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july 6, 2020 -july 19, 2020

July 2020
Fasting Guide

Solemn Assembly Joel 1:14 -20 Consecrate a fast, Call a sacred assembly; Gather the elders And all the inhabitants of the land Into the house of the Lord your God, And cry out to the Lord. ~Joel 1:14 

WHAT IS FASTING? Fasting is an alert refusal of comforts, overindulgences, and distractions which adversely affect our ability to bring ourselves into a Christ-like frame of mind. It is a form of divesting the self from the seductions of dominant culture, preparing the self for righteous struggles, and committing yourself or someone else to doing God’s work in the world. Biblical fasting is an escalated way of petitioning God for help, a statement of solidarity among people, and is often done corporately in response to injustice as an act of resistance. (Daniel 1:1-15; Esther 4) 

The focus of fasting should not be on the food, although abstinence from food is inclusive of the goal, but rather on the way hunger induces the feeling of emptiness and lack that is reflective of the communal condition. Fasting places checks and balances on personal desire and want by suppressing these natural longings in order to lift up the needs and demands of the community. A consistent practice of fasting lends a greater sense of self-control, provides clarity and confidence in times of trouble, and rightly re-centers God in our lives.


7 Basic Steps to Successful Fasting and Prayer

STEP 1: Set Your Objective
• Answer the question—Why are you fasting?

STEP 2: Make Your Commitment.
• What physical or social activities you will you consider restricting during your fast?
• How much time each day you will devote to prayer and God's Word?

STEP 3: Prepare Yourself Spiritually: The very foundation of fasting and prayer is repentance.

STEP 4: Prepare Yourself Physically: Prepare your body:
• Eat smaller meals before starting a fast.
• Avoid high-fat and sugary foods before beginning your fast.
• Eat raw fruit and vegetables for two days before starting a fast.

STEP 5: Put Yourself on a Schedule

STEP 6: End Your Fast Gradually: take your time reintroducing food into your diet

STEP 7: Expect Results

STEP 8: Read the Scripture before the given scripture and after the scripture.

Day 1: Repentance: Monday, July 6, 2020
Scripture: Acts: 3:19-21 NKJV
Reflection: Did you know sin is what separates us from God? Do you practice repentance daily?
Declaration: I will repent daily for my sins so that I remain close to Him with clean hands and a
pure heart.

Day 2: Repentance: Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Scripture: Acts 17:30 MSG
Reflection: Ask God to reveal any hidden sin(s) in your life. As they are made known to you, how
will you begin to turn away from those things?
Declaration: The Lord responds to my repentance with mercy.

Day 3: Repentance: Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Scripture: Proverbs 28:13 NKJV
Reflection: It would be a mistake to think that sin could be hidden from God. But the reality is
that God knows all and can handle all. With this in mind, what sins are you hiding or burying? Are
you ready to reveal those hidden things and experience the power of God’s healing?
Declaration: Today, I confess those things I struggle to say out loud. I will no longer hide
anything from God. My relationship with God and others will be built on truth.

Day 4: Repentance: Thursday, July 9, 2020
Scripture: Psalm 32:3, 5 NLT
Reflection: Is pride keeping you from confessing out loud the thing(s) you have done to
dishonor God? When was the last time you held yourself accountable for your actions? Have you
made confession a daily practice?
Declaration: Today, I will confess my sins. I will confess to God and also to those I have offended.
I understand that the longer I hold in my wrongs, the worse off I will feel. Therefore, I will release
myself from the burden of poor decisions, confess my faults, and receive God’s forgiveness!

Day 5: Reflection: Friday, July 10, 2020
Scripture: Lamentation 3:21-24 NKJV
Reflection: Have you been anxious or fearful? Take a few moments and think of three times
God has shown His faithfulness. What hope can you pull from those examples to help you in
your present situation?
Declaration: I declare and decree through the Lord’s mercies and faithfulness, I am strengthened
and have hope.

Day 6: Reflection: Saturday, July 11, 2020
Scripture: John 8:32 NKJV
Reflection: Are you a truth seeker? What lies about yourself and others have you accepted as
truth that aren't based on God's word? Ask God to reveal the truth of His word to you.
Declaration: Today, I stand firm on the truth of God's word. It is my weapon of warfare and my

Day 7: Reflection: Sunday, July 12, 2020

Scripture: Philippians 4:8 NKJV
Reflection: With all that is going on in the world, it is vital to meditate on the things of God; what
is right, what is beautiful, and what is good for all mankind.
Declaration: In the face of difficult times, I will remain optimistic and keep my faith in God.

Day 8: Reflection: Monday, July 13, 2020
Scripture: Esther 4:13-14 NLT
Reflection: Do you feel disconnected with the dilemmas of other people? Do you find it hard
speaking up in times of injustice? Why or why not? What happens if you remain silent?
Declaration: Today, I will not allow fear to keep me from doing what is right. I will not hide
behind my position as an excuse for being silent. Instead, I will be bold and use my voice to
speak up when I see injustice or mistreatment of any kind. I will be an active participant in the
change I wish to see. 

Day 9: Reconciliation: Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Scripture: Ephesians 2:14-16 NIV
Reflection: How do you define reconciliation? Did you know Jesus came to reconcile us back to
God? How can you pray for those who hold hostility in their hearts? What leaders who display
hostility will you lift up to God today?
Declaration: I declare that my heart and the hearts of this nation’s leaders, both political and
spiritual, be humbled and reconciled to God.

Day 10: Reconciliation: Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Scripture: Genesis 33:4 NIV
Reflection: How do you go about reconciling your own actions before reconciling with the person
you have offended? Is there someone in your life that you need to reconcile with? Are you eager
to resolve the issues you both have with one another? Why is urgency in the act of reconciliation
Declaration: Today, I will make intentional efforts to settle unresolved issues I have with others.
Because time is precious, I will not put crucial conversations off that need to be had now. I thank
God for being reconciled back to Him and the reconciliation I will experience with others.

Day 11: Reconciliation: Thursday, July 16, 2020
Scripture: Hebrews 12:14 NKJV
Reflection: As people of God, we do not desire to repay evil for evil, but it is our duty to fight for
peace as Christ did in order to live peaceably and in holiness with everyone.
Declaration: Today, I will make an effort to listen, gain understanding, and speak up so that peace
can prevail. I declare that I will let nothing separate me from the love of God. (Romans 8:39)

Day 12: Reconciliation: Friday, July 17, 2020
Scripture: Matthew 18:15-17 NIV

Reflection: Is there someone you need to confront about an offense? Is there someone seeking
forgiveness from you that you are refusing to grant? If so, what is stopping you from forgiving
them? Do you seek to understand opposing viewpoints? Are you an active listener? Are you in a
healthy space to talk maturely about the situation?

Declaration: Today, I will commit to doing the work that invites repentance and leads to
reconciliation. I will not avoid confrontation but will embrace it as an opportunity for
understanding. I respect myself and my relationships enough to not allow harmful behaviors to go 
unchecked. Moreover, I will receive rebuke of my behaviors with love and not defense. I declare
a cleansing and a unifying of the people of this land as we pursue reconciliation.

Day 13: Restoration: Saturday, July 18, 2020
Scripture: Psalms 51:12 NKJV
Reflection: Are you feeling down during these current events that are occurring in our country?
Do you believe that God is able to restore you and this nation?
Declaration: I believe that God will restore my joy and declare that His spirit will be poured out
on our community, our nation, and the world.

Day 14: Restoration: Sunday, July 19, 2020
Scripture: Hosea 6:1 NKJV
Reflection: What areas in your life, your family, and your community do you need God to
restore? How are you being an agent of restoration in these areas?
Declaration: God is restoring every broken area in my life, my family and my community.

Day 15: Restoration: Monday, July 20, 2020
Scripture: Isaiah 40:31 NKJV
Reflection: In the midst of your trial, life can seem so daunting, but there is renewed strength,
focus, and clarity when you trust fully in the Lord.
Declaration: Today, I will trust you Lord even in the midst of my brokenness.

Day 16: Restoration: Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Scripture: Joel 2:25-26 ESV
Reflection: In moments of turmoil, do you believe God can restore? If so, what do you need God
to restore? Who do you need God to restore?
Declaration: Today, I will believe the report of the Lord. I speak and expect restoration over
myself and others feeling defeated, experiencing grave loss, and being crushed by injustice. We
will not be put to shame! The Lord will help us, and we will be restored!

Day 17: Revival: Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Scripture: Psalm 22:27
Reflection: What does revival mean to you? What does it look like in your life? What does it
look like for America to turn back to God?
Declaration: I declare the spirit of revival is alive in my heart and in the people of this nation.
The Holy Spirit of God dwells in us. We will allow God to do reviving work in us in order for us
to do reviving work in the world.

Day 18: Revival: Thursday, July 23, 2020
Scripture: Psalm 85:6 NKJV
Reflection: What kind of revival do you need from God? What specific things do you hope for
God to revitalize in yourself? In your family? Finances? Ministry? Community?
Declaration: I declare that I will be revived in You, families will be renewed by You, finances
will flourish by You, ministries will be awaken with You, and communities will recover because
of You.

Day 19: Revival: Friday, July 24, 2020
Scripture: Zechariah 4:6
Reflection: What do you feel you need in order to create change? The Spirit aids and empowers
us to be effective change in the world. What is God equipping you to change?
Declaration: Today, I declare I am a change agent for good. I have everything I need in order to
bring life-giving transformation to my family and community. Because I am full of God’s
transformative Spirit, I will do greater works and fulfill my God-given purpose and destiny.

Day 20: Revival: Saturday, July 25, 2020
Scripture: Ezekiel 37:1- 4 NIV
Reflection: Do you feel like you are facing a hopeless situation? Do you believe something great
can come out of it? What actions are you taking to show your belief?
Declaration: Today, I will the declare the dry bones of justice, unity, and love to live! There is
nothing too hard for God and with Him all things are possible. I will have hope and not despair,
express faith and not fear, and believe that abundant life can flourish even in the midst of
difficult conditions. 

Day 21: Revival: Sunday, July 26, 2020
Scripture: Habakkuk 3:2 NIV
Reflection: In what ways has God delivered His people before in Scripture? What liberating
actions do you desire God to do for us in our present day?
Declaration: Today, I declare physical, emotional, and spiritual liberation over this nation. I
know that if you did it before for the children of Israel, the Jews in Esther, and the Hebrew boys
in the lion’s den, I am confident you can do it for us. We will see a victory!



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