The power of prayer deepens our dependence on Jesus and sharpens our faith. When we pray, we posture ourselves in humility and hand our needs and requests to God knowing that He hears us and desires to move on our behalf.
The great reformer Martin Luther once said, “As is the business of tailors to make clothes and of cobblers to mend shoes, so is it the business of Christians to pray.”
The very act of prayer is what cultivates our relationship with God. We can pray knowing that he desires to meet with us even more so than we desire to meet with him. For this very reason, we pray with confidence, knowing that the all-powerful creator of heaven and earth can bring about change in any circumstance.
The power of fasting as it relates to prayer is the spiritual atomic bomb that Jesus has given us to destroy the strongholds of evil and usher in a great revival and spiritual breakthrough we so desperately need.
“Fasting helps us to express, to deepen, and to confirm the resolution that we are ready to sacrifice anything, even ourselves, to attain the Kingdom of God.” – Scot McKnight.
Fasting is not just about getting something from God but getting to God. While fasting is choosing to go without food, you can choose to abstain from anything over the 21-day period. Consider what Jesus may be asking you to forgo over the next 21 days and know whatever the sacrifice the blessings will far outweigh.
1. “The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.”
Proverbs 28:1 NIV
2. “He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!”
Acts 28:31 NIV
3. “ So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?””
Hebrews 13:6 NIV
1. In what areas of your life would you say you are not bold?
2. Name some of your insecurities that keep you from being bold?
1. “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things”
Colossians 3:2 NIV
2. “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV
3. “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.”
Proverbs 14:12 NIV
1. What is the common frame you look at life through?
2. How far is the perspective you have from the perspective God wants you to have?
3. How will you close the gap?
1. “If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land”
Isaiah 1:19 NIV
2. “For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.”
2 Corinthians 8:12 NIV
1. Have you recently considered your level of willingness?
2. Do you believe that being willing will affect how you see your calling?
1. “Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong”
1 Corinthians 1:26-27 NIV
2. “He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time”
2 Timothy 1:9 NIV
3. “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
Ephesians 4:1-3 NIV
1. Where were you in life when God called you to ministry?
2. Do you feel qualified for that call? Why or why not?
1. “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
John 15:15-16 NIV
2. “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
1. How would you identify yourself?
2. Does that measure up to how God sees you?
1.“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Isaiah 41:10 NIV
2. “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”
2 Timothy 1:7 NIV
3. “When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.”
Matthew 17:6-7 NIV
1. All of us have fears, what are some of the fears that keep you from getting up?
2. What are the thoughts that you will replace those fears with?
1. “For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 NIV
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1. “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
2. “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.”
1. What is one thing Jesus is telling you to act on, that you have ignored?
2. As you now have identified that one thing and you are accountable for it, what will do about it?
1. “While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”
Matthew 17:5 NIV
2. “Hear me, my people, and I will warn you— if you would only listen to me, Israel!”
Psalm 81:8 NIV
3. “To answer before listening— that is folly and shame.”
Proverbs 18:13 NIV
1. Just Listen.
1. “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Psalm 139:23-24 NIV
2. “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.”
Psalm 27:4-5 NIV
1. Having realized the posture of your heart, how do you prepare your heart to receive from God?
2. What are some things the Lord has shown you about the condition of your heart that you were unaware of?
1. “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.”
Psalm 42:5-6 NIV
2. “My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.”
Psalm 131:1 NIV
1. What is the condition of your heart? Name some areas that are healthy and unhealthy?
2. Having now “taken note” do you believe this a practice you should do more often? And if so, what could keep you from it?
1. “I loathe my very life; therefore I will give free rein to my complaint and speak out in the bitterness of my soul. I say to God: Do not declare me guilty, but tell me what charges you have against me.”
Job 10:1-2 NIV
2. “Away from me, all you who do evil, for the Lord has heard my weeping. The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer.”
Psalm 6: 8-9 NIV
1. On a scale of 1 to 10: 10 being real and 1 being fake. Where do you rate being real with God.
2. Believing that God already knows your thoughts and heart before you bare them why are you reluctant to share them?
1. “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”
Luke 5:16 NIV
2. “Be still, and know that I am God!”
Psalm 46:10 NLT
3. “Draw near to God, and will draw near to you.”
James 4:8 ESV
1. Let’s be honest. Do you believe that there is a true benefit to being alone with God daily?
2. Knowing that Jesus calls us to be alone with him daily. What are some of the excuses you have made in the past that keep you from being obedient to his call?