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1-21 Pause (21-Day Fast)

                                                                          Presence Theater Church

1-21 Pause

21-Day Fast and Consecration

November 1 – November 21, 2016


Our 1-21 Pause is a 21-day fast and consecration designed to deepen our relationship with God and drawer closer to Him. Does this mean we don’t eat anything for 21 days? No. Please read this entire handout for detailed instructions.


What is a fast?

In short, the word fast means to cover the mouth. More specifically, it means to abstain from some or all food; to eat only sparingly, or only certain kinds of foods. As Christians, a spiritual fast goes far beyond simply abstaining from food. A spiritual fast also includes increased prayer, Bible reading and study, and meditating on the things of God; replacing certain foods and activities with consecrated spiritual disciplines.

The purpose of a spiritual fast is to draw away from the things that are appealing to your flesh; much like Jesus was drawn away into the wilderness to fast for 40 days (Matt. 4:1, 2).  The wilderness, for us, represents a place we go to get away from the world and meet with God one-on-one. It is the setting aside of our flesh for spiritual benefit.

The wilderness is not comfortable. It is a place of struggle and hunger, because our flesh has been put on strike. Fasting is not meant to be fun or enjoyable per se, because our flesh is not getting what it wants. However, the rewards of a spiritual fast are immeasurable.


Why a 21-day fast in November and not January?

Most churches do a 21-day fast in January in order to give God the “first fruits” of their year. While we are in total agreement with this idea, at P.T.C. we feel led to do our fast in November in order to seek God for guidance and direction for the upcoming New Year before it begins. We want to be able to hit the ground running on January 1 already knowing specifically what God desires for us to accomplish in the New Year. 


What is the goal of the 1-21 Pause?


During these 21 days of fasting and prayer, we encourage you to “pause” from various foods, media, computer uses, and other activities, and instead focus your mind, heart, spirit, and body on hearing from God. During these 21 days we encourage you to ask God what He desires for you to accomplish in the New Year. In addition, use this time to prayerfully set some goals for the New Year.


What type of fast is the 1-21 Pause?


While there are many different types of fasts, at P.T.C. we generally follow the Daniel’s Fast protocol found in Daniel Chapter 1, which is a partial abstinence type of fast. This consists of fruits, nuts, grains, and vegetables, with water and some juice. 


We encourage you to follow the Daniel’s Fast for the majority of the 1-21 Pause. We also encourage you to mix in a few days with just water and juice, in one or two day intervals. As you become more accustomed to fasting, going more days with just water and juice will be possible.


(*Please note, whether embarking on a partial or total abstinence fast, you should be aware of any physical conditions that might be affected by fasting. Always be led by the Spirit of God, and also consult your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.)                             


1-21 Pause Prayer Schedule


During our 21-Day fast, please join us for Corporate Prayer on the following days:


          Wednesday Evenings              6:30pm to 7:30pm (Nov. 2, 9, 16)

          Friday Evenings                       6:30pm to 7:30pm (Nov. 4, 11, 18)

          Saturday Mornings                  9:00am to 10:00am (Nov. 5, 12, 19)


1-21 Pause Daily Devotional

In order to assist you during these 21 days of fasting we have included a Daily Bible Reading Devotional below. We encourage you to read a portion of the daily reading in the morning, and the rest at night. Take time to meditate on what you’ve read, and jot down in a journal anything that God speaks to your heart. (Read Joshua 1:8)

P.T.C. Family, let’s Pause together for 21 days and draw closer to God. Let’s seek the Father for specific direction and marching orders for 2017. Let’s believe together that as we humble ourselves through fasting and prayer God will do incredible things in us and for us in the New Year! 


1-21 Pause

Daily Bible Reading Devotional

 

Day 1   November 1, 2016              John 1; Galatians 1, 2; Psalm 1, 2, 3; Proverbs 1        

Day 2    November 2, 2016              John 2; Galatians 3, 4; Psalm 4, 5; Prov. 2

Day 3    November 3, 2016              John 3; Galatians 5, 6; Psalm 6, 7; Prov. 3

Day 4    November 4, 2016              John 4; Ephesians 1, 2; Psalm 8, 9; Prov. 4

Day 5    November 5, 2016              John 5; Ephesians 3, 4; Psalm 10, 11; Prov. 5

Day 6    November 6, 2016              John 6; Ephesians 5, 6; Psalm 12, 13, 14; Prov. 6

Day 7    November 7, 2016              John 7; Philippians 1, 2; Psalm 15, 16, 17; Prov. 7

Day 8    November 8, 2016              John 8; Philippians 3, 4; Psalm 18; Prov. 8

Day 9    November 9, 2016              John 9; Colossians 1, 2; Psalm 19; Prov. 9

Day 10 – November 10, 2016            John 10; Colossians 3, 4; Psalm 20, 21; Prov. 10

Day 11 – November 11, 2016            John 11; I Thessalonians 1, 2; Psalm 22; Prov. 11

Day 12 – November 12, 2016            John 12; I Thessalonians 3, 4; Psalm 23, 24; Prov. 12

Day 13 – November 13, 2016            John 13; I Thess. 5; II Thess. 1; Psalm 25; Prov. 13

Day 14 – November 14, 2016            John 14; II Thess. 2, 3; Psalm 26, 27; Prov. 14

Day 15 – November 15, 2016            John 15; I Timothy 1, 2; Psalm 28, 29; Prov. 15

Day 16 – November 16, 2016            John 16; I Timothy 3, 4; Psalm 30, 31; Prov. 16

Day 17 – November 17, 2016            John 17; I Timothy 5, 6; Psalm 32, 33; Prov. 17

Day 18 – November 18, 2016            John 18; II Timothy 1, 2; Psalm 34; Prov. 18

Day 19 – November 19, 2016            John 19; II Timothy 3, 4; Psalm 35; Prov. 19

Day 20 – November 20, 2016            John 20; Titus 1, 2; Psalm 36; Prov. 20

Day 21 – November 21, 2016            John 21; Titus 3; Philemon 1; Prov. 21