The First Corporate Prayer of 2021!
Arise and Pray with Agape and Honor
Wednesday, January 13, 7:00 PM
To prepare for our upcoming time of corporate prayer, we are meditating on the following scriptures:
1 Timothy 2:1: “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” ESV
We are also fasting from eyes shut on Tuesday, January 12 until 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 13. Be sure to get your copy of our fasting guidelines.
Throughout corporate prayer we will pray and release decrees into the atmosphere as we declare our agreement with the will of God:
- Apostle Mike – prayers of declarations and thanksgiving for the gift God has given to us. Also, prayers of petition for his heart, health, hearing, and headship. (1 Tim 5:17, 1 Thes. 5:12-13, Prov. 4:23, Ps. 91:16)
- Dee Dee – that she continues to be an instrument and tool that God uses to minister racial reconciliation, equality, and healing; and models the character of Christ for women. (Act 10:34-35 & 1 Tim 3:11)
- Our Leadership teams (Pastor Dewayne and Min Lisa, Pastoral Staff, Min. Clo and Elder Mario, Executive Directors and Directors) – That they have an increased ability to hear from Apostle as to what the Spirit of God is saying in this season, envelop Apostles spirit of the Agape and Honor Culture; that they maintain the love of God as their motivation to sow and serve, and that they will remain focused and steady in fulfilling their assignments. (Heb. 13:7, Jn 16:13, 1 Cor. 15:58)
- Partners – That they stay plugged into the word, align themselves to the right voices, envelop the culture of Agape and Honor, continue to give Apostle Mike their ear, and exhibit kingdom responses to the current teachings on vision, faith, family, finance, and fitness. (Matt. 7:24-27, Jn 10:27 [NLT], Jer. 3:15)
- Government – That there will be a peaceful and smooth transition to office for newly elected and appointed officials, that God’s will for America will be done, and for the spirit of division, strife, and confusion to be bound and unity loosed in the land. (Jer. 29:7, 1 Cor. 14:33, Proverbs 8:13-16)
- COVID-19 vaccine – That the distribution of the vaccine is accelerated, that it is safe and there are no adverse side effects, and that each believer discern what God is saying to them about receiving the shot and trust God. (Ps. 56:3)
- Each believer will take authority over the spirit of fear. (Isaiah 41:10)
- Each believer are influencers of the agape and honor revival and are set to establish the agape culture in their lives personally. (Jn 13:35 & 1 Jn 4:21)
- Children learning virtually – that they will not fall behind academically, they will have every tool and electronics needed to learn virtually, they will not have emotional or social deficits due to learning in a virtual environment, and that parents will have wisdom to assist and oversee their children’s academic and emotional well-being, especially during the pandemic. (Isaiah 8:18)
- Financial recovery – each believer will take action as we tithe, save and sow we will flourish financially, that those who lost jobs, businesses, homes, or retirement income in the stock market will recover and thrive through wisdom and the favor of God. (Mal. 3:10, Luke 6:38, Joel 2:25-26)
- Wisdom and creativity – that each believer will hear from Holy Spirit and take bold steps to reinvent themselves, tap their untapped potential, and become better and capable of more than they ever thought possible. (Proverbs 4:7, Proverbs 4:6, Acts 28:31 [ESV], 2 Cor 2:16, Eph. 3: 20)
- Health, healing, restoration, and wholeness for anyone and those who has received a negative medical diagnosis and that they will resist the spirit of fear and will not panic. Decree they will do what is necessary to maintain their healing and health after they have won their faith fight. (3 John 1:2, Luke 6:19, Jeremiah 30:17)
- Marriages – that couples will reset and remain in faith for their relationships, walking in agape love, and modeling and demonstrating Christ’s love for the church and putting in the work. (Genesis 1:27-28, Ephesians 4:2-3, Ephesians 4:9)
- Salvation of the lost and the returning of the backslider – that they will hear and receive the truth, that the light of the gospel will dispel darkness, that hardness of heart is removed along with every blockage to Christ being revealed in their lives. We are binding the spirit of deception and releasing the spirit of truth to be received and embraced. Also, praying for born again believers who are not fellowshipping with other believers to reconnect with the body of Christ and a Pastor. (1 Cor. 1:18-19 & 2 Cor. 4:4)
That laborers are released
- Prayer of Thanksgiving and Agreement for the manifestation of our prayer requests, petitions, and the decrees and declarations that have been released. (Phil. 4:6 & 1 Jn 5:14-15)
I beseech you therefore; brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. — Romans 12:1
Biblical references to the spiritual discipline of fasting describe a practice of abstaining from food for a specified period of time. Fasting is a time of bringing the body under the control of the Holy Spirit on a consistent basis. Instead of receiving the physical gratification of food and various other activities, we become very aware of the substance and power of the Holy Spirit. When we pray in this manner, it is not to get God’s attention, to impress Him, or to change Him. Instead, our purpose is to focus our attention on Him as the only Source of all of our needs.—Elmer Towns
Fasting is one of the most powerful weapons God has given us for our daily lives. Through fasting, you can experience spiritual renewal, supernatural healing, a release from the bondage of sin, restoration in your relationships, financial blessings, and so much more!
During this time of corporate fasting, we will take the time to empty ourselves so that God can fill us fresh and anew until we overflow with His Spirit, His presence, His power, and His anointing. Pray that the Lord will give us fresh insight and revelation as it pertains to our lives, our families, friends, our Spirit of Faith Christian Center family, our nation and our world.
We believe that as we humble ourselves, pray, seek God’s face, and turn from any wickedness, He will hear from heaven, and will forgive our sin and heal our land. Now, His eyes will be open and His ears will be attentive to the prayer made in this place, according to 2 Chronicles 7:14.
Benefits of Fasting
1. Improves your ability to hear from God (Ezra 8:21)
2. Builds you up spiritually (Matthew 4:2, 23, 24)
3. Lifts oppression and breaks demonic powers ( Mark 9:29, Isaiah 58: 6-8)
4. Leads you into a time of humility and repentance (Psalm 109:22-26)
5. Causes health to spring forth speedily (Isaiah 58:8)
Psalm 133:1-3 tells us that when we come together (corporately) in unity, there the Lord has commanded His blessing.
Corporate prayer was practiced throughout the Bible. In Acts 13:1-3 as they ministered to the Lord and fasted corporately, the Holy Spirit gave specific directions.
In 2 Chronicles 20, Jehoshaphat, overwhelmed by an invasion, called the people to fast and pray. This corporate prayer and fasting resulted in Judah’s victory over their enemy – without a fight!
In Ezra 8:21-23, Ezra called a time of corporate prayer and fasting to seek God’s wisdom and protection. “Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might fast before our God to seek of Him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance . . . so we fasted and besought our God for this: and He was entreated of us.”
Types of Fasts
Normal Fast: A fast evidenced by abstaining from solid foods but allowing the consumption of liquids.
Before You Begin: Pray and seek God for direction regarding the type of fast you should choose. Ask the Lord to show you areas to target during your time of prayer and fasting. Do you need direction, healing, restoration of marriage, peace, etc.? Seek God’s guidance and His Word regarding these situations.
Preparing Spiritually: Confess your sins to God. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal areas of weakness. Forgive all who have offended you and ask forgiveness from those you may have offended (Mark 11:25; Luke 11:4; 17:3). Surrender your life fully to Jesus Christ and resist the worldly desires that try to hinder you (Romans 12:1-2).
Physical Preparation/Guidelines: Although fasting is primarily a spiritual discipline, it begins in the physical realm and requires preparation. Physical preparation makes the change in your eating routine a little easier so you can turn your full attention to the Lord in prayer. Begin eating smaller meals several days before you begin the 3-day portion of the fast.
Consult your physician before fasting, particularly if you are taking medications or have a chronic ailment. Do not forget to take prescribed medications.
Some people should not fast without professional supervision. They include:
1. Women who are pregnant or nursing.
2. Individuals who take insulin, or who suffer from any blood sugar condition such as hypoglycemia.
3. Persons who have tumors, bleeding ulcers, cancer, blood diseases, heart disease, etc.
Do not attempt to be a “super faster.” Our fasting does not impress God.
What to Expect
When you fast your body detoxifies, eliminating toxins from your system. This can cause mild discomfort such as headaches and irritability, particularly during withdrawal from caffeine and sugars. And naturally, you will have hunger pains. Limit your physical activity and exercise.
In addition, participants should:
· Be in agreement with one another, not allowing bitterness, unforgiveness, or division to hinder their prayers.
· Pray for one another.
· Pray as often as possible throughout the day.
· Read and meditate on God’s Word.
· Spend time daily in praise and worship.
· Get away from the normal distractions as much as possible and keep their hearts and minds set on seeking God’s face.
· Pray in faith, expecting results!
· Remember that it is the attitude of a heart sincerely seeking Him to which God responds with a blessing (Isaiah 58, Jeremiah 14:12 and 1 Corinthians 8:8).
(Adapted from Fasting for Spiritual Breakthroughs by Elmer Towns and Jentezen Franklin Ministries – Fasting 2011)
MAY GOD RICHLY BLESS YOU AS YOU FAST!