Expectant: Jan 1-21, 2024
21 Days of prayer and fasting
We start each year on a journey to grow spiritually in our lives, our church and within our community. This intentional pursuit is shown thru a period of 21 days of fasting and prayer, where we purposefully seek the heart of God and allow Him to speak and move in our lives. Fully expecting that as we walk in surrendered obedience we will see his transformative power manifest in our lives.
Be part of the MVMNT
- Begins January 1.
- 9AM every day on YouTube or social media we will post our prayer and scripture focus for the day.
- Join us Wednesday evenings on January 3, 10, and 17 from 630-730pm for a time of worship and prayer. We will come together as a church to worship and pray expecting God to do something new.
What types of fast do we do at Without Walls?
Although the Bible mentions all kinds of fasts, at WOW we encourage our members to do the “Daniel Fast”. For this type of fast we give up all types of meat, caffeine, sugars and bread. We also encourage any kind of extra activities that are not essential to our daily responsibilities such as social media, gaming, and other forms of entertainment.
What should I do during my fast?
Establishing a routine of daily prayer with plenty of time to seek and hear from God is utterly essential during your fast. You may want to follow a book or keep a fasting journal. We also recommend setting aside times to join with us every Wednesday during the fast at 630pm for prayer and worship.
Fasting to “tune up” your spiritual life is a really smart thing to do! Why? Because fasting is setting ourselves apart . . . and centering our lives on God. It’s not just eating differently and expecting some supernatural results. But rather, fasting helps us focus more on God and His Word and as His truth takes root in our heart, we experience the supernatural power of the Most High God. It’s a time to sanctify (set apart) one’s self in order to choose a dependence on God’s ability to provide a greater manifestation of His will and ways in your life.
“Is this not the fast that I have chosen:
To loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens,
To let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke?”
— Isaiah 58:6 —
According to Isaiah, a fast that is called by the Lord will accomplish four things:
Loose bonds of wickedness.
Undo heavy burdens (set free burdensome weights).
Let the oppressed go free.
Break every yoke (crush oppressive ties).
As you follow the obedience of fasting, you are expressing a release of your own ability to sustain yourself in other vital areas of your life. A new realization of the Lord’s victorious strength can then be manifested in financial judgments, burdens that have weighed you or your circumstances down, habits and addictions, and things that have kept you back from God’s divine destiny.
New to fasting… The Daniel Fast
The concept of a Daniel Fast originates from the first chapter of the Book of Daniel. Basically a Daniel Fast is eating only fruits and vegetables for a certain amount of time and abstaining from meat products. In the Book of Daniel, the prophet sets aside time to restrict his earthly intake so that a greater heavenly observance could be made. In Daniel 10:2–4, we find the allocation of a 21-day fast.
“In those days I, Daniel, was mourning (fasting) three full weeks.
I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth,
Nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.”
Basic Guidelines to Eating on a Daniel Fast
Foods to Eat
Whole Grains (Brown Rice, Oats, Barley, Legumes), Beans or Peas, Fruits & Vegetables, Seeds, Nuts, Sprouts, Liquids (Spring Water, Distilled Water, 100% All-Natural Fruit & Vegetable Juices).
Foods to Avoid
Meat, White Rice, Fried Foods, Foods Containing Preservatives or Additives, Refined Sugar & Sugar Substitutes, White Flour (i.e., all products using it), Margarine, Shortening, High Fat Products (e.g., dairy), Caffeine & Carbonated Beverages
Feel free to visit daniel-fast.com for recipes!
If you feel led to do liquid only, or low food fasting – make sure you are using wisdom in doing so. Covered in prayer and also having accountability and support through the process.
Prayer is our communion and communication with God. Every time we pray God draws us closer to himself.
In 21 days, we deliberately seek for God to move in our lives. We trust he will and we know he will strengthen our relationship with him.
There are many ways to pray – you can have a conversation with God as you would with a friend, you can write your prayers down in a journal, or you can even incorporate prayer into your daily routines. Moves of God begin with great expectation of God through prayer. We encourage you to pray big, bold, specific prayers.
If you don’t know where to begin in prayer you can begin with scripture. Everyday we will post a new scripture and prayer focus that you can use to get going each.