Seven Day Prayer and Fasting Guide

What is fasting?
Fasting is abstaining from something in order to focus on God. The Bible typically portrays fasting as abstaining from food, but other items may also suffice (e.g., television, social media, hobbies, etc.)

Why are we fasting?
The Bible gives many motivations for fasting, but we are asking you to enter this period of prayer and fasting with a heart towards the vast number of people on our planet that have not yet professed saving faith in Jesus Christ. Feel free to create your own fasting plan for 7 consecutive days. Examples might include skipping lunch for the next 7 days or abstaining 24/7 from screen time and social media, etc.

What do I do instead of eating?
Fasting is not merely abstaining from food, but replacing physical hunger with spiritual nourishment. Use your hunger pains as prompts to utilize spiritual disciplines such as praying, reading the Bible, journaling and singing praises to God. Use the prayer prompts given each day to pray specifically and strategically for missions.

Day 1: Heart for Evangelism

Bible Reading: Matthew 28:18-20; 
Luke 10:2; Acts 4:29; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21

God wants to use you to share the gospel with your neighbors and the nations. This thought fills many of us with anxiety. “What if I don’t know what to say?” “What if they are offended?” “What if I don’t do it right?” Most of us are more concerned with our own ability than what God wants to do in and through us. Pray for your own heart towards the lost. On a scale from 1 to 10, how would you rate your personal burden for the billions of people who don’t know Jesus? When was the last time you shared the gospel with a nonbeliever?

Day 1 Prayer Points:

  • For a personal burden to see the world like Jesus does and to be looking for opportunities to share.
  • For boldness to trust God and share the gospel in the next 7 days.

Day 2: 2019 FBC Mission Teams

Bible Reading: Mark 16:15; 1 Peter 2:9-10; Genesis 12:1-3; Isaiah 6:1-8

First Baptist has several mission trips planned for 2019. Whether you go or not, you can play a big part by contributing through praying and giving.

fbcmatthews.org/opportunities

Day 2 Prayer Points:

  • For each mission trip – that God would financially provide for each participant.
  • For the transformation of each participant; that a week “on the field” will give them a greater purpose for how to live on mission in Charlotte.
  • For great spiritual fruit, including the salvation of souls, to extend well beyond our team’s time on the trip.

Day 3: Cross Cultural Church Plant

Bible Reading: Matthew 16:18; 
John 17:20-23; Ephesians 6:1-4; 1 Corinthians 3:5-6

First Baptist is planting a cross cultural church in 2019. This church is open to all, but will have a strategic focus on reaching the growing international population moving to Charlotte. Several FBC members are committing to going with this church for at a least a year to help it have a successful launch. While a team approach to leadership will be utilized, FBC member Dan Pokharel will serve as the lead planter.

Day 3 Prayer Points:

  • For the team to hear the voice of the Lord for culturally conducive strategies to reach strategic international neighborhoods.
  • For unity within the church plant team and church body.
  • For emotional, physical, spiritual, and financial health for the church planters and their families

Day 4: Boston Church Planting

Bible Reading: Matthew 6:9; 
2 Thessalonians 3:1; James 1:5; 
Colossians 1:10

8.2 million people call Boston home as it is one of the historical cultural centers of our country. Yet, very few call Jesus Lord. In fact, there is only 1 SBC church for every 38,000 residents. We have partnered with a church planting movement in Boston through the North American Mission Board’s Send City initiative. For 4 years now, we have strategically helped 2 churches: Charles River Church (Pastor: Josh Wyatt) and Indian Community Church (Pastor: Suresh Sammangi).

namb.net/boston

Day 4 Prayer Points:

  • For Pastor Josh Wyatt and Charles River Church to find a permanent space to house their church gathering as they are currently renting a local elementary school.
  • For Pastor Suresh Sammangi and Indian Community Church to find new in roads to reach the many Indians who call Boston home.
  • For there to be 100 growing church plants in the city of Boston by 2020.

Day 5: Local Mission Partners

Bible Reading: Ephesians 2:10; 
Matthew 5:13-16; John 13:3-4

Charlotte offers abundant opportunities to serve and make a difference. As a church, we carefully cultivate relationships and support mission work through strategic partnerships where we come along side others to offer prayer, training, and financial support. As you pray for each partnership by name, also consider playing a servant role in helping one of them. Most offer multiple opportunities to engage.

fbcmatthews.org/local

Day 5 Prayer Points:

  • For the non-believing residents of Charlotte to hear the gospel through a strategic local mission partner.
  • For each partner to have the financial resources it needs to do its work in 2019.
  • For God to provide workers to help each partnership fulfill its mission.

Day 6: Global Mission Partners

Bible Reading: Acts 1:8; Acts 2:42-47; 
2 Corinthians 8-9

We are privileged to partner with missionaries and mission agencies all over the globe. Our financial and prayerful encouragement fuels their fire to fulfill God’s will. They are a part of our family and we should not forget the great work they are doing for and with us as a church. For a full list of FBC global mission partners, please visit the following:

Day 6 Prayer Points:

  • For each partner by name, asking God to bear great fruit from their ministries in 2019.
  • For encouragement and strong faith to protect them from the devil, who wants them to feel isolated and discouraged.
  • For any role God wants you to play in partnering with any one of them.

fbcmatthews.org/global

Day 7: Unreached People Groups

Bible Reading: John 20:21; Matthew 24:14; Romans 15:20

According to the Joshua Project, there are over 7,000 unreached people groups in the world which make up close to 3.14 billion people. A people group is not the same as a country. Members of a people group share the same ethnic identity. They typically have a common language, a common religion, and a common history. Many of them are located in areas of the world that are hard to reach. Use the following two pages to learn more about unreached people groups:

joshuaproject.net
imb.org

Day 7 Prayer Points:

  • For God to use supernatural means to create opportunities for these people to hear the gospel.
  • For God to raise up workers to join the mission and go to these groups.
  • For God to ignite a passion in your heart for those who currently have no access to the gospel.