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21 Days of Prayer and Fasting

Description, Opportunities, Resources

A Letter from the Elders

Dear Brothers and Sisters of Hershey Free Church,


Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


Over the last several months, there has been a clear and growing conviction amongst the Elders of our congregation that the Holy Spirit is moving the people of Hershey Free toward a season of growth and ongoing development in the interrelated and complementary spiritual disciplines of prayer and fasting.


We want to be clear, this conviction is not coming from a position of fear or alarm but rather from a sincere hope and anticipation of meaningful and beneficial spiritual growth together as individuals, as friends, as families, and as a corporate body of believers.


Purpose of the 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting:

As 2022 begins, we want to individually and corporately spend intentional time in prayer and fasting. Many of us know the value of prayer, but in our busyness and stress, we often don’t make time for the things that matter most. In these 21 days, we invite you to make space to listen to God. We encourage you to talk to God. Bring him your concerns, worries, and fears about the future. Intercede on behalf of your family, friends, church, and the world with God’s heart.


Weekly Prayer Themes

Week 1 – Unity

“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight”

(Philippians 1:9)

Week 2 – Wisdom

“so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ”

(Philippians 1:10)

Week 3 – Boldness

“filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God.”

(Philippians 1:11)


Definitions of Prayer and Fasting:

Definition of Prayer:

In its simplest definition, prayer is about building a relationship with God. It is more than asking. It is a way to get to know God. Prayer is an opportunity to tell God what is on our mind and release control to him. Prayer can take many forms. It can be as simple as talking to God and listening to God. You could try a prayer walk or pray a passage of Scripture. Spend time in confession and reflection on this past year.

 

Definition of Fasting:

Fasting is about abstaining from food or some desirable activity in order to focus on God. It is a rhythm of self-denial that helps us reorient ourselves to a life lived deeply with God. Fasting offers an opportunity to bring things to the surface and surrender them to God through prayer. Fasting is not necessarily giving up food. You can abstain from shopping, desserts, TV, phone use, computer games, etc., with the goal to replace that time in prayer, waiting on God. 


Benefits of Prayer and Fasting:

Many of us struggle with a desire to control the outcome of situations. The past few years have taught us that we are not in control. But prayer teaches us to replace our desire for control with prayerful trust in God. We partner with God in his concern for others. We learn to see God in every answer to prayer, whether that answer is yes, no, or wait in expectancy. Prayer grounds us when everything around us seems chaotic. God is big enough to handle our questions, doubts, anger, and concerns. When we dialogue with God, we receive his grace, peace, forgiveness, and strength in return. When we spend time with Jesus through fasting, we are reminded of Jesus’ sacrifice and seek strength from him. 


Ways to Join Hershey Free in our 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting:

the fountain

Every other month we offer an event that we call The Fountain. These evenings are special because we get to hear how God is working in each other’s lives during an open mic time. We sing praises to our God, and we pray together. On January 29, at 6:30 PM, The Fountain will take place in the sanctuary. This is the culmination of the 21 Days of Prayer and a celebration of how we have built upon our relationship with God through prayer. We hope you join us and stick around after to have a cup of coffee and hang out. If you can't be with us in person, you can watch live.

additional opportunities

  • Each morning one of our staff or elders will open the day with corporate prayer. We encourage you to pray with us on YouTube at 6:21 each morning or pray with us when you have the time. The videos can be found at the bottom of this page.


  • You can also join each other and pray together with your church family. Every Sunday at 8 AM, a group meets in the prayer room to pray for those who will walk through the doors of the church on Sunday. On Wednesday evenings, there is a zoom prayer group at 7:30 PM. Join the Zoom Meeting.


  • Did you know that Hershey Free Church has a weekly prayer guide? You can sign up to receive this prayer guide in your email each Friday by emailing Craig Koskela.


  • Sign up for prayer prompts by texting Prayer to 717-537-9172. You will receive Scriptures to pray, prayer prompts, and can interact with our staff by sharing your own prayer requests or experiences.


  • We invite you to fast with us on Mondays but if that day doesn’t work, choose any day of the week. The fast may be from food, electronics, media, etc. Remember that the purpose of fasting is to spend time in prayer, talking to God.