• PRAYER & FASTING

    We invite you to join us for 40 days of seeking God’s transformative power!
    January 1, 2018 – February 9, 2018

Fasting Schedule

For the entire 40 days we are to be fasting from:
Meat, Dairy, Sugar Refined products, i.e. white rice, bread, etc.
(Water is emphasized for EVERYDAY)

JAN 1 – JAN 7

Juice only: 100% Fruit juices, vegetable juices & water (not from concentrate)

JAN 8 – JAN 14

Fruit only: preferably fresh, organic (no canned)

JAN 15 – JAN 21

Vegetable only: preferably fresh, organic (no canned)

JAN 22 – JAN 28

Fruits & vegetables: preferably fresh, organic (no canned)

JAN 29 – FEB 4

Fruits, vegetables, & whole grain bread: fresh, organic (no canned)

FEB 5 – FEB 9

Fruits, vegetables, soups, whole grains & nuts: fresh, organic (no canned)

6 Easy Steps to Get Started Fasting

In view of helping you start down the slow path to good fasting, here are six simple pieces of advice.

1. Start small

Don’t go from no fasting to attempting a week long. Start with one meal; maybe fast one meal a week for several weeks. A juice fast means abstaining from all food and beverage, except for juice and water. Allowing yourself juice provides nutrients and sugar for the body to keep you operating, while also still feeling the effects from going without solid food. It’s not recommended that you abstain from water during a fast of any length.

2. Plan what you’ll do instead of eating

Fasting isn’t merely an act of self-deprivation, but a spiritual discipline for seeking more of God’s fullness. Which means we should have a plan for what positive pursuit to undertake in the time it normally takes to eat. One significant part of fasting is the time it creates for prayer and meditation on God’s word or some act of love for others.

3. Consider how it will affect others

Fasting is no license to be unloving. It would be sad to lack concern and care for others around us because of this expression of heightened focus on God. Love for God and for neighbor go together. Good fasting mingles horizontal concern with the vertical.

4. Try different kinds of fasting

The typical form of fasting is personal, private, and partial, but we find a variety of forms in the Bible. Consider fasting together with your family, small group, or church. Plead with special earnestness for God’s help by linking arms with other believers to fast together.

5. Fast from something other than food

Fasting from food is not necessarily for everyone. Some health conditions keep even the most devout from the traditional course. However, fasting is not limited to abstaining from food. If the better part of wisdom for you, in your health condition, is not to go without food, consider fasting from television, computer, social media, or some other regular enjoyment that would bend your heart toward greater enjoyment of Jesus.

6. Don’t think of white elephants

When your empty stomach starts to growl and begins sending your brain every “feed me” signal it can, don’t be content to let your mind dwell on the fact that you haven’t eaten. If you make it through with an iron will that says no to your stomach, but doesn’t turn your mind’s eye elsewhere, it says more about your love for food than your love for God.

Christian fasting turns its attention to Jesus or some great cause of his in the world. Christian fasting seeks to take the pains of hunger and transpose them into the key of some eternal anthem, whether it’s fighting against some sin, or pleading for someone’s salvation, or for the cause of the unborn, or longing for a greater taste of Jesus.

Prayer Resources

See the community around you with new eyes.
Take this 40-day journey through the book of Nehemiah
to discover God’s heart for rebuilding broken lives and hopes.

GROUP STUDY RESOURCES

Begin by clicking below to access the devotion and once there click the app icon at the bottom of the page to install the mobile app.

For those not able to use the digital YouVersion guide, we have made available a PDF copy for printing or saving, from our website below.

PRAYER PARTNERS

We encourage the group study option in the devotional plan. Use it with your prayer partner or choose to do larger study groups where you can share responses to each reading. In case you don’t have a prayer partner, you are invited to join us daily on our prayer line.

Daily Prayer Line

(605) 468-8009  pin: 594817# | 5:30am | 12:00pm | 6:00pm

GROUP MEETINGS

During these next 40 days, we encourage group prayer and bible study to help strengthen you during this spiritual journey.

Church Meeting Schedule

Week 1: Sunday – Friday | 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Weeks 2-6 (prayer line): Daily 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Weeks 2-6 (in person): Wednesdays ONLY in church | 7:00pm – 8:00pm

UPDATES & ALERTS

This year, we want to ensure that more people than ever are involved in our 40 days of prayer and fasting. With that in mind, we will be sharing updates on our website, social media (Instagram, Facebook & Twitter) and via text message alerts.

Text Alerts

Sign up for alerts by texting the word 40days to 55469.

40 Day Fasting Recipes

Check back weekly for recipes and food tips to help you get through each day of the fast.

Week 4 Recipes

Week 5 Recipes

Week 6 Recipes