SEASON OF FASTING AND PRAYER WITH OASIS CHURCH

August 2018

Whenever God determines to do a great work, He firsts set His people to pray.C.H. Spurgeon.

Corporate Prayer Dates at Oasis Church

Monday 30thJuly, 630pm-730pm

Thursday 2ndAugust, 630pm-730pm

Monday 6thAugust, 6pm-7pm

Thursday 9thAugust 630pm-730pm

 

Dear Oasis!

Thank you for coming on this prayer journey with us! Let’s get excited for this time of fasting and prayer! When we started Oasis Church, we wanted PRAYER to be the foundation of everything we do, and nothing has changed! We want people to go beyond just meeting with Jesus on a Sunday, to knowing Him everyday. Our prayer is that this season of prayer and fasting will encourage you to be with Him more.

 

Mark 11:17a And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’.

 

 

This booklet is designed to help you take your NEXT STEPS to guide you through our annual season of prayer and fasting. Let’s set this time aside as sacred, and holy, to cry out to God corporately.

 

 

This time is critical, and should be taken seriously. During the 2 weeks, there will be opportunities to pray on your own, pray within your small groups and pray with the wider Oasis Church.

 

 

We love you!

Ps Ewen and Christie

 

 

 

FASTING BASICS

 

Why Fast?

  • Fasting was an expected discipline in both the Old and New Testament eras. For example, Moses fasted at least two recorded forty-day periods. Jesus fasted 40 days and reminded His followers to fast, “when you fast,” not if you fast.
  • Fasting and prayer can restore the loss of the “first love” for your Lord and result in a more intimate relationship with Christ.
  • Fasting is a biblical way to truly humble yourself in the sight of God (Psalm 35:13; Ezra 8:21). King David said, “I humble myself through fasting.”
  • Fasting enables the Holy Spirit to reveal your true spiritual condition, resulting in brokenness, repentance, and a transformed life.
  • The Holy Spirit will quicken the Word of God in your heart and His truth will become more meaningful to you!
  • Fasting can transform your prayer life into a richer and more personal experience.
  • Fasting can result in a dynamic personal revival in your own life-and make you a channel of revival to others.

 

Examples of Fasting in the Bible

Old Testament

  • Moses fasted 40 days on behalf of Israel’s sin: Deuteronomy 9:9, 18, 25-29; 10:10.
  • David fasted and mourned the death of Saul: 2 Samuel 1:12.
  • David fasted and mourned the death of Abner: 2 Samuel 3:35.
  • David fasted and mourned the death of his child: 2 Samuel 12:16.
  • Elijahfasted 40 days after fleeing from Jezebel: 1 Kings 19:7-18.
  • Ahab fasted and humbled himself before God: 1 Kings 21:27-29.
  • Darius fasted in concern for Daniel: Daniel 6:18-24.
  • Daniel fasted on behalf of Judah’s sin while reading Jeremiah’s prophecy: Daniel 9:1-19.
  • Daniel fasted regarding a mysterious vision from God: Daniel 10:3-13.
  • Estherfasted on behalf of her people: Esther 4:13-16.
  • Ezra fasted and wept for the sins of the returning remnant: Ezra 10:6-17.
  • Nehemiah fasted and mourned over the broken walls of Jerusalem: Nehemiah 1:4-2:10.
  • The people of Ninevah fasted after hearing the message of Jonah: Jonah

 

New Testament

  • Anna fasted for the redemptionof Jerusalem through the coming Messiah: Luke 2:37.
  • Jesus fasted 40 days before his temptation and the beginning of his ministry: Matthew

4:11.

  • The disciples of John the Baptist fasted: Matthew 9:14-15.
  • The elders in Antioch fasted before sending off Paul and Barnabas: Acts 13:1-5.
  • Cornelius fasted and sought God’s plan of salvation: Acts 10:30.
  • Paul fasted three day fast after his Damascus Road encounter: Acts 9:9.
  • Paul fasted 14 days while at sea on a sinking ship: Acts 27:33-34.

How to Begin

Start with a clear goal. Be specific. Why are you fasting? Do you need direction, healing, restoration of marriage or family issues? Are you facing financial difficulties? Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. Pray daily and read the Bible.

 

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 11:25Luke 11:417:3-4). Surrender your life fully to Jesus Christ and reject the worldly desires that try to hinder you (Romans 12:1-2).

 

Deciding What to Fast

The type of fasting you choose is up to you. You could go on a full fast in which you only drink liquids, or you may desire to fast like Daniel, who abstained from sweets and meats, and the only liquid he drank was water. Remember to replace that time with prayer and Bible study.

 

Deciding How Long

You may fast as long as you like. Most can easily fast from one to three days, but you may feel the grace to go longer, even as much as 21 to 40 days. As a church, we will fast for 14 days. Use wisdom and pray for guidance. Beginners are advised to start slow.

 

What to Expect

When you fast your body detoxifies, eliminating toxins from your system. This can cause mild discomfort such as headaches and irritability during withdrawal from caffeine and sugars. And naturally, you will have hunger pains. Limit your activity and exercise moderately. Take time to rest. Fasting brings about miraculous results. You are following Jesus’ example when you fast. Spend time listening to praise and worship. Pray as often as you can throughout the day. Get away from the normal distractions as much as possible and keep your heart and mind set on seeking God’s face.

 

How to End

Don’t overeat when the time comes to end your fast. Begin eating solid food gradually; eat small portions or snacks.

TYPES OF FASTS

Full Fast

Drink only liquids (you establish the number of days).

 

The Daniel Fast

Eat no meat, no sweets and no bread. Drink water and juice. Eat fruits and vegetables.

 

3-Day Fast

This fast can be a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.

 

Partial Fast

A partial fast is from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm or from sun up to sundown. You can select from three types of fasting —a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.

 

PRAYER PLAN

 

Day 1 Sunday

PRAYER FOCUS: Who can you help to find life?

Pray over people who don’t yet know Jesus that you love! Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you how to lead them to Jesus.

Proverbs 8:35For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord.

 

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Day 2 Monday

PRAYER FOCUS: People who don’t know Jesus in Cockburn and beyond.

Pray over people in the Cities of Cockburn and Kwinana, especially that they would be drawn into a loving relationship with Jesus.

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Day 3 Tuesday

PRAYER FOCUS: Presence of God at Oasis Church

Exodus 33:14-18The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest. ”Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”

 

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Day 4 Wednesday

PRAYER FOCUS: Presence of God in your home

Pray that the presence of God would dwell in your home and over your families. Look up Obed-Edom in the bible to see how the presence of God changed his home.

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Day 5 Thursday

PRAYER FOCUS: OasisChurch health, growth and financial provision

Acts 2:47praising God and having favor with all the people And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.

Acts 9:31So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase.

Romans 12:4-5For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

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Day 6 Friday

PRAYER FOCUS: Leaders of nations and cities

Titus 3:1-2 Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.

 

Romans 13:6This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing.

 

Romans 13:1Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

 

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Day 7 Saturday

PRAYER FOCUS: Leaders of Oasis Church

Pray for Ps Ewen and Christie and their family, pray for our leadership team and their families, pray for our small group leaders and our Dream Team leaders and their families.

1 Thessalonians 5:25Brothers, pray for us.

1 Timothy 5:17Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.

 

Hebrews 13:17Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.

 

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Day 8 Sunday

PRAYER FOCUS: People at Oasis – marriages, families, health, blessing, favour, jobs.

Pray the prayer of Jabez over the families of Oasis Church!

1 Chronicles 4:10Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!” And God granted what he asked.

 

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Day 9 Monday

PRAYER FOCUS: Personal next steps

Pray over your next steps. What is God asking you to do next? What have you layed down that you need to pick up? How can you grow more? What small group do you need to join?

Ephesians 2:9-10For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

 

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Day 10 Tuesday

PRAYER FOCUS: Over Oasis children/youth/primary schools/high schools in City of Cockburn and Kwinana and surrounds

Psalm 127:3Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.

Matthew 19:13-15Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” And he laid his hands on them and went away.

 

Ephesians 6:1-4Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

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Day 11 Wednesday

PRAYER FOCUS: Pray for the nations. Choose a current crisis in the world and pray over it.

Psalm 33:12Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!

2 Chronicles 7:14If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

1 Timothy 2:1First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,

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Day 12 Thursday

PRAYER FOCUS: Signs, wonders, miracles, healings, supernatural encounters, powerful move of the Holy Spirit

Acts 4:30While you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”

 

John 14:12“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.

 

Mark 16:17-18And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

 

Mark 16:20And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs

 

Romans 8:11And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.

 

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Day 13 Friday

PRAYER FOCUS: Making a difference

Pray over what you can do to make a difference in your world. Who can you be generous to with your time, gifts and resource? Whose needs can you meet on a deeper level? Where can you serve to make a difference in the world?

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Day 14 Saturday

PRAYER FOCUS: Know God’s love more

Romans 8:35-39Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b]neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

1 John 4:9-10In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

 

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