Why Fast

We are encouraging our church family to consider fasting corporately for 21 days during Connect 21. The fast is part of a season of high-intensity prayer as a church family.

You may also choose to fast at other times during the year for your spiritual development. It’s very typical to fast a single meal, a whole day, or three days or more. The timing of your fast or what you choose to fast is not as important as your focus on God as you fast.

The purpose of fasting is to draw closer to God. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a greater spiritual purpose. It causes us to shift our focus from the outside-in to the inside out. It also enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all the good things God desires to bring into our lives.

Your fast should be challenging in order to turn your attention to God in moments of hunger, but you must know your body and what your limits are. The most important part of the fast is to seek God in prayer and follow the Holy Spirit as He leads you, not simply deny yourself food.

Fasting (Partial Fast)

This fast is sometimes called the “Jewish Fast” and involves abstaining from eating any type of food during certain periods of the day.

Fasting (Partial Fast)

In a complete fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.

At Linked UP Church, we encourage a combination of the Partial and Complete fasts by fasting for at least six (6) hours each day for the entire duration of the 21 day fast.

Depending on your schedule, please choose a time that works best for you by drinking only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.

Suggested periods of the day are:
6:00 AM – 12:00PM
12:00PM – 6:00 PM
6:00 PM – 12:00AM
12:00AM – 6:00 AM*
*For night shift workers

HOW TO FAST SAFELY

As you begin your fast, be assured when done properly, fasting will not only prove to be a spiritual blessing but a physical blessing as well.

If necessary, consult your doctor before you begin your fast. But, be aware that many doctors have not been trained in this area, and so their understanding is limited. If you are under any type of medication, talk to your doctor before changing your regime. Prudence and caution are in order.

Prayer Guidelines

The Word of God is one of the most valuable tools we have to build a dynamic daily prayer life. Scripture brings power, truth, and encouragement to our prayer time. We can make a difference when we spend time praying for others. Pray for those with whom you interact and connect. In 1 Timothy 2:1-2, the Apostle Paul writes:

Pray for those in authority

Pray for those in natural authority

• President
• Vice President
• United States Senate
• United States Congress
• United States Supreme Court
• U.S. Government Departments
• Presidential Advisors
• All U.S. Military Branches
• Georgia Governor
• Lieutenant Governor
• State Senators
• Senate Representatives
• State Courts
• State & County Board of Education
• State Elected Officials
• Mayors
• City Council Members
• County and Municipal Courts

Pray for those in spiritual authority

• Apostle Fred and Dr. Betty Price
• Apostle Mike & Dr. Dee Dee Freeman
• Pastors Joel and Patricia Gregory
• Linked UP Church Ministerial Staff
• The Dream Team and Connect Groups
• Pray the Lord will continue sending the right people with the right heart to help fulfill the vision
• Greater measure of the Spirit of Wisdom

Supplication for other believers

• Receive all God has in store for us, also be led as to who God wants us to bless
• Receive the breakthroughs they have been believing for
• Pray for uncommon miracles
• Great wealth for God’s people
• Obedience with our finances as it relates to tithes and offerings
• Greater prayer life
• Spiritual growth and development
• Strong marriages and families
• Successful singles
• Jobs, careers, businesses
• People will take their NEXT STEPS in their spiritual journey

Interceding for the lost
  • Win souls for the Kingdom
    • The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who wins souls is wise. Proverbs 11:30
  •  Clear soul-winning strategy
    • Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law. Proverbs 29:18
  • Pray for more laborers
    • Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. (38) Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38
  • Pray to reach the lost
    • The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
Pray for the body of Christ
  • And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. 1 Corinthians 12:28
Pray for Linked UP Church’s Dream Team and Connect Groups

• Pray God will send the right people with the right heart to fill all Dream Team needs within our church
• Pray Holy Spirit will empower each Dream Team member and leader to Love God, Love People, Pursue Excellence, and Choose Joy
• Pray for each Dream Team members’ lives and families be covered and enriched because of their sacrifice and dedication to our ministry • Pray God will raise up Connect Group leaders to connect their communities to God
• Pray God will expand the influence of Connect Group leaders in their neighborhood and community
• Pray each Connect Group leader’s life will be greatly blessed because of their sacrifice and obedience to God

Pray for the vision of Linked UP Church

• Connect People to God
• Connect People to family
• Connect People to their purpose
• Connect People to the community
• Pray for all who serve others
• Continued favor with city and county officials in Powder Springs and the Greater Atlanta area
• Resources to purchase land and property to house the vision • Pray for new and effective ways for Linked UP Church to serve the community
• Very impactful Connect 40 spiritual concentration in the Fall

Lifestyle Prayer

Prayer is most effective when it isn’t just something we do now and then, but when it’s a lifestyle we cultivate. As we pursue a prayer lifestyle, we can look at the example Jesus gave during His life on earth.

Here are three things that scripture tells us Jesus did for His time in prayer.

“Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.”

Mark 1:35

A Certain Time

Jesus got up very early in the morning to spend time with His Heavenly Father. For prayer to work, we should do the same. Make a daily appointment with God and keep it.

A Certain Place

Jesus had a prayer place. Your prayer place needs to be an undistracted environment where you can pray out loud and perhaps have some worship music playing in the background.

A Certain Plan

Go into your prayer time with a plan. If it changes, that is fine. When Jesus taught His disciples how to pray, He gave His disciples a prayer outline.

The prayer models outlined later in this book can help you practice different ways to pray, which can help you find deeper purpose and connect to God through your prayer time. Select a model or prayer topic, and as you pray, focus on the process the model reveals, giving yourself time to pray intentionally. The goal is for prayer to become more natural, effective, and enjoyable.

While prayer does take commitment and requires discipline to develop into a daily habit, we also want to remember that it’s a privilege to come to God in prayer.

A.C.T.S.

The A.C.T.S. prayer pattern is an excellent and effective way to focus our hearts on who God is and what He has done for us before we turn our hearts to ask Him for His continued blessings.

Prayer is simply talking to God, and He is not concerned with how many words we use when we pray or if we can eloquently quote scripture. Use the A.C.T.S. acronym to enrich our conversation with God.

Adoration

During this time, focus directly on God, adoring Him for Who He is. His names, His character, His roles, etc. Worship and praise God with your heart, mind, and voice.

Therefore David blessed the Lord before all the assembly; and David said: “Blessed are You, Lord God of Israel, our Father, forever and ever.11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, The power and the glory, The victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, And You are exalted as head over all.12 Both riches and honor come from You, And You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; In Your hand it is to make great And to give strength to all. 13 “Now therefore, our God, We thank You And praise Your glorious name. 1 Chronicles 29:10-13

O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens! 2 Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger. 3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, 4 What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? 5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, 7 All sheep and oxen— Even the beasts of the field, 8 The birds of the air, And the fish of the sea That pass through the paths of the seas. 9 O Lord, our Lord,
How excellent is Your name in all the earth! Psalm 8:1-9

The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. 2 Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. 3 There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard. 4 Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun, 5 Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, And rejoices like a strong man to run its race. 6 Its rising is from one end of heaven, And its circuit to the other end; And there is nothing hidden from its heat. 7 The law of the
Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; 8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; 9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned, And in keeping them there is great reward.

14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer Psalm 19:1-11,14

1 O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water. 2 So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. 3 Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You. 4 Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. Psalm 63:1-4

Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! 2 Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. 3 Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. 4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. 5For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations Psalm 100:1-5

Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament! 2 Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness! 3 Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! 4 Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! 5 Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals! 6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord! Psalm 150:1-6

Confidence

You should always pray confidently. All of us who live for Jesus Christ have the Holy Spirit living inside of us. If we believe this, then how could we not be confident about coming boldly before the Lord? God’s Word instructs us to do so in the following scriptures.

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. 1 John 5:14-15

Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:14-16
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6

Every time you pray, you should be confident that God will listen and answer your prayers according to His good will, which is His Word. If He gave you eternal life through His Son, you know He will answer your prayers.

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time for prayers of thanks for what God has done. Thank Him for salvation, the many blessings in your life, protection, provision, open doors, opportunities, and anything He has done for you.

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34

Rejoice always, 17pray without ceasing, 18in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

Supplication

Supplication is a specific prayer request which can be oral or written. This is the time to ask God for His divine help to meet needs, solve problems, work in another believer’s life, etc.

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints; Ephesians 6:18
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; Philippians 4:6

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. I Timothy 2:1-4

As God blesses you and answers your prayers, now it’s your time to act. Be willing to obey God as He may lead you to share your time, resources, or your testimony with others.

Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. Acts 4:32

Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. 18Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, 19storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. 1 Timothy 6:17-19

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Revelation 12:11

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