fasting. Fasting is not about manipulating God. Fasting will not cause God to do something that is outside of His will.

Fasting is about changing ourselves to be in agreement with God’s plan and to be prepared to carry out our own roles in His plan. When you are deciding how to fast, it is crucially important to remember what fasting is all about—changing ourselves, not changing God.

What should I fast? What types of fasts are there?

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.

COMPLETE FAST

In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.

SELECTIVE FAST

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.

PARTIAL FAST

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.

SOUL FAST

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.

Scriptural references

The Bible mentions several different types of fasting. There is limiting yourself to a certain type of food (Daniel 1:8–14). There is fasting from food entirely (Daniel 10:2–3). There is fasting from food and water (Luke 4:2; Acts 9:9). There is also “fasting” from a certain activity, such as a husband and wife abstaining from sexual activity for a predetermined period (Exodus 19:15; 1 Corinthians 7:5).

Aren't prayer and fasting supposed to be private and personal?

Yes... and no.

Scripture points to the importance of praying privately in your room so as not to be seen by others (Matt 6:6). In this context, the motive and practice of individual prayer is being addressed.  That is, when we pray our motive is to seek the Father, not the approval of others in public prayer.

Jesus also encouraged us to prayer with each other in Matthew 18:19-20, “Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”

Paul fasted immediately after he had encountered Christ (Acts 9:9). Jesus fasted during his temptation in the wilderness (Luke 4:2, Matthew 4:2).  Acts 12 is a great example of the power of corporate prayer and fasting in the life of the early church.  Peter was arrested and awaiting execution "but the church was earnestly praying to God for him" (Acts 12:5b).  As a result, Peter, having been freed from his chains recognized, "the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were hoping would happen" (Acts 12:11).  The early church also received revelation from the Holy Spirit "while worshiping the Lord and fasting" Acts 13:2.

Consistent with these passages and others throughout the New Testament, it is clear that prayer and fasting are a vital part of the Christian's growth in grace and the mission of Christ.

I have medical / health concerns, how can I participate in the fast?

If you have medical / health concerns, we encourage you to consult with your physician before this season of prayer and fasting to determine whether you are able to participate in the fast. 

Remember, there is no biblical command that followers of Jesus Christ must fast. Therefore, it is not wrong to take a medical condition into account when determining how to fast.

You may, however, still be able to participate in the 21 days of prayer and fasting by engaging in a soul fast (see the question on the types of fasts) or by joining us in daily prayer throughout the 21 days season. 

When will daily prayer services be held at the church?

Daily Prayer Services will take place Monday through Friday throughout the 21-day season of prayer and fasting.  On Saturdays, prayer partners are encouraged to find a quiet place and time to pray at home.  The church will not conduct a prayer service on Saturdays.  On Sundays, prayer will be incorporated as part of our regular worship services.

Please see the Daily Prayer schedule for more information

How long is each prayer service?

We realize many people will need to get to work immediately following the prayer service. Each prayer service will be 45 minutes in length and will consist of the following:

  • An opening message by the morning's prayer leader with the prayer focus for the day. (10 mins)
  • Personal Prayer & Worship (25 mins)
  • Corporate Prayer to close the service (10 mins)

Prayer Services are scheduled to complete by 6:45am with dismissal at 7am.

How does this season work?

We will be engaging in 21 days of prayer and fasting.  There will be a daily prayer service Monday thru Friday from Aug 13 - Sep 2 @ 6am in the Main Sanctuary. Each day will have its own prayer theme.

During the daily service, there will be a moment of worship time, a moment of personal prayer, and a moment of prayer as a community of believers seeking God.

 

What if I can't attend the 6am prayer service in person?

We encourage you to attend the prayer service in person because we believe we are better together (Matthew 18:20).  However, if you are not able to attend in person, we will be broadcasting the service live over the internet.

Simply go to apopkacalvary.org/live-streaming

Why should we fast together?

We believe God wants to do a powerful work in & through our church. Fasting together allows us to seek God with one voice.

Prayer & Fasting Resources

21 Days of Prayer is a time where we intentionally seek God every day in prayer as we believe for Him to move in powerful ways. If you are preparing for an upcoming season of 21 Days of Prayer or you want to learn more about strengthening your personal prayer life, use these resources to help.

 START HERE - Prayer & Fasting Worksheet

START HERE - Prayer & Fasting Worksheet

 How to Fast for 40 Days - Donna Partow

How to Fast for 40 Days - Donna Partow

 Personal Prayer Guide (pdf)

Personal Prayer Guide (pdf)

 Richard J. Foster on the Spiritual Discipline of Fasting

Richard J. Foster on the Spiritual Discipline of Fasting

 Your Personal Guide to Fasting and Prayer by Dr. Bill Bright

Your Personal Guide to Fasting and Prayer by Dr. Bill Bright

 Dallas Willard on Fasting

Dallas Willard on Fasting

 Prayer and Fasting by Crupress

Prayer and Fasting by Crupress

 7 Basic Steps to Successful Fasting & Prayer by Bill Bright

7 Basic Steps to Successful Fasting & Prayer by Bill Bright