“Your Kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”—Matthew 6:10
Pastor Rick and Michelle love to dedicate the beginning of each year to the Lord by joining together in prayer and fasting as a church. We fast to set aside things that we crave so that our attention and desires may be renewed for the Lord. We pray to grow in our relationship with God and to see God’s will done in our lives, our church, and our world. The Bible promises that when we unite in prayer and fasting, His power goes into action! We are believing for clarity of vision, a new and refreshed focus on the harvest, and a revival in every individual in 2021.
Day 1 - Lord, Teach Us To Pray
by Marcus Brown
Scripture: 1 Samuel 13:19-22; Luke 18:35-43
In today’s devotion, Pastor Marcus Brown invites us to let God bring a new conviction and a new passion as we devote time with Him, time in His Word, and time hearing from God in this season of Prayer and Fasting. Prayer and fasting were spiritual disciplines, habits for Jesus. We want it to be a habit for us, as well!
He describes a moment in Israel’s history when the Israelite warriors went to battle devoid of their weapons of warfare: their spears and swords. Similarly, today the greatest weapons of our warfare, prayer and fasting, have somehow been eliminated from our lives. In our biggest battles, we need our prayer coverage to outkick our problem, not the other way around.
Through today’s story of the blind beggar who receives his sight, Pastor Marcus gives us strong principles to help us know how to pray in such a way that, when we pray and fast, that things change around us—people are healed, and captives are set free.
Question: Are you specific in what you want from God? Are you persistent when you ask, pouring your heart out with passion? What exactly do you want Him to do for you? Write it down.
Prayer Starter: Before you start praying today, write down—somewhere where you won’t lose it or forget it—what you really want God to do for you, your family, your church, and your community in this season. Now, look at that list, setting aside everything else that might distract you, and be gut-level honest with God about what’s on your mind.
Day 2 - Our Father
by Heather Hoyt
Scripture: “Our Father, Who is in heaven, Holy is Your name.”—Matthew 6:9
Matthew 6:9 is the moment Jesus teaches his disciples and us how to pray, first showing us how we approach God, our Father. We approach Him with honor and adoration, recognizing that we are in a divine relationship with our holy God.
Heather explains today that though Moses presented God as our good Father, Jesus was the revelation of God as our good Father. The difference between presentation and revelation is an encounter.
The word Jesus used for God our Father was the word “pater,” or “Abba,” which literally translates to “dada,” the name a baby uses, the most innocent and dependent view a person could have. When we approach God as Father, Abba, dada, we are completely trusting that He is who he says He is, that He will provide, and He is good.
Question: Who is God, and what does His name mean to you?
Often, we view our relationship with God the Father through the lens of our relationship with our earthly fathers. When you think of God as your Father, what kind of image does that bring to mind?
Prayer Starter: If the above question brought up any kind of pain or regret, can you take a moment to lift that before your good, kind Father God who passionately loves you and desires to heal those memories and places of your heart? Invite Him to bring healing as you choose to pray, “God, I forgive my dad (or stepdad) for _______, and I release those memories to You. What do You have for me in exchange?” God’s Word promises that He always trades up! (See Isaiah 61:3). Write down what you sense God is telling or showing you, and tell a friend about it.
Day 3 - Your Kingdom Come
by Bobby Hamilton
Scripture: “Your Kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”—Matthew 6:10
In today’s look at The Lord’s Prayer, this verse is the second time Jesus mentions “heaven” in this very short prayer, reminding us that heaven is our eternal home. In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus modeled this prayer for us when He prayed to the Father, “Not My will but Yours be done.”
Because He prayed that prayer, submitting to the will of the Father, we now have forgiveness and eternal life! And three decades prior to this moment, his mother, Mary, prayed the same prayer when the Holy Spirit visited her to tell her she was going to have a baby. This ordinary woman who said yes to God gave birth to the Savior of all mankind.
When we say yes to the will of God, as ordinary people agreeing to do God’s will, He can (and will!) use us to birth something that we would never dream could have happened. So in submission, let's be like Mary who said, “Here I am! I'm your servant. Let it be done to me according to your word.”
Question: Where “on earth” do you want God’s ways and will to increase and reign in your life?
Prayer Starter: Take some time today to get quiet before the Lord, setting your agenda and requests aside and surrendering to God as your Lord and King, submitting to His will and way in your life. Stay in a place of humble submission as you read His Word, listen to His voice, and sincerely pray, “Let Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Spend time today interceding for your family, our church, our community, our state, and our nation.
Day 4 - Our Daily Bread
by Hunter Bezet
Scripture: “Give us this day our daily bread.”—Matthew 6:11
As we look at today’s passage, Pastor Hunter focuses on the word daily, which is used only once in the entire Bible! He explains that Jesus purposed to use this word to describe the way they should pray, developing a consistent, everyday relationship with Him.
Jesus is our Jehovah Jireh, our provider, the one who wants to be there, walking with us daily through the answer that we are looking for. He wants to walk with us every day, not just on Sundays, spending time with Him every day, walking with Him not on your own but with your family or closest friends.
During the week of Prayer and Fasting, Pastor Hunter encourages us to grab other people to pray and fast together. If you have a family, lead them in prayer daily. When you fast, don’t do it on your own. Model this to your kids. If you don’t have a spouse or kids, then pray for your future family!
Question: What do you need today?
Prayer Starter: Spend time today expressing your needs out loud to Jesus. If you need provision for needs or direction for your family, it’s okay to ask Him
Day 5 - Forgive Us As We Forgive
by Rebecca Shatswell
Scripture: “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”—Matthew 6:12
As Rebecca Shatswell teaches us about forgiveness today, she reminds us that Jesus always has a way of making complicated things simple. And He includes prayer in that simplicity, but the enemy wants to intimidate you so that you’ll discredit yourself and detach yourself from the very thing that God designed to be your life source: your prayer life, your communion with God.
Jesus encourages us to daily let the Holy Spirit do a quick assessment of our hearts. Is there something you need God to forgive you for? Is there something you need to forgive someone else for, as well? He challenges us to humble ourselves and admit it.
Question: WHAT do you need to confess and repent of? WHO do you need to forgive?
Prayer Starter: Father God, I need your forgiveness in my life today. I still have weaknesses where I need your covering and mercy. Lord, who do I need to forgive? … In Jesus’ Name, I choose to forgive [say who] for [say why], and I release them to You, Lord, because You are the righteous judge; I am not.
Your word also promises that if we confess our sins, You are faithful to forgive me and cleanse me of all unrighteousness, so Father, I confess __________________, and I receive your forgiveness and cleansing! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!”
Day 6 - Deliver Us From Evil
by Rachael Bernardi
Scripture: “And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.’ For Yours is the kingdom, power, glory, forever amen.”—Matthew 6:13
Today, Rachael Bernardi walks us through the importance of first choosing humility before the Lord as we pray the Lord’s Prayer, reminding us that the moment we forgive others (Matthew 6:12), we are released from the torment of anger and bitterness that results from unforgiveness. (See Matthew 18:21-35). But our moment of greatest victory is often followed by the enemy trying to trip us up again, whether through feel-good sin or something more familiar, like choosing to be offended again.
When Jesus taught us to pray, “And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil,” He was teaching us about watchful prayer, staying alert to the enemy’s attacks, standing firm in our faith, knowing God’s truth. And we know God’s truth by meditating on God’s Word and letting it renew our minds, changing us from the inside out. (See Romans 12:1-2).
One practical way of meditating on God’s Word is to choose a passage and make it a prayer, praying Scripture out loud, agreeing with God in prayer. Above all, it is essential to remember that our sovereign Lord God protects and delivers us. For Yours is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory forever! Amen.
Question: What is a weakness or tendency you need God’s help with? Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what your next step is concerning what He revealed to you. Ask yourself, “Why does my acknowledgment of God’s supremacy matter?” and journal about it.
Prayer Starter: Choose a passage of Scripture today and pray it back to God. Suggested Scriptures: 1 Peter 5:6-9; Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 6:10-17; Philippians 4:4-9; Psalm 23.
Day 7 - Jesus and Fasting
by Bronson Duke
Scripture: Luke 4:1-13; Mark 9:29
In today’s devotional, Pastor Bronson Duke takes us through the temptation of Jesus. In this scene, the devil tempts Jesus to go outside of His Father’s way and take up an authority of his own, using his power and influence to glorify Himself.
Just as Jesus prayed and fasted in the wilderness for 40 days, the Israelites wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. Jesus chose, over and over, to submit His will to the Father’s will, and when He overcame, He returned in the power of the Holy Spirit. The Israelites, on the other hand, gave in to their desires, into doing things their way. And the result, unfortunately, is that they missed the plan of God.
Similarly, think of giftings in your own life. We all are tempted to do things our way, but anytime we take God out of the center and pursue our giftings for our glory, it becomes a hollow shell, a fractured glory in comparison to what God has in store for us.
Jesus demonstrated in Mark 9:29 that prayer plus fasting is necessary to break spiritual strongholds. And when we fast, we position God as primary in our lives and all other desires as secondary.
Question: WHAT desires are you setting aside this week? Is there a situation in your life that you need a breakthrough this week?
Prayer Starter: Jesus, Thank You for the way You paved the way for us! Thank You for choosing obedience in the challenging moments and in every moment. Thank You for taking our sin and rebellion to the Cross, then giving us the Holy Spirit so that we can be empowered to submit our will to Your will, that we can obey You! God, I choose to stay in Your Word today, meditating on it and allowing it to sink into my heart and change me from the inside out. Please show me what You want for me this year. This month. Today. I choose now to obey You when you speak.