21 Day Prayer and Fast Guide

It’s one thing to know God— it’s another thing to open up your heart to God and allow him to speak to you in a deeper way than he ever has before. Prayer and fasting are two of the most powerful ways God has given us to walk deeper in his presence and understand the things he desires for our lives. And Jesus says there are some things that can only happen when we pray and fast.

What Is Fasting?

Fasting is simply voluntarily setting aside the important things in your life and focusing on something even more important: Jesus, and his vision for your life. Fasting is abstaining from eating or drinking for an extended period of time…but “eating” and “drinking” can represent so much more. What we “consume” in our bodies, our minds, our spirits and our emotions can distract us from our relationship with God. Where are you leaning on things other than God to get you through your day? When we “have to have” anything every day, and we are unwilling to give it up, we are likely relying on that “thing” to sustain us instead of depending fully on God.

Fasting is our way of reclaiming those areas of our lives and devoting our attention to God instead. A season of fasting is the perfect time to set aside anything that’s holding you back or standing in the way of seeing God more clearly.

As a church family, we’re focusing on three methods of fasting this season. You can pick one to practice for all 21 days, or do a different one each of the three weeks of the fast.

  • Follow the “Daniel Fast,” a diet of fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains
  • Give up one or two meals a day, and devote those meal times to prayer. Eat normally at the other meals.
  • Fast from a non-food item you find yourself dependent on, (e.g. all screen time – TV, social media, recreational use of cell phones, video games).

As we fast and pray together, it’s important that we open our hearts to hear God’s voice by reading his Word. The selections in this guide are from the Crossroads Daily Bible Reading Plan. If you’re new to reading the Bible, or haven’t been following along with our annual reading plan, consider starting with just the New Testament passages. Or read on your own! This is just our recommendation to get you started.

During these 21 days, take time to worship God in a deeper way, to pray like never before. Write down the things that God is putting on your heart, and watch what God does!

Fasting Guide

August 19
Read: Jeremiah 45-47; Psalm 105; John 21
Pray: Help us hope in the right things. We worship you as we wait expectantly for you to act.

August 20
Read: Jeremiah 48-49; Psalm 67; 1 John 1
Pray: Make us wise. Help us walk in your Spirit, so we might not live in our flesh.

August 21
Read: Jeremiah 21, 24, 27; Psalm 118; 1 John 2
Pray: Help us trust you. We won’t lean on our own understanding, but on your promises.

August 22
Read: Jeremiah 28-30; 1 John 3
Pray: We thank you for all you’ve done for us. Help us praise you no matter what goes on in our daily lives.

August 23
Read: Jeremiah 31-32; 1 John 4
Pray: We repent of our sin. Thank you for forgiveness and redemption.

August 24
Read: Jeremiah 33-34; Psalm 74; 1 John 5
Pray: We rejoice in you! Help us choose to walk in joy each day.

August 25
Read: Jeremiah 37-39; Psalm 79; 2 John
Pray: We rejoice in you! Help us choose to walk in joy each day.

August 26
Read: Jeremiah 50-51; 3 John
Pray: Shelter us. Thank you for being our safe refuge when we feel alone and misunderstood.

August 27
Read: Jeremiah 52; Revelation 1; Psalm 143, 144
Pray: Protect us. Keep our families safe. Keep us from temptation.

August 28
Read: Ezekiel 1-3; Revelation 2
Pray: Show us your power. Increase our awe and wonder over who you are.

August 29
Read: Ezekiel 4-7; Revelation 3
Pray: You are our peace. Guard our hearts and our minds with your peace that passes understanding.

August 30
Read: Ezekiel 8-11; Revelation 4
Pray: We praise you for your glory on display in the world around us! Give us eyes to see you in everything.

August 31
Read: Ezekiel 12-14; Revelation 5
Pray: Remind us of your mercy. We thank you for salvation!

September 1
Read: Ezekiel 15-16; Psalm 70; Revelation 6
Pray: Focus our hearts on you. Help us meditate on your word and abide in your love.

September 2
Read: Ezekiel 17-19; Revelation 7
Pray: Demonstrate your justice to us. Help us wait for your vindication.

September 3
Read: Ezekiel 20-21, Psalm 111; Revelation 8
Pray: Search us. Help us know what it means to find our identities and sense of value in who you are.

September 4
Read: Ezekiel 22-24; Revelation 9
Pray: Help us. Our burdens are too much for us, but we trust you are able and willing to answer us.

September 5
Read: Ezekiel 25-28, Revelation 10
Pray: Strengthen us when we are afraid. Show yourself the answer to our fears.

September 6
Read: Ezekiel 29-32; Revelation 11
Pray: Bless us. We expect to see your goodness on display in our lives.

September 7
Read: 2 Kings 25; 2 Chronicles 36; Jeremiah 40-41; Revelation 12
Pray: Increase our confidence in who you are and in who we are in Christ.

September 8
Read:Jeremiah 42-44; Psalm 48; Revelation 13
Pray: You have given us everything in Christ, and your deeds are marvelous. Help us know you more fully. We praise you!