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What does it mean to be " Consecrated" ?

Consecration refers to persons or things being separated, or belonging to God, for His purposes. They are holy and set apart for the service of God. Leviticus 19:2 says...
''You shall be holy, for the Lord your God is holy."

God's Servants 31Day Fasting and Praying Agreement:

We will dedicate at least 5 minutes (per day) to reading God's Word.
We will dedicate at least 10 minutes (per day) in prayer.
We will strive to attend Noon Prayer 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (In-Person or Virtual) each Tuesday and Thursday during the 31days of Fasting and Praying.
We will strive to "Re-Fuel" by attending weekly Virtual Bible Study (Wednesdays 7:00pm) during the 31 Days of Fasting and Prayer.
We will strive to attend weekly Virtual Sunday School (8:45am - 9:45am) during the 31 Days of Fasting and Praying.
We will strive to attend weekly Sunday Worship Service (In-Person or Virtual) during the 31Days of Fasting and Praying.

Fast & Prayer Guidelines

A biblical definition of fasting is a Christian's voluntary abstinence from food for spiritual purposes. Fasting is a spiritual discipline and one that goes so radically against the flesh and the mainstream of our culture. Fasting is a purifying discipline that helps us draw closer to Jesus Christ and surrender our will to His ways. Without a spiritual purpose for your fast it's just a diet. There is something about fasting that sharpens the edge of our intercessions and gives passion to our supplications. Fasting is one of the best friends we can introduce to prayer.
The great saints of the bible fasted. Moses (Deut. 9:9, 18, 25-29), Ezra (8:21-23), Elijah (1 Kings 19:8), Daniel (Daniel 9:3), and Paul (2 Corinthians 6:5 and 11:27) were men of faith and action who fasted for spiritual growth. The greatest example for any of us to follow, Jesus Christ, fasted - Matthew 4:2. When we separate ourselves from the daily routine of food and its preparation, eating, or whatever desired activity (watching TV, playing video games, golf, etc.) in our lives, then we can devote the extra time to prayer and reading/studying/meditating on God's Holy word. The hunger pangs or refraining from your designated activity will re-enforce our human frailty and our dependence on God. When we take time to put God first in any endeavor, we are preparing well for whatever lies ahead. The result of sincere fasting and praying is that God responds and brings deliverance and blessings.

Tips for Fasting

  • Do not jeopardize your health.
  • Only do as many days as you feel you can-if you must break your food abstinence substitute refraining from a desired activity (golf, TV, video games, etc.).
  • Pray for strength and focus before you start.
  • Please use attached prayer request journal to log specific things to include in your prayer.
  • Increase your prayer time, especially in the early mornings when you have the most time to pray and/or can create the most time to pray.
  • Establish a regular quiet time and location to pray.
  • During this fast we are abstaining from food on Tuesdays, consuming only water or liquid (juice, milk, water, broth, malts, etc.) from 5 AM-5 PM.
  • If your flesh weakens pray to The Lord for strength and perseverance. It's a good idea to have a "fast partner"-you can encourage each other and pray for each other. This is not a competition or test-there is no failing-trust and pray unto God through this endeavor-follow your heart.
  • Remember Jesus' teaching about fasting-it should be a normal part of a Christian's life and need only to be seen by God. Jesus wants His people to adopt spiritual disciplines for the right reason, not from a selfish desire for praise. Matthew 6:16-18 says: "moreover when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting, assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly)."
 
Finally, reading Isaiah chapter 58 is highly recommended prior to starting your fast. This chapter will feature fasting that pleases God. Ezra chapter 8 and Nehemiah chapter 1 are other chapters regarding fasting and praying. The Scripture says, "So we fasted and entreated our God for this, and He answered our prayer." (Ezra 8:23)

Suggested 31 Day "Action" Tips for Praying and Fasting

Day 1 - Monday, July 18
  • Read Luke 16:1-13; Meditate on Luke 16:10 and 1 John 4:4
  • Pray for at least 5 minutes for your spouse, significant other, family, or other loved ones. Pray for church healing and forgiveness.
  • Fast from the Internet- only use it for work, stewardship education or key communication needs, nothing recreational.
Day 2 - Tuesday, July 19
  • Read Proverbs 21:1-8; Meditate on Proverbs 21:15
  • Pray at least 5 minutes for our local officials (police, firemen, emergency workers, etc.). Pray that children and youth will hear the word of God and accept Jesus as their Savior. Pray for unity in St. John and recognition of Jesus as the Lord of your life.
  • Attend Noon Prayer 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM (In-Person or Virtually)
  • Fast from all solid foods from 5:00 AM- 5:00 PM (if you cannot fast from food due to health reasons then fast 5:00 AM- 5:00 PM from a favorite food, dessert, or TV programming).
Day 3 -Wednesday, July 20th
  • Read John 1: 6-13; Meditate on John 1:12
  • Pray for at least 5 minutes that Christians will seek God's will for their lives, that they will seek boldness to witness to the lost, and that the men of St. John will become spiritual leaders of their church, homes, and communities.
  • Attend "Re-fuel" (Virtual Bible study) 7:00 PM.
  • Refrain from making any negative or destructive comments.
  • Fast from television, streaming or any other visual entertainment.
Day 4 -Thursday, July 21st
  • Read Proverbs 22:1-16; Meditate on Proverbs 22:10-11
  • Pray for at least 5 minutes for deliverance from debt or addiction and for those suffering from injustice. Pray for divine appointment(s) to minister to someone and that St. John members will seek opportunities to serve.
  • Review the Prayer Journal/Log entry you made on Monday and record answers or wisdom God may have revealed to you.
  • Attend Noon Prayer 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (In-Person or Virtual)
  • Spiritual leaders of the home bring their family together prior to bedtime and pray for each other.
  • Fast from using credit cards.
Day 5 - Friday, July 22nd
  • Read Romans 13:8-10; Meditate on Romans 13:8.
  • Pray for at least 5 minutes that God will bless the ministries of St. John and for salvation for family and friends who are not saved.
  • Reflect the love of God to friends, family and others met during divine appointments.
  • Fast from shopping at the mall and on the Internet.
Day 6 - Saturday, July 23rd
  • Read Acts 20:17-21; Meditate on Acts 20:35.
  • Pray for at least 5 minutes that the sermon is preached with accuracy and clarity. Pray for salvation for those who are lost and encouragement for Believers. Pray that the Ministry staff and leadership team will ask The Lord daily for wisdom and discernment. Pray for the financial stability of our church.
  • Get plenty of rest and get ready for a powerful worship service.
  • Reflect on this day - thank God for the Powerful movement of the Holy Spirit and for answered prayers.
Day 7 - Sunday, July 24th
  • Read Colossians 3:18-4:1; Meditate on Colossians 3:23-24.
  • Pray for at least 5 minutes that Christians will work as unto the Lord and seek God's will for their lives.
  • Attend Virtual Sunday School 8:45am - 9:45am.
  • Fast from TV programming.

Day 8 - Monday, July 25th
  • Read Philippians 4:10-20; Meditate on Philippians 4:11-13.
  • Pray for at least 5 minutes for your spouse, significant other, family or other loved ones. Pray that God continues to bind St. John in Prayer, Love, Unity, and Trust. Pray that God continues to prepare St. John to receive His Interim Under- Shepherd.
  • Confess to God the sin(s) that you struggle with most and ask God to give you strength to overcome them.
  • Conduct a random act of kindness.
  • Fast from listening to secular music.
Day 9 -Tuesday, July 26th
  • Read Luke 12:22-31; Meditate on Luke 12:31
  • Pray for at least 5 minutes pray for St. John Deacons, Trustees, and Ministry leaders that they continue to be led by the Holy Spirit and seek knowledge, wisdom, understanding and discernment as they lead the St. John family and that God would remove anything in your life that may seek to rule you or prevent you from being totally committed to serving Him.
  • Read the "Fast & Prayer Guidelines" and Tips
  • Attend Noon Prayer 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (In-Person or Virtually)
  • Fast from all solid foods from 5:00 AM - 5:00 PM (if you cannot fast from food due to health reasons then fast 5:00 AM - 5:00 PM from a favorite food, dessert, or TV programming).
Day 10- Wednesday, July 27th
  • Read Romans 14:19; Meditate on 1 Corinthians 12:25-26.
  • Pray for at least 5 minutes for spiritual unity in the church and that the enemy will not be allowed to create divisions, strife, or misunderstandings among the church members.
  • Attend "Re-fuel" (Virtual Bible study) 7:00 PM.
  • Fast from the use of social media.
Day 11- Thursday, July 28th
  • Read Matthew 6:19-24; Meditate on Matthew 6:21 & 24.
  • Pray for at least 5 minutes for United States of America, the President, and other local leaders that they will be subjected to God's will.
  • Attend Noon Prayer 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (In-Person or Virtually)
  • Review the Prayer Journal/Log entry you made on Monday and record answers or wisdom God may have revealed to you.
  • Fast from dining out.
Day 12- Friday, July 29th
  • Read Mark 8:34-38; Meditate on Mark 8:36.
  • Pray for at least 5 minutes for an eternal spiritual relationship with God The Father through Christ Jesus, local officials (police, firemen, emergency workers, etc.), that children and youth will hear the word of God and accept Jesus as their Savior; and unity in the church.
  • Reflect on this day and thank God for a mighty movement of the Holy Spirit, for answered prayers and deliverance from spiritual and financial bondage.
  • Fast from shopping at the mall and on the Internet.
Day 13-Saturday, July 30th
  • Read Matthew 20:26-28; Meditate on Matthew 20:28
  • Pray for at least 5 minutes that someone in need of a financial breakthrough receives it. Confess to God the sin(s) that you struggle with the most and ask God to give you strength to overcome them. Ask God to open your spiritual eyes regarding the management of time, talent and treasure. Thank God in advance for meeting the spiritual, physical, and material needs of SJMBC.
  • Get plenty of rest and get ready for a powerful worship service.
  • Reflect on God and His purpose for your life. Be still and know that He is God.
Day 14-Sunday, July 31st
  • Read Matthew 6:5-15; Mediate on Matthew 6:14-15.
  • Pray for at least 5 minutes that God will reveal to each of us our faults and shortcomings and that we are willingly transparent with one another.
  • Attend Virtual Sunday School 8:45am - 9:45am.
  • Call and apologize to someone you may have been at odds with and/or forgive someone who may have been at odds with you.
  • Fast from TV programming.
Day 15- Monday, August 1st
  • Read 1 Chronicles 29:10-14; Mediate on 1 Chronicles 29:11.
  • Pray for at least 5 minutes that the members of St. John be freed from personal or spiritual bondage and God is glorified. Ask God for a breakthrough for a member of the church who is in a storm.
  • Reflect on an answered prayer - remember that God is all-powerful and that everything belongs to Him.
  • Fast from the Internet- only use it for work, stewardship education or key communication needs, nothing recreational.
Day 16 - Tuesday, August 2nd
  • Read Matthew 6:16-18; Meditate on Matthew 6:17.
  • Pray for at least 5 minutes praying for strength to continue to persevere in this 31-day fast. Pray for those in need of a breakthrough.
  • Read the "Fast & Prayer Guidelines" and Tips
  • Attend Noon Prayer 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM {In-Person or Virtually)
  • Fast from all solid foods from 5:00 AM - 5:00 PM. {If you cannot fast from food due to health reasons then fast 5:00 AM - 5:00 PM from a favorite food, dessert, or TV programming).
Day 17 - Wednesday, August 3rd
  • Read Luke 12:13-21; Meditate on Luke 12:15.
  • Pray for at least 5 minutes for your co-workers, single parents, and your parents reflecting on a positive time you had with them. Thank God for each blessing in your life.
  • Attend "Re-fuel" (Virtual Bible study) 7:00 PM.
  • Listen to your favorite Christian song and think about the goodness of God.
  • Hug a family member or friend and tell them how much you love them.
  • Fast from all sweets and desserts.
Day 18 - Thursday, August 4th
  • Read Isaiah 43:18-19; Meditate on Isaiah 43:19
  • Pray for at least 5 minutes for strength to continue to persevere in spiritual endeavors, breakthroughs and for all the members of St. John to commit to serve in at least one ministry.
  • Attend Noon Prayer 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM {In-Person or Virtually)
  • Fast from dining out.
Day 19- Friday, August 5th
  • Read Isaiah 40:28-31; Meditate on Isaiah 40:31.
  • Pray for at least 5 minutes for singles to seek Godly mates, for missionaries and their families, peace and safety within our communities and the world. Pray that God empowers and strengthens you to do His will.
  • Reflect on this day - thank God for the mighty movement of the Holy Spirit, for answered prayers and from deliverance from spiritual and financial bondage.
  • Fast from shopping at the mall and on the Internet.
Day 20- Saturday, August 6th
  • Read Isaiah 55:6-11; Meditate on Isaiah 55:11.
  • Pray for at least 5 minutes that God keeps the members of St. John bonded together in prayer, unity, love, and trust.
  • Get plenty of rest and get ready for a powerful worship service.
  • Reflect on God and His purpose for your life.
  • Be still and know that He is God.
Day 21- Sunday, August 7th
  • Read Matthew 9:37-38; Luke 10:2-9; Meditate Luke 10:2.
  • Pray for at least 5 minutes that the spirit of the living God moves powerfully during the worship experience, that lost people come to know Christ and that saved people are encouraged to live out the great commission.
  • Attend Virtual Sunday School 8:45am - 9:45am.
  • Tell someone your Good News testimony!
  • Fast from TV programming.
Day 22 - Monday, August 8th
  • Read Psalms 33:12; Mediate on Philippians 4:19.
  • Pray for at least 5 minutes for those suffering through depression, unemployment or underemployment. Pray for parents and their children. Pray for key local and national issues.
  • Reflect on an answered prayer- remember that God is all-powerful and that everything belongs to Him; now ask God for breakthrough for each member of St. John.
  • Fast from the Internet- only use it for work, stewardship education or key communication needs, nothing recreational.
Day 23 - Tuesday, August 9th
  • Read 2 Chronicles 7:12-14; Meditate on 2 Chronicles 7:14.
  • Pray for at least 5 minutes that God will send a spirit of repentance and revival over the church, our community and our nation. Pray for healing for the sick.
  • Read the "Fast & Prayer Guidelines" and Tips
  • Attend Noon Prayer 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM {In-Person or Virtually)
  • Fast from all solid foods from 5:00 AM- 5:00 PM. {If you cannot fast from food due to health reasons then fast 5:00 AM- 5:00 PM from a favorite food, dessert, or TV programming).
Day 24 - Wednesday, August 10th
  • Read 2 Corinthians 10:3-6; Meditate on Ephesians 4:22-24
  • Pray for at least 5 minutes for peace and direction related to thoughts and commitments. Seek Godly authority and spiritual tools to manage feelings, stress, and being overwhelmed. Pray that you will be equipped so that these things do not infiltrate your Spiritual Home (Your Heart).
  • Listen to your favorite Christian song and think about the goodness of God.
  • Attend "Re-fuel" {Virtual Bible study) 7:00 PM.
  • Fast from dining out.
Day 25 -Thursday, August 11th
  • Read Romans 13:1-2; Meditate on 2 Corinthians 13:5
  • Pray for at least 5 minutes that our Deacons and ministry leaders will submit themselves to the power and guidance of God, and that they consistently seek Godly wisdom. Pray for yourself that God would remove anything in your life that may seek to rule over you or prevent you from being totally committed to serving Him.
  • Examine your faithfulness to the disciplines of prayer, fasting & stewardship. Ask the Lord to help you in your areas of weakness.
  • Attend Noon Prayer 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (In-Person or Virtually)
  • Fast from the use of credit cards.
Day 26 - Friday, August 12th
  • Read Psalms 91:14-16; Meditate on Philippians 4:19.
  • Pray for at least 5 minutes that we as a church family remain faithful, prayerful and good stewards so that financial needs are fully met.
  • Reflect on this day - thank God for the Mighty Movement of the Holy Spirit for answered prayers and deliverance from spiritual and financial bondage.
  • Fast from shopping at the mall and on the Internet.
Day 27 - Saturday, August 13th
  • Read Psalms 133:1; Meditate on Romans 15:5.
  • Pray for at least 5 minutes that unity infuses our church so that our congregation is bound to Christ in love. Pray that the Holy Spirit leads and guides us as we continue supporting our Interim Pastor.
  • Get plenty of rest and get ready for a powerful worship service.
  • Reflect on God's goodness, reconciliation, restoration and unity with Christ as we move forward in faith.
Day 28 - Sunday, August 14th
  • Read Luke 12:22-31; Meditate on Luke 12:31
  • Pray for at least 5 minutes for boldness to witness to the lost, that every Christian will develop consistent daily spiritual disciplines (reading the word, prayer, journaling, etc.). Pray for God's plentiful provision for adequate jobs for the unemployed and underemployed.
  • Attend Virtual Sunday School 8:45am - 9:45am.
  • Reflect on your journey in life - go throughout all rooms in your home thanking God for all your many blessings.
  • Tell someone your Good News testimony!
  • Fast from shopping at the mall and on the Internet.
Day 29 - Monday, August 15th
  • Read Deuteronomy 6:5-6; Meditate on Matthew 6:33
  • Pray for at least 5 minutes that you will love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. Pray that God's Spirit will work in your heart with power and that you will be intentional to always strive to follow biblical principles.
  • Reflect on an answered prayer - remember that God is all-powerful and that everything belongs to Him. Now ask God for a breakthrough for each WBC member.
  • Fast from the Internet - only use it for work or key communication needs, nothing recreational.
Day 30 - Tuesday, August 16th
  • Read Acts 6:3-4; Meditate on Matthew 6:22
  • Pray for at least 5 minutes for the entire St. John body that we be obedient and actively use our spiritual gifts and resources in support of ministries doing God's will at SJMBC.
  • Refrain from making any negative or destructive comments
  • Attend Noon Prayer 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (In-Person or Virtually)
  • Fast from all solid foods from 5:00 AM - 5:00 PM. (If you cannot fast from food due to health reasons then fast 5:00 AM - 5:00 PM from a favorite food, dessert, or TV programming).
Day 31-Wednesday,August  17th
  • Read John 1:6-13; Meditate on John 1:12
  • Pray for at least 5 minutes that Christians will seek God's will for their lives, that they will seek boldness to witness to the lost, and that men will become spiritual leaders of their homes and communities. Pray that Christians would exercise more patience in all areas.
  • Attend "Re-fuel" (In-Person Bible study) 7:00 PM.**Also Streamed Live**
  • Attend Special Prayer Session (Closing Our 31Days Fasting) Immediately after Bible Study
  • Praise God for who He is, what He has done, what He is doing and what He will do for YOU.
  • Fast from television, streaming or any other visual entertainment.