21 Day Fast

Prayer Points

2 Chronicles 7:14, “If My people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

We are to: Humble/Repent/Seek
 
Prayer Points:
  • Authentic Personal and Corporate Revival
  • Salvation
  • Leadership (Local and National)
  • Pastors
  • Missionaries
  • A Nation to repent
  • Deliverance of strongholds
  • Supernatural Provision during building and construction of new campus (Huffman Campus)
  • Unity (Church, Family, Nation)
  • Physical Healing
  • Educational System
  • Family/Relationships
  • Purpose
  • Identity in Christ
Don’t forget to pick up your “Impossibility List

”When you fast and pray, you will see amazing results from God. It’s all about putting Him First----Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all things will be added to you.”

Daily Devotions

Day 1 


Matthew 7:7 NLT
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.
 
I love the way that the new living Translation writes this verse. The fact that it emphasizes the word keep at the beginning of each sentence. It reminds us that we are to remain persistent in pursuing the things of God. We sometimes can fall into the thought process that if we ask God for something that he will immediately respond to our requests. As we live in a culture that everything is available at the click of a button and delivered by tomorrow. We want our God to respond the same way. The Heart of God is to give us good gifts and supply our needs. The verse points out that if we KEEP asking, KEEP seeking ,and KEEP knocking that God will answer us. God wants to see a heart of perseverance as we seek after him.

Children's Pastor Tom Long
 

Day 2

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭42:4-5‬ ‭NLT‬‬
“My heart is breaking as I remember how it used to be: I walked among the crowds of worshipers, leading a great procession to the house of God, singing for joy and giving thanks amid the sound of a great celebration! Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God.”

How many of us are feeling this way right how as we look at the current events all around us?  It’s hard not to shake discouragement, disappointment, hopelessness, fear, and to wish for how things used to be. Many believe David, the one who wrote the psalm above, wrote this psalm during the time he was running from King Saul who was trying to kill him at the time.  He too was fighting the temptation to succumb to his current circumstances instead of remembering all that God had done for him and would do. And in that moment he made a choice.  A choice to worship God and to put his hope in Him.  It’s times like these that our faith can be strengthened.  All we truly need is the Lord.  He truly is our anchor in the storm.  So as you fast today, let your faith and hope rise as you focus not on the waves but on the one who can calm them.

MDO Director and Youth Pastor Rhonda Powell

Day 3

Why are you afraid?
Why are you fearful, O you of little faith? Matthew 8:26
 
Can you imagine a life with no fear? This is the possibility behind Jesus’ question.
  Here is how one of them remembered the trip: Jesus got into the boat, and his followers went with him. A great storm arose on the lake so that the waves covered the boat”(Matthew 8:23-24).
   Wouldn’t you hope for a more positive second sentence, “ Jesus got into a boat. His followers went with him, and suddenly a great rainbow appeared in the sky!” No. The story sends a reminder that getting on board with Christ can mean getting soaked with Christ.
     Christ- Followers contract Covid 19, bury children, battle addictions, and face uncertainty in our land. It’s whom we discover in the storm: An unstirred Christ.
     The question: “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” (Mark 4:38).
          They do not ask about Jesus’ strength: “Can you still the storm?” But rather, they raise doubts about Jesus’ character: Do you not care…”
 
Remember, Jesus is in the boat!!!!
 
Pastor Marty

Day 4

John 10:27-28
27.  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;
28.   and I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish;  and no one shall snatch them out of My hand.

In these uncertain times we all need peace and assurance in our lives!
I pray that you would all submit to our Lord, open up your spiritual heart and receive His Word, His love, His peace and His security!
Be attentive to His spirit and decide to remain in His will - the best place ever to be!
Blessings & love,
Pastor John.

Day 5

Philippians 1:6  And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
 
 As I sit a and look at where my life is I start to think about all the things that God has done in me over the years. He has brought me through some amazing transformations in my life. When I look at the way my life could have turned out and the direction it is heading I look at this verse and rejoice. There are things that the Lord has started in me and given to me through dreams and prophecies that have yet unfold. There are even truths in the word of God that I still struggle to fully grasp to this day. But knowing that all the good things that God has put into me are going to be completed in this world or the next brings me a peace. I want to see them in the natural but am content in seeing them fulfilled in the eternal.
Children's Pastor Tom Long

Day 6

Isaiah 54:2 2 “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords strengthen your stakes.”

I want to take a minute today as you are reading this and encourage you while we are fasting as church.  When we read through this scripture passage, we see that it is talking about making room and what it takes to do that.  If you are going to enlarge the place of your tent, then you need to do what it takes in order for that to happen. You have to stretch, lengthen, and strengthen to make room.

I want us to look at our fast in the same way.  When we are fasting, what we are doing is making room.  See when you fast, you are tearing down your flesh and as we tell our flesh, “No,” what we are doing is making less of us so there can be more room for God.  So, when you are having hunger pains and things seem to be a little difficult remember it will all be worth it because the less of us there is the more of him there can be in your life.
Student Pastor Josh Powell

Day 7

“The apostles returned to Jesus from their ministry tour and told him all they had done and taught. Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat. So they left by boat for a quiet place, where they could be alone.”‭‭Mark‬ ‭6:30-32‬ ‭NLT‬‬https://www.bible.com/116/mrk.6.30-32.nlt

 The disciples had been ministering to people, teaching them the truths they had learned from Jesus and doing miracles in the name of Jesus.  They were doing amazing things and seeing lives changed and there were still many to be ministered to, but Jesus knew they needed time with him, they needed to get away.
The pace of our life is so hectic.  This is why fasting and prayer is so powerful and needed because it should be a change of pace, a change of routine.  A time that you hear the Lord say, “Come away to a quiet place to be with me.”
Fasting is not easy.  Many times in a fast I go through periods where all I want is the Lord and then the next moment I’m so hungry and weak I want to hurry through the fast so I can eat.  I want to keep myself busy and active so it goes by faster, but this isn’t what the Lord wants.  He truly wants us to take this time to be with him, to feast on his word. Don’t rush through it. The Lord has so much to show you and so much to do in you and those around you. Take it one day at a time. You will be eating all the foods you want soon enough.  Take this time during the fast to go away to that quiet place as much as you can during each day with the lover of your soul. The world can wait.
MDO Director and Student Pastor Rhonda Powell

Day 8

“When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying. Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer the door. When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, “Peter is at the door!” “You’re out of your mind,” they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, “It must be his angel.” But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished.”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭12:12-16‬ ‭NIV‬‬
This passage occurs right after an Angel of the Lord had delivered Peter from prison.  James had just been killed by the sword and chances were Peter was next, but the church began to pray!
I love their response to God’s answer.  It was “exceedingly, abundantly, more than they could have conceived or imagined.” (Ephesians 3:20-21). The poor girl is trying to tell them truth and they tell her that impossible! Yet that is just the realm our God works in...the impossible realm.  

We are all facing “impossible” circumstances, but we are serving a God to whom nothing is impossible and Jesus states in Mark 9:23, “Nothing is impossible for Him who believes.”  Determine to feast even more on the words and promises of God as we continue to fast.  Let your faith rise.  See things from God’s perspective, not men’s.  The early church prayed and believed God would deliver Peter, but never imagined he would do it so supernaturally and he is still in the business of blowing our minds with how he can work.  So get excited today!  God is hearing your prayers and about to move and answer them in supernatural ways.
MDO Director and Student Pastor Rhonda Powell

Day 9

As we continue this corporate fast, this time of seeking the Lord, one word keeps coming to my mind – ALIGNMENT.
 
It’s wonderful to want to pray for the nation and all that is going on around us, but I believe God first wants us to make absolutely sure that we ourselves are aligned with him, both as individuals and as a church.
 He wants to move us out of the realm of ‘presumption’ and ‘assumption’ into a walk that is truly Christ-exalting, Bible-based, and Spirit-directed, fully aligned with who he is and all that he wants to do in, among, and through us.
 So, what do I need to do to become aligned? Here are two key steps. [In the days ahead, more will follow.]
 Romans 12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable [pleasing] to God, which is your spiritual [Gk. reasonable] worship
 As Jesus presented his body to the Father as an atoning sacrifice for us, we as an act of worship present our bodies to him as a spiritual sacrifice. The language here pictures priests offering sacrificial animals at the altar, only we are not offering animals but ourselves. This conveys the idea of presenting all that you are to him, placing your life on the altar before him, so that he can work in and through you for his glory.
 Romans 12:2. Do not be conformed to [shaped according to] this world, but be transformed [metamorphosed] by the renewal [renovation] of your mind, that by testing [proving] you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
 We don’t let the world shape us. Instead, we yield ourselves and allow the Holy Spirit to completely change the way we think so that our root beliefs, values, and attitudes completely align with the Lord.
 What is required to make this happen?
You must regularly engage with God’s word and let God engage with you (John 15:7-8)!
You must spend time in meaningful connection with the Father so that he can speak to you by the Holy Spirit, just as the Lord Jesus did (Luke 5:16).
You must allow the Spirit to work in your life (Ephesians 5:18).
As you yield yourself to God and allow the Spirit to work in your inner person, you will indeed undergo a spiritual metamorphosis and find yourself increasingly aligned with the Lord Jesus. The old you will fade and the new you in Christ will become more and more evident!
Dr. Bert Watson
Equipping and Missions

Day 10

John 14:23
 
23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”
 
If there is one word that we do not like to hear it is obedience.  From the time that we were kids and as we grow up it is a tough thing for us to do.  We all have a free will and we like to be independent in our lives and the choices that we make.  When we look at this scripture, it says that anyone who loves Jesus will obey what His teaching.  So it sounds like it is pretty important for us to know and obey the teachings of Jesus.  
To me, one of the most important things we need as believers is a real authentic relationship with God in our lives.  In this verse it tells us that if we obey, then God will love us and will come to us and then make his home with us.  So I want to continue on the subject of making room for God in our lives and I think the most important thing we can do to make room for him is with our obedience.  
When you look into the word of God any time you see God ask something of his people, it is always followed up with a promise.  IF my people will humble themselves, repent,  turn from their wicked ways THEN I will heal their land.  See when we are obedient, it allows God to come in and do only what he can do.  I know it is a tough subject sometimes but think about tithing.  God ask us to give 10 percent and if we do that THEN he will show up in our lives and open the windows of heaven over us.  Wow that is powerful.
The second part to this is that it is hard to obey something that we don’t know. So I want to encourage you while we are fasting to get into the word of God.  It is the most important meal of the day expecially during a fast.  So make time to read the word and make it a regular part of your life.  The last thing is give yourself some alone time with just you and God so that you can hear his voice during the fast.  Remember obey him and you will make more room for him in your life.
Student Pastor Josh Powell

Day 11

Matthew 4:4
Jesus answered, “It is written: “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”  After 40 days of and nights of fasting, this is how Jesus responded to the Devil.  He was strengthened in His fast to resist temptations and lies of the devil. 
Can I be honest?  Fasting is hard.  It seems as though every time I fast, I spend the first week fighting off constant thoughts about how hungry I am and what I would love to be eating.  I even have thoughts like; “a little bit of this won’t hurt me,” “I’ve done well for a week, I deserve a treat,”  “surely God doesn’t want me to have this bad headache.”
But, as I press forward in fasting, I realize that those little thoughts are actually lies of the enemy trying to stop me from fasting and spending time with Jesus.  Isn’t that his favorite tactic – lies and deception?  Those are the same lies he told Eve in the garden. It is what he tries to tell us on a daily basis to keep us from God’s purpose and plan.  You see, the devil cannot steal your salvation, but he can steal your purpose and potential if you let him. He wants nothing more than to deceive you and keep you from God, because God has a lot to tell you and teach you. God has a purpose and plan for you and He desperately wants you to talk to Him about it and fulfill that purpose.
The world we live in is a busy place and there are many distractions and many temptations that can take over our lives and cause us to miss our moments. However, fasting always helps me get my flesh back into check, to recognize the lies of the enemy, and strengthens me to reject those lies and deceptions.
As we continue on this corporate fast together, I encourage you to stay the course.  God has something important to impart to you and the enemy does not want you to hear it.
 But church, we NEED to hear it.  He is calling us up to help dispel the darkness in our world.
Therefore, do not let your mind wander or leave it unguarded.  During this fast, your mind is the one thing you can feed, so feed it well.  Feed it God’s word, feed it truth, feed it faith, and feed it with love.
I can testify that it will be the best meal you have ever had.
Denise Mustin

Day 12

2 Kings 13:14-20
leading up to verse 14, God had delayed Judgement on Israel when they turned to him for help. It was not long before they had been worshiping idols and it was not too long after that they went back to their old ways. King after King followed and or allowed the people to do what was evil in the eyes of God.
God Search my heart today, is there anything that I have in my life that removes you from being in your rightful place? What are some potential idols that I have in my life?
As the News of Elisha's sickness, the king wept because he wrongfully tied the welfare of his people with Elisha versus God as his source. Elisha was highly regarded and had done miracles but the King didn't grasp the power behind those miracles.
God help me to give you credit for the miracles in my life. List below those things you know were done by God in spite of your abilities.
Spend a moment sharing one of two of these items with someone to help glorify God.
As Elisha gave instructions to the King and guided his hands on the arrow to shoot out the window and then gave the next step of instructions to take the other arrows and strike the ground. The King struck the ground three times and it resulted in Elisha's anger and him saying you should have struck the ground five or six times. As a result of the three strikes on the ground the King will only be victorious three times instead of entirely destroying the enemy.
When has God's word moved you to act but only in a half hearted way?
When we do not follow God's complete instruction do we realize that it equates to disobedience.
I want all that God has for me, all that he has laid out before the beginning of time. Not just a part but all of it.
God help me to move today with complete and full obedience to the callings on my life. I do not want to just defeat the enemy partially but completely by submitting to your ways.
Leslie Crain

Day 13

2 Corinthians 5:7, “for we walk by faith, not by sight.”

Galatians 6:9, “And let us now not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap a harvest, if we do not give up.”

Have you ever faced the spirit of discouragement in a fast? This demonic spirit that comes and whispers into your thoughts, “Your prayers aren’t making a difference. You are fasting for no reason. This is ridiculous. You are crazy. You are going to stay stuck. Your circumstances aren’t going to change. There’s no way that person is going to be saved. Your financial situation will always be this way. You’ll never get that promotion. God isn’t going to answer these big prayers you are praying. You are believing for far too much. Look, you can see there is no possible way. You are putting yourself through all this for no reason. Give up. God can’t use you in the way you desire. Just settle. He may be able to do whatever you are asking, but is He willing?”
I know I have faced this spirit many times in a fast. There are moments my faith is so great and then other moments I’m tempted to give up and lower my expectations for fear of being disappointed.  Just recently in this fast I felt an onslaught of discouragement. It was a heaviness I felt that I couldn’t shake almost to a paralyzing place within my spirit of not feeling I could pray or ask for anything, but I knelt before the Lord anyway. I was honest with the Lord in how I was feeling and the Holy Spirit gently spoke to me that if the Spirit of Discouragement had showed up and was whispering in my ear, then that means he knows what I am doing is making a difference and he is trying to stop it. So don’t give up! This spirit tries to convince us that these thoughts are our own rational thoughts, but they aren’t. This demon is on an assignment from the enemy to deter us.
We don’t walk by what we see currently, and His thoughts and ways are higher than our thoughts and ways. (Isaiah 55:8-9) We cannot even conceive how God is going to work these things out that we pray for, we just pray and believe that He is.  (Mark 11:24). He has solutions our minds can’t comprehend and He is working in ways that we really have no clue until the work is done. He sees the bigger picture, and he knows that fasting and prayer paves the way for Him to be able to work more effectively and powerfully in our lives.  This is why we are asked to do it. It clears the path of demonic hindrances. Nothing Satan can plan or try to do can stop the Lord when we humble ourselves before God and continue to press on in prayer and fasting. So don’t give up! If discouragement is knocking on your door do not grow weary in doing good. Know that this demonic spirit will flee as you continue to press into the things of God despite what it says. Believe for the impossible to be possible, for as Galatians tells us, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up! You may not see the fruit of your efforts yet, but take heart if you’ve faced discouragement.  It’s proof that what you are doing is working and your answers are just around the corner!
MDO Director and Student Pastor Rhonda Powell

Day 14

John 15:5
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
 
Playing basketball is a big part of my life. It is something that I love to do.  Why you might ask? Well, I am from Indiana, a basketball state, so I grew up all my life loving, playing and watching basketball.  I was blessed to be able to play and be a part of a State championship team when I was in high school.  One of the big lessons I learned when I played basketball is how powerful momentum is.  After one of our games, our coach brought us in and showed us this one part of the game that changed everything.  When we were playing, we were passing the ball around and running our motion offense and at this point in the game we were losing.  Then after 2 minutes of running the same offense somebody got open for a back cut and we hit a layup and our coach was showing us how the other team responded.  All of them dropped their heads after playing so hard and for us to get such an easy shot.  The momentum shifted to our favor.
 I want to encourage you today that as we are fasting that the momentum is shifting into our favor. Yes the enemy is still present and is fighting harder, but there is a shifting in the spiritual realm that is going to allow us to win. Why do I say this? Because as you fast, you’re connecting yourself to the source that will allow you to bear fruit. I want you to remember as we get to the end of this fast, if we want to keep momentum in our spiritual life, if we are still wanting to win after the fast, this passage says apart from him we can do nothing. So stay connected to God to keep the momentum going.
Student Pastor Josh Powell

Day 15

Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

As we journey through this fast together God has really laid on my heart the need to serve. We see that Jesus modeled this for us in the very reason that he came to earth. Being the Son of God he had every right to be served and treated as the King that he was. Instead he gave his life for us all in the ultimate act of service. We have a responsibility to mirror this action out for those around us. By being of a service mindset we let the world know that we apart of something that is bigger than us. So I challenge you as we try to draw closer to God and hear his voice that we honor him by serving somewhere for his glory.
Children's Pastor Tom Long

Day 16

 Revelation 2:1-5
2 “I know your works, your labor, your [b]patience, and that you cannot [c]bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; 3 and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary.
4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works,

For more than a month now, I have seen a church sign on FM 2100 that has been flipped upside down.  It has bothered me since the first time I saw it.  You see, typically when a flag (or symbol) is displayed upside down, it means that the nation or group it represents is in distress. I believe many of you would agree that the church as a corporate body has been in distress in America for a while.  Many of us that claim to be Christians have become more about what the church can do for us, and less about what we the church are supposed to be doing for others.  Or we have become so busy “doing church” that we have forgot to be the church. I know
 I am guilty of “staying busy” doing good works and not necessarily with the right motivation or attitude.

During our 21 day corporate fast, I pray that we as a local church go back to our first works, to that zeal of spending time with God and doing everything with the motivation for others to get to know Jesus Christ. Casting Crowns song, “Start Right Here,” says it well . . . “If we want to see a change out there, it starts right here,” with us, the church.
The lyrics state: We're the people who are called by His name If we'll surrender all our pride and turn from our ways He will hear from Heaven and forgive our sin
He will heal our land but it starts right here  This song is based on the verse 2 Chronicles 7:14:
14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways,
then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

We have a few more days left in our fast.  Take time to pray for God to take you back to when you were first saved. Pray for Him to give you discernment to know what needs to change in you in order to impact the world out there. Pray for Him to make you hungry for more of Him. Then seek Him with all your heart.
If we each do this, then together, we can turn that upside down sign around, help the church arise, and let everyone know the love of our Savior Jesus Christ.
In His name, Denise Mustin