2 Chronicles 7:11 - 16
"When Solomon had finished the temple of the Lord and the royal palace, and had succeeded in carrying out all he had in mind to do in the temple of the Lord and in his own palace, 12 the Lord appeared to him at night and said:
“I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices.
13 “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. 16 I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there." New International Version (NIV)
Psalm 27:7 - 11a
Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me. My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
Your face, Lord, I will seek. Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger;
you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, God my Savior. Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me. Teach me your way, Lord;"
During this 21 Day Consecration determine to "Seek His Face" by having a seeker disposition:
1. Understand your need to seek the Lord
2. Be reverent in seeking Him
3. Be humble in seeking Him
4. Be honest when seeking Him
5. Be hopeful and be full of faith
6. Be desperate for more of Him
7. Be determined to receive all of Him
During this fast make sure you understand that:
1. This fast is not just an ordinary fast or business as usual.
2. Develop a plan of how you will seek the face of the Lord and not just His hands.
3. Start with meaningful conversations with God everyday.
4. Establish goals for the fast by using the "31 Days to Victory Journal."
5. Be spontaneous a surprise command may come
6. Make your home a sanctuary with worship and the word.
7. Enjoy the journey.
Instructions for the FAST - we are doing a modified version of the Daniel fast, no meats, no sweets (cakes, candy, sugar etc.) see below for details.
We will be doing the “Daniels Fast” for entire 21 days. Daniel 10:2-3. This means no meats of any kind (including fish), breads and no sweets or sugars. It’s also helpful to ensure that you eat your evening meal before 7:30 PM each day.
Plan to spend your evenings as you are able to in prayer, meditation and study in the Word. This will help sharpen your spiritual senses and hear clearly from God. We have given you selected scriptures for each day, and we ask that you read and dig deeper into the scripture texts for each day.
(For those who work in the evenings, please set aside time during the day for your time of prayer and study.) During this time of meditation, reduce distractions to a minimum – television, telephone, computers, games, etc.
Every man according to his faith - Use wisdom! The objective of the fast is to consecrate time to God. If you have never fasted before, you may need to make a few adjustments during the 21 days that help you acclimate. If you are taking medication or have other health issues that require a specific diet, consult your physician before you change your routine.
This fast is not meant to be legalistic. We want to accomplish our objectives; we do not want to focus on technicalities. This should be a time of seeking the Lord for a closer and more intimate relationship with Him and a greater level of sensitivity and obedience to the Holy Spirit. We fully expect God to move us to a new dimension of spiritual instruction and dedication.
- Guard against spiritual attack. The real sacrifice in fasting is not related to going without food; but the sacrifice of committing to a sustained focus to seek the Lord with your whole heart and soul. There is no doubt, this will set the stage for increased spiritual warfare, conflict and opposition from demonic forces as well as the flesh. You should prepare yourself for this.
- Keep your focus and stay in the presence of God during the entire 21 day journey.
- Prescribed Dietary & Medication routines should not be revised or withdrawn, unless permitted and supervised by your physician.
- Exercise moderately. Walk one to three miles each day if convenient and comfortable. Rest as much as your schedule will permit.
- Be prepared for some mental & physical discomforts in the beginning (crankiness, moodiness, headaches etc.) – as the fast progresses these and other symptoms will pass.
- Expect some physical discomforts, especially on the second day. You may have fleeting hunger pains, dizziness, or the “blahs.” Withdrawal from caffeine and sugar may cause headaches. These too will pass.
- The first two or three days are usually the most difficult. As you continue to fast, you will likely experience a sense of well being both physically, mentally and spiritually. However, should hunger pains persist, increase liquid intake and the healthy foods permitted in the fast.