We make it a priority to start off the new year with 21 days of prayer and fasting to align ourselves with God’s word.
Every morning to start your day with one of our Pastoral staff with 8@8 on Facebook Live (facebook.com/gracehoustontx). We will be sharing a short 8-minute devo at 8 am.
The best way to get started is to pray and ask the Lord for wisdom on how you should fast. Maybe you need to refrain from indulging in desserts, take a break from social media, or pause Netflix for three weeks. Once you’ve determined how you will fast, stick to it, and watch how God moves in your life!
Choose one of these options:
A DAILY MEAL (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, or intermittent)
A FOOD GROUP (meat, sweets, solids, or breads/grains)
A DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT (TV, social media, streaming platforms, or video games)
Pray consistently each day, during that specific time frame, or a set time that works for you.
If there is something you’ve been praying for, working to overcome, or seeking God’s wisdom on, fasting is a perfect way to quiet all the noise and tune in to what God has to say.
The Bible is full of examples of the power of fasting and prayer. In Judges 20, after facing terrible defeat, the Israelites fasted and asked God for guidance ahead of their next battle—which they won! In Daniel 10, Daniel fasted before receiving a vision from God. And in Matthew 4, before Jesus began His ministry, He fasted 40 days.
Schedule time with God
Find a quiet place
Keep your journal close
Practice postures of prayer
Have an accountability partner
Prayer Focus: Disconnect from the world and connect to God.
Scripture: 1 John 2:15-17
Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world—wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him. The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out—but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity.
Prayer Focus: Give us this day our daily bread.
Scripture: Matthew 6:9-15
This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
Prayer Focus: Focus our heart on:
Scripture: Psalm 139:23-24
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Prayer Focus: Let the fruit in my life grow
Scripture: Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Prayer Focus: Help me to love like God, with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength.
Scripture: Matthew 22:36-40
Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law? Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Prayer Focus: Go and share God’s word.
Scripture: Matthew 28:16-20
Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Prayer Focus: Increase our faith to believe in miracles in our lives and around us.
Scripture: Mark 9:20-24
So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth. 21 Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?” “From childhood,” he answered. 22 “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” 23 “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” 24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
Prayer Focus: God’s provision in our lives and the church.
Scripture: Philippians 4:19
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Prayer Focus: God’s healing in our lives and in the church.
Scripture: Ezekiel 37:6b
I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.
Prayer Focus: Next Gen – Kids, Youth, Young Adults
Scripture: Luke 2:52
Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.
Prayer Focus: Marriage, Family, Groups, Freedom
Scripture: Proverbs 18:21
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Prayer Focus: Outreach – Communities, City-wide, Missions
Scripture: Matthew 25:35-40
35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Prayer Focus: Personal Revival
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4: 16-18
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Prayer Focus: Revival in your family.
Scripture: Genesis 45:4-5
Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! 5 And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.
Prayer Focus: Revival in the Next Gen – Kids, Youth, Young Adults
Scripture: John 6:8-11
Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” 10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
Prayer Focus: Revival in the United States
Scripture: 1 Timothy 2:1-3
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. 2 Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.
Prayer Focus: Worldwide Revival
Scripture: Acts 1:8
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth
Prayer Focus: Pastors and Leaders
Scripture: Ephesians 1:15-17
For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.