When we began our journey together as a church, we started with a 21-day period of fasting and prayer. Prayer is not our last resort, it is our first response! 21 Days of Prayer is designed to prioritize the eternal and seek God's wisdom, strength, and direction for our lives.
Whether you can't imagine your life without prayer or you can't imagine where to begin, the power of prayer isn't determined by the presentation. It's not the strength of our faith, it's the object of our faith that changes things.
DAILY PRAYER FOCUS
1/8 Our City, Nation & Leaders
1/9 Our World & The Global Church
1/10 Creativity & Diversity Within The Church
1/11 Cultural & Social Influence
1/12 Our Church Leaders & Pastors
1/13 Next Steps
1/14 Oasis Internship
1/15 Local Missions
1/16 Team Oasis(serve team)
1/17 Oasis YOUTH
1/18 Community Within Our Church
1/19 Global Missions
1/20 Sunday Services
1/22 Supernatural Healing
1/23 God’s Provision
1/24 Oasis Kids & Families
1/25 Salvation & Life Change
1/26 2019 Building Project
1/27 The Year Ahead
A Word from Pastor Jonathan on fasting
Many have asked what fasting really is and why it's so essential in the life of a believer. Actually, there are 3 things Jesus totally assumed every Christ follower would do, He would teach and say: "when you pray...." "When you give..." "when you fast..." Matt 6:16. So if it was an assumption of the Savior as well as His instructions to many waiting for Divine assistance that " these kinds come not out but by prayer and fasting". We are simply asking that you pray about what type of fasting you will be able to do with your career, health and physical conditions. Many will be having liquids only, others choose the Daniel Fast of which we will include links and lessons, others will fast sweets, bread or even a meal a day. Whatever you choose is really between you and God. This is not about legalism but positioning ourselves in a place of alignment with the Word of God over our individual lives and as a Christ Community.
TYPES OF FASTS :
21 Day Liquid Fast - Give up solid foods
21 Day Daniel Fast - Fruits and vegetables only
21 Day Media Fast - Give up media
7 Day Fast - Fast with us for 7 days
Lunch Fast - Fast with us over lunch each day
Wednesday Fast - Fast with us on Wednesdays
Matthew 6:16-18 16 “And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get. 17 But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face.18 Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
Matthew 9:14-15 14 One day the disciples of John the Baptist came to Jesus and asked him, “Why don’t your disciples fast like we do and the Pharisees do?” 15 Jesus replied, “Do wedding guests mourn while celebrating with the groom? Of course not. But someday the groom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.
Luke 18:9-14 9 Then Jesus told this story to some who had great confidence in their own righteousness and scorned everyone else: 10 “Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not like other people—cheaters, sinners, adulterers. I’m certainly not like that tax collector! 12 I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.’ 13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’ 14 I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
Acts 27:33-37 33 Just as day was dawning, Paul urged everyone to eat. “You have been so worried that you haven’t touched food for two weeks,” he said. 34 “Please eat something now for your own good. For not a hair of your heads will perish.” 35 Then he took some bread, gave thanks to God before them all, and broke off a piece and ate it. 36 Then everyone was encouraged and began to eat— 37 all 276 of us who were on board.
Nehemiah 9:1-11 9 On October 31 the people assembled again, and this time they fasted and dressed in burlap and sprinkled dust on their heads.2 Those of Israelite descent separated themselves from all foreigners as they confessed their own sins and the sins of their ancestors.3 They remained standing in place for three hours while the Book of the Law of the Lord their God was read aloud to them. Then for three more hours they confessed their sins and worshiped the Lord their God. 4 The Levites—Jeshua, Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, and Kenani—stood on the stairway of the Levites and cried out to the Lord their God with loud voices. 5 Then the leaders of the Levites—Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah—called out to the people: “Stand up and praise the Lord your God, for he lives from everlasting to everlasting!” Then they prayed: “May your glorious name be praised! May it be exalted above all blessing and praise! 6 “You alone are the Lord. You made the skies and the heavens and all the stars. You made the earth and the seas and everything in them. You preserve them all, and the angels of heaven worship you. 7 “You are the Lord God, who chose Abram and brought him from Ur of the Chaldeans and renamed him Abraham. 8 When he had proved himself faithful, you made a covenant with him to give him and his descendants the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Jebusites, and Girgashites. And you have done what you promised, for you are always true to your word9 “You saw the misery of our ancestors in Egypt, and you heard their cries from beside the Red Sea. 10 You displayed miraculous signs and wonders against Pharaoh, his officials, and all his people, for you knew how arrogantly they were treating our ancestors. You have a glorious reputation that has never been forgotten. 11 You divided the sea for your people so they could walk through on dry land! And then you hurled their enemies into the depths of the sea. They sank like stones beneath the mighty waters.