ALL CHURCH FAST

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Come join us to kick off the fast Sunday, January 12 with a worship and prayer meeting from 6:45-7:45 pm!

This fast starts at 6:45 pm on Sunday, January 12 and lasts until 7:45 pm on Tuesday, January 14. During this fast we’ll be meeting together each night (Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday) from 6:45-7:45 pm. These meetings will be spent worshipping, as well as praying for personal renewal, for the body at OneLife, and for the entire Bay Area of Houston.

Childcare will be provided for all three meetings, and we encourage each of you to consider joining us!

WHAT WE BELIEVE

Fasting is abstaining from food, for a set amount of time, with the purpose of focusing our hearts and minds on God. It is a powerful Christian discipline that should be a normal part of our lives as believers.

The reason why we typically abstain from food during a fast is that food very easily becomes our god. It is often one of our primary focuses in our lives. As we fast, we are saying that our stomach is not our god. When we experience physical hunger while fasting, it prompts us to hunger spiritually for fellowship and intimacy with Christ. Practically, fasting from eating also gives us more time to spend in prayer and worship.

For more info on what we believe about fasting, as well as practicals on how to fast, click the button below

FAST READING GUIDE

During our fast we want to be intentional with how we spend our time and where we fix our focus. Part of this includes gathering together each night for our prayer meetings. Another way we do this is by continually shifting our focus back to Jesus through times of scripture reading and prayer throughout the day. To help with this, we have put together a fast guide that leads you in what to read, as well as specific topics to be praying for at various points during the fast.

You can download it and print it off by clicking the button below, or you can simply continue scrolling down to find the daily readings.

You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.
- Jeremiah 29:13

MONDAY MORNING

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
- Psalm 1:1–6 (ESV)


1) Read through the scriptures provided using the R.E.A.D. method.

2) Write out a short prayer that expresses in your own words your desire to seek God.

3) Spend some time expressing praise to God for who he is and what he has already done in your life. Cultivate gratitude by listing out the many reasons you can be thankful. Maybe play one or more of your favorite worship songs and practice kneeling or standing with arms raised as you worship the Lord.

MONDAY NOON

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.
- Colossians 3:1–11 (ESV)

1) Read through the passage provided using the R.E.A.D. method.

2) Begin in prayer by acknowledging the truth about Christ and call to mind ‘the things that are above.’

3) Confess sins that you are aware of or areas where your heart has become set on the things of this world or sinful patterns that you’re engaging in. Ask the Holy Spirit to bring to light anything that you might not have been aware of.

4) Turn this passage into a prayer and pray out in your own words.

5) Take a few moments to be quiet before the Lord confidently being receptive of his grace to help.

MONDAY EVENING

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
- Colossians 3:12–17 (ESV)

1) Read through the passage provided using the R.E.A.D. method.

2) Turn this passage into a prayer, praying it out in your own words.

3) Ask the Holy Spirit to help you put on the attribute listed in this passage.

TUESDAY MORNING

Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice! Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles and the judgments he uttered,
- 1 Chronicles 16:8–12 (ESV)


1) Read through the scriptures provided using the R.E.A.D. method.

2) Write out a short prayer that expresses in your own words your desire to seek God’s presence and strength.

3) Spend some time expressing praise to God for who he is and what he has already done in your life. Cultivate gratitude by listing out the many reasons you can be thankful. Maybe play one or more of your favorite worship songs and practice kneeling or standing with arms raised as you worship the Lord.

TUESDAY NOON

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, shall bless us. God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear him!
- Psalm 67:1–7 (ESV)


1) Read through the scriptures provided using the R.E.A.D. method.

2) Focus your prayers on the geographic area that God has placed you—the Bay Area of Houston.

3) Pray that the people of the Bay Area of Houston would be glad and sing for joy because they come to know the saving power of God.

TUESDAY EVENING

But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
- 1 Corinthians 2:9–16 (ESV)


1) Read through the scriptures provided using the R.E.A.D. method.

2) Pray, asking and expressing desire to see the Holy Spirit search our hearts, teach us wisdom and impart His words in increasing measure—individually and corporately.