2023 Church-wide Prayer & Fasting

Fasting is the one of the most powerful spiritual disciplines of all the Christian disciplines. It is God’s presecribed method of dealing with urgent needs. How badly do you want an answer? How much do you want a breakthrough and deliverance from the destructive habit, mindset, and addiction? How badly do you need God’s intervention in that situation- marriage, health, ministry, business, career, purpose/destiny? Do you want it enough to give up food or some other gratifications? If the answer is yes, then come to God in Prayer and Praise coupled with fasting. Prayer and fasting is a proven biblical system of advantage for the a serious believer in Christ.

PRINCIPLES OF FASTING

The mystery of fasting is a major principle throughout the bible. It is essential to accessing the infinite possibilities of the Kingdom life.

Definition: Voluntarily going without food in order to focus on prayer and fellowship with GOD. Drinking of water is recommended; especially, with prolonged days of fasting. According to medicine, one can live without food for one week, but only three days without water.

Forms of Fasting
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Absolute Fast

Completely abstaining from eating & drinking. Employed by Ezra as he mourned over the faithlessness of the people of Israel in Exile- Ezra 10:6

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Regular Fast

Abstaining from all food. Illustarted by Jesus following His baptism- Matthew 4:2

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Partial Fast

Abstaining from certain foods as illustrated by Daniel- Dan. 10:3; 1:12

Length of Fasting

Varies in length as the Spirit of God lays in your heart. However, below are some time frames recorded in the bible:

One day

Judges 20:26, I Samuel 14:24, 2 Corinthians 11:27

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Three days

Esther 4:16-17, Acts 9:9

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Seven days

I Sam. 31: 11-13; 2 Sam. 12:16-18

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Twenty-one days

Daniel 10:2-3

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Forty days

Exodus 34:28; I Kings 19:8; Matt. 4:2-8

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By the leading & direction of the Holy Spirit, we are enaging in a twelve days fast (January 2-13) as we kick off the year 2023.

PURPOSE OF FASTING

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Purity

Fasting starves the flesh so that the Spirit can be nourished. It facilitates the breaking of the bondage of sin in our lives- Isaiah 58:6;I Cor. 9:27; Matt. 16:24

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Revival

Fasting brings an awakening of our spirit-man. It gives you a renewed and constant awareness of God’s presence- Isaiah 58:9, Daniel 9:1-3, Jonah 3:5-10

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Guidance/spritiual sensitivity

Fasting facilitates fellowship and intimacy with God; which in turn quickens your senses of interaction with the realm of the spirit, such that you are able to receive guidance and direction by the Spirit- Is. 30:21, II Corinthians 4:18, Is.40:29-31

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Humility/Brokenness

Fasting brings you to a place of brokenness. A place where you see yourself as worth nothing; a place where you absolutely need God in your life- Is. 58:5

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Power

During fasting, you experience fresh power to overcome unseen forces militating against you- Is. 58:6, Luke 4:14a, Matthew17:14-21, II Chronicles 20:1-30

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Healing

According to Paavo Ariola (Health expert), “Fasting is the oldest therapeutic method known to man, even before the advent of the medicine man and in the healing arts, man instinctively stopped eating when feeling ill and abstains from food until his health was restored.” Fasting is the body’s most natural way of getting rid of harmful toxins and causes the mind to think clearly.- Is. 58: 11b&c

THE PRACTICE OF FASTING

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Set Your Objective

Identify your aim/objective for fasting- Example, for Power vs healing vs grace to handle a difficult situation vs revivial.

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Make a commitment

Pray that God will help you:

Limit/restrict certain physical and social activities.

Pray that God will help you.

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Prepare yourself spiritually

The primary foundation of fasting is repentance. Unconfessed sin will hinder your prayers.

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Prepare yourself physically

Fasting requires reasonable precautions. Consult your physician first; especially, if you are on prescribed medication or dealing with chronic ailment. Few pointers include:

Do not rush into your fast.

Prepare your body. Eat smaller meals before starting a fast. Avoid high-fat or high-sugar foods.

Eat raw vegetable and fruits for two days before engagingin a long fast.

Limit your physical & mental activity.

Avoid medications, even natural herbal medication and homeopathic remedies. Pls consult your physician if your’re on prescribed medication.

Exercise moderately and rest your body as much as you can.

Prepare yourself for the body’s natural reaction to the new restrictions/conditions- e.g. crankiness, irritability, hunger pains, dizziness and even headaches, which may be the result of sugar and caffeine withdrawal.

GROOM YOURSELF WELL & SMELL FRESH. Only God should know that you’re fasting.

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Put yourself on a schedule and be discipline enough to follow the schedule (Avoid Television & Social Media or other distractions that will dampen your spiritual focus): Set aside ample time with God during your fast. The more you spend time alone with Him, the more you will hear Him speak and reveal things to you.

Morning

Begin your day in Praise & Worship.

Read and meditate on God’s Word.

Invite the Holy Spirit to reveal Himself to you during the fast.

Invite the Holy Spirit to possess your spirit, mind, and body completely.

Noon

Get back to GOD in prayer and God’s Word.

Take a short prayer walk.

Evening

Spend some unhurried alone time in the presence of the Lord just seeking His face.

If others are fasting with you, meet together for prayers.

Log on the Zoom Platform at 7PM each day for a corperate prayer of faith.

Expect results!

PRAYER POINTS FOR CHURCH-WIDE PRAYER & FASTING

JANUARY 02-13, 2023
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DAY ONE

JANUARY 2, 2023

Worship the Lord for who He is- Psa. 96:9; I Chron. 29:11-14 and thank God for being our help in ages past- Psa. 90:1

Thank God for divine favor & His good hand upon The Agape Christian Church Baltimore; Worship the Lord for what He is doing in our lives –Psalms 103:1-5; Neh. 2:8

Like Noah & Moses, thank God for the miraculous cross over into a brand new year- Gen. 8:13 & 20-21; Exodus 15:1-13

Holy Father, give us the strength we need to embark on this fast- Isaiah 40:29

Father remove from us every distraction that Satan will stage against us or our family during this fast- I Peter 5:8-9

Holy Father, during this year of Divine Provision, remove from us every faulty mindset, negative behavior/attitude, unforgiveness, guilt, sin, oriniquity that will hinder us from experiencing the Divine Provision You have for us.

Father create in us a deeper desire for more intimate relationship with the HOLY SPIRIT, such we are consistently being transformed to be like CHRIST in character and experience- II Corinthians 3:18

Pull down every strong holds, cast down every arguments, and take authority over the princes and principalities of the air that will attempt to resist the answers to our prayers- Daniel 10:12-13; II Corinthians 10:4-5.

Pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest during this year 2023- Matthew 9:35-38. Pray for strategies, that work, to counter the forces of darkness and destroy their strong holds in this community, such that the LIGHT He has called us to shine would be made manifest.

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DAY TWO

JANUARY 3, 2023

Thank God for blessing this congregation with a good shepherd. Thank God for the Senior Pastor, his wife, and the entire pastoral team.

Arise Oh Lord and scatter every enemy militating against this ministry –Isaiah 49:24-26; Psa. 68:1-2

Let God reach forth to hold your right hand and use it to subdue every personality that is rising against the Body of Christ here in Timonium and around the globe- Isa. 45:1

Daddy in heaven, please protect Your church from the aggression of destroyers- Psa. 91:1-16; Isa. 54:17 and let Your Shekinah Glory overshadow every activity of darkness in the Body of Christ locally and globally in the name of Jesus- Gen. 1:3

Father, as many as attend this church and are not born again, meet them this 2023 & permanently change their story in Jesus name- Acts 9:1-18

Thank God for the successful completion of the church’s infrastructure projects during 2022.

Jehovah Jireh! Please provide all the resources needed to complete our 2023 projects, such that Jesus will be revealed and glorified.

Oh Lord, please send the correct vendors & contractors for our 2023 projects, in the name of Jesus.

During this year of Divine Provision, Father, from the North, South, East,West, and from Heaven above, send financial help to Agape Christian Church and the members therein in Jesus name.

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DAY THREE

JANUARY 4, 2023

Thank God for the vision of Agape Christian Church and its Pastors.

Thank the Lord for making the path of Agape to shine from glory to glory unto the perfect day according to His word- Prov. 4:18

Give glory to God for keeping us in the center of His perfect will this year.

Thank God for frustrating the fulfillment of the negative expectations of those who hate Agape/vision God has committed unto our hands- Job 5:12

Pray against any scandals, lawsuits, fines, legal issues, or anything that will tarnish the testimony of the Body of Christ locally and globally- Is. 54:17

In the name of Jesus, we are immune from the scourging tongue of men Job 5:21

Thank God for Agape for the good work that He has begun because He is able to complete it- Philippians 1:6

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DAY FOUR

JANUARY 5, 2023

Thank You Father for being the Shepherd of our souls- Psa. 63:7-11

Father in this year 2023, speak Your permanent peace into my life, family, the Nation, and Your Church in Jesus Name.

Pray for the peace of the United States and our different countries of origin. Pray against natural disasters, & any form of destruction and disease outbreak, including COVID- 2 Chronicle 26:5; 2 Kings 18:3-7.

Pray against every terrorist attack plotted against the US or your country of origin- Psa. 68:1-2 & 30

Father, protect us and our families from random school/workplace shooting- Job 5:21-23

Decree safe arrival of travelers throughout this year - Psa 91:1 and let us enjoy peace like a river- in our body, marriage, business, academics, ministry, etc. – Psalm 23:2

Lord, meet every need (marriage, employment, fruit of the womb, immigration…etc.) in Agape according to your riches in glory by Christ Jesus- Philippians 4:19

Profoundly thank God for answer to prayers and seal all the prayer topics with the blood of Jesus.

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DAY FIVE

JANUARY 6, 2023

UNITY (Eph. 4:1-6; John 17:11; Psalms 133:1; Matthew 19:6)

Worship & give God praise for the spirit of unity and love in Agape.

Pray that the Body of Christ, locally & globally, will endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Pray for authentic love and mutual honor for one another in the Body of Christ both locally and globally.

Take authority over the spirit of disunity, dishonor, and betrayal in the name of Jesus.

Pray that every seed of discord in our midst will be uprooted in Jesus name.

Rebuke & cast out every spirit of deception and craftiness from the Body of Christ both locally and globally.

Pray that the agreement of evil doers against us and our church shall be confused in the name of Jesus.

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DAY SIX

JANUARY 7, 2023

REVIVAL/EMPOWERMENT (Proverbs 1:23; 1 Cor. 2:4, Luke 5:17; Mark 16:17-18; Acts 5:12; Romans 12:1-2)

Pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Agape.

Pray for mental transformation and character development, in our lives, through the Word of God and by the Spirit.

Pray for an increase in the flow of supernatural gifts of the Spirit.

Pray for the demonstration of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.

Pray for an outstanding flow of the healing anointing.

Pray for uncommon signs and wonders to find expression in Agape.

Pray for increased appetite for the Word of God.

Pray for open heavens over all the ministries of the church both locally andinternationally.

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DAY SEVEN

JANUARY 8, 2023

SALVATION/EVANGELISM (Luke 19:9; Romans 1:16; Acts 16:30-32)

Pray that the Lord will give us a passion for the unregenerated/lost.

Pray that the Lord will use us as a light in this dark world.

Pray for the confidence and boldness to share the gospel of our LORD JESUS CHRIST with people.

Claim the community where the church buildings are located for Jesus Christ. Ask that the blinders of the eyes of the lost be removed. Pray for the salvation of the lost.

Pray for the members of your household, friends, colleagues, and neighbors that they will come to know the Lord.

Pray that the fear of the God will be released in the hearts of men so that they will pursue after righteousness.

Pray for the miraculous/supernatural bountiful harvest of souls in Agape and throughout the Body of Christ world wide.

Pray for Agape to experience phenomenal growth to the glory of God. Amen.

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DAY EIGHT

JANUARY 9, 2023

HEALING & HEALTH (Psalms 103:2-4; III John 2; Isaiah 53:5; Jer. 17:14; James 5:14-15)

Thank God for forgiving your iniquities and healing your diseases.

Bind every spirit of infirmity, physical, mental, and emotional illness in the name of Jesus.

Ask God to heal every trace of sickness, weakness, and fear in our lives in the name of Jesus.

By the blood of Jesus together with our hearts sacrificed to God, we break every altar of infirmity, sickness, and curses in our families/bloodline in Jesus name.

In the name of Jesus, we will enjoy living in divine health.

Ask God to expunge every hidden sickness from our lives and release the power of God upon every form of sickness.

We decree and declare that we will enjoy living in divine health in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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DAY NINE

JANUARY 10, 2023

FRUITFULNESS (Is. 60:3; Gen. 1:28; Exodus 23:25-26; Luke 2:52; Deut. 28:13)

Denounce any/every secret sin(s) that you indulge; pray that God will grant you grace to experience fruitfulness in every area of barrenness in your life.

By the integrity of the Word of God, we declare that every altar sponsoring barrenness in our lives be broken and destroyed in the name of Jesus.

In the name of Jesus, I increase in wisdom, I grow in stature, and I grow infavor with God and man.

Pray that our lives will birth children who will bring glory to God.

By Your Word oh Lord, we declare exceeding fruitfulness in every area of our lives and ministries, in the mighty name of Jesus.

Pray that our lives will be the kind that brings forth fruit at all seasons.

Worship God and give Him praise for making us fruitful in 2023 and beyond.

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DAY TEN

JANUARY 11, 2023

DILIGENCE, RESTORATION & SPEED (Prov. 22:29; Joel 2:25; I Samuel 30:18-19; Job 42:10; Jer. 30:17; I Kings 18:46)

In humility, admit to God that you are limited and cannot help yourself; confess to Him that you desperately need His help.

Pray that God will restore every dead potential, opportunities, relationships that have been lost due to our negligence, ignorance, or arrogance in the name of Jesus.

Ask the Lord to restore the joy of the Holy Spirit in your life.

Oh Lord, restore peace like a river in our homes, churches, and nations.

Pray that the Lord will mend every broken heart & restore trust, love, peace, honor, integrity in our marriages/relationships in Jesus name.

Pray for divine speed (dominion over time) in areas of spiritual stagnancy.

Ask God to restore clarity in the midst of confusion and ambiguity.

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DAY ELEVEN

JANUARY 12, 2023

PURPOSE (Romans 8:28; John 3:30; John 17:1; Jer. 29:11)

Pray that the purpose of your life’s calling will be made known to you, in the name of Jesus.

Pray against any distractions to your calling.

Pray that you will not be carried away by people’s feelings but will pursue the plan God for your life.

Pray for the eyes of your understanding be enlightened and that the purpose of our calling is made clear.

Ask God to give us the heart to pursue the purpose for which we have been created.

Pray to receive the heart of humility to run with the vision which the Lordhas given us.

Oh Lord, help us to connect our desires/pursuits to the ultimate purpose, which is to see Jesus revealed and glorified.

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DAY TWELVE

JANUARY 13, 2023

DECLARATION OF DIVINE PROMISES

During 2023 and beyond, I am the head and not the tail; I shall be above only, and not beneath- Deut. 28:13

Gentiles come to my light, and kings to the brightness of my rising- Isaiah60:3

I spend my life serving the purposes of the kingdom- Acts 13:36

A thousand shall fall at my side, and ten thousand on my right hand; but it shall not come near me- Psalm 91:7

Only with my eyes shall I look, and see the reward of the wicked- Psalm 91:8

No evil shall befall me, nor shall any plague come near my dwelling- Psalm 91:10

The Lord will satisfy me with long life, and show me His salvation- Psalm 91:16

I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord- Psalm 118:17

I shall remain steadfast in faith, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that my labor is not in vain in the Lord- I Corinthians 15:58

I go from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord- II Corinthians 3:18

I am that blessed man that fears the Lord and delights greatly in His commands. My descendants will be mighty on earth; my generation will be blessed. Wealth and riches will be in my house, and I remain righteous and holy unto His upward calling. Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; He (God) is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous Psalm 112:1-4

By the integrity of God’s Word, I am blessed in the city (the USA) and I’m also blessed in the country (…put your country of origin)- Deut. 28:3