NIKAO Church Consecration 2019

January 7th - January 27th

Prayer and Fasting Guide
TEAM 21: Consecration 2019


We truly expect that this time of consecration will be a powerful tool that draws you closer to God and helps you experience Him in a way like never before.  We are believing for 2019 to be your year!  We are praying that God would move mightily in every prayer, question, and cry to Him on behalf of our world, nation, state, city, church and you as we agree together in fasting and prayer. 

Here are some important dates to remember:

  • TEAM21 Fast Dates - January 7th - 27th

  • TEAM21 Morning Prayer – January 12, 19 & 26 | 9:00 am at Vance High School

    • Join us in the auditorium for an hour of prayer and worship

  • Baptism – Sunday, January 27 | immediately following 12:30pm service

    • Our first baptism of 2019 will take place immediately following our 12:30pm service on Sunday, January 27, 2019. If you desire to be baptized, please sign up here.

  • Read - Read a daily devotional with us and follow along as we read the bible this year! Get started today with daily devotionals & scripture readings.

Thank you for joining with us as we fast and pray!

Welcome to the TEAM!

WHAT is TEAM 21?

TEAM 21 is a group of individuals who have decided to follow the leading of the Lord for NIKAO Church to enter into a season of consecration through fasting and prayer. Consecration is the act of formally dedicating yourself or something to God as sacred. We will be doing this through a time of fasting and prayer.

To fast means to deny oneself something of significance for a spiritual purpose.  While the thought of fasting has many different connotations, fasting is a Biblical practice that has numerous benefits and is a powerful tool that helps unlock the power of God in our lives as we deliberately set time to seek God and honor Him with our lives. There are different ways and methods of fasting, but regardless of what you do, we want you to be on the TEAM and fast with us as we consecrate as a church family.

WHEN?

January 7th  –  January 27th (21 Days)

The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to fast, as fasting is a great way to hit the reset button in our lives spiritually, physically, and mentally.  The beginning of the New Year is a time when many people are already contemplating the state of their lives and attempting to make positive changes for the upcoming year.  Additionally, by fasting at the beginning of the year we are making a spiritual statement that we are dedicating not only ourselves but also this year and it’s potential to God as well.  We are making a bold statement that this year we will put God and His Kingdom first in our lives.

Additionally, we are fasting for a total of 21 Days, which is significant as 21 days is the time most studies show it takes to form a new habit.  Therefore, we are believing for old, unproductive habits and patterns of behavior to be broken, as we establish new, healthy, and productive habits in our lives spiritually and physically.

WHY?

There are several reasons to fast, as well as several benefits that come from fasting. The Bible clearly states Jesus fasted, His disciples fasted, and Jesus even said we today should fast (Matthew 9:15). As we are obedient to that call of fasting, we quiet our flesh and begin to hear God’s voice through the Holy Spirit more clearly, enabling us to receive instructions, answers and miracles like never before. We are also strengthened in our spiritual discipline, which proves to our flesh that our spirit rules our flesh, helping us resist temptation and the pull of our flesh towards sin. 

Furthermore, God in His infinite wisdom, designed our bodies in a way that fasting for spiritual reasons even as huge health benefits for our bodies and mind as it cleanses itself from toxins, restores and regulates our bodies internal systems.

WHO?

We are encouraging all the members, active attendees, and those affiliated with NIKAO Church to join TEAM 21 and answer the call of God through Pastor Brian to consecrate ourselves this year collectively as a church.  There is a power in unity and agreement. As we fast together as a church, we believe we will see God move in our nation, state, city, families and individual situations.

HOW?

We are asking that every TEAM 21 member participate in the following ways:

1)    FAST
a.  Give up something(s) as led by the Holy Spirit for the 21 days

2)    PRAY
a.  2 times per 1 day
b. Attend "Pray First" Saturday Morning Prayer at least twice (at 9 am)
TEAM21 Morning Prayer – January 12, 19 & 26 | 9:00 am at Vance High School

3)    READ
a. Daily TEAM 21 Bible reading plan and continue to read the bible with us throughout the year

4)    INVITE
a. Every TEAM 21 member should invite 2 people to NIKAO in January

b. Our first baptism of 2019 will take place immediately following our 12:30pm service on Sunday, January 27, 2019. If you desire to be baptized, please sign up here.

c. Also, join us as we break the fast together at our TEAM21 Celebration immediately following our third service on January 27, 2019

FASTING

The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out! It also enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God, and prepares our hearts for all of the good things God desires to bring into our lives. Remember, your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your own body, know your options and most importantly, seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.

As you prepare to fast, it is important to choose a fasting plan that works for you. While this section provides some general information about different types of fasts, as well as some suggestions on how to create your own fasting plan, it is important to mention that there is nothing more inherently spiritual about one type of fast as opposed to another. These are simply guidelines and suggestions on different things you can do.

Fasting can include food, social media and entertainment, among other things. It should be something you are accustomed to so that it stretches you to give it up. Giving it up for a period of time enables one to focus on God. For example, when those hunger pains happen, turn to prayer. When you usually watch your television shows, open your Bible to read and pray instead. When your children would typically play video games or be on an electronic device, have a family devotional or play board games together. Fast from social media or watching sports so you can focus on God.

Don’t let what you eat or do not eat become the focus of your fast. Our focus should be on drawing closer to God. Remember, this is a time to disconnect enough from your regular patterns and habits in order to connect more closely to God.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind before getting started.

1. Start

We are all at different places in our walk with God. Likewise our jobs, daily schedules and health conditions are all different and place various levels of demand on our energy. So most importantly, whether you’ve fasted before or this is your first time, start where you are. Your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it’s very important to know your own body, know your options and, most importantly, seek God in prayer and follow what that Holy Spirit leads you to do. Remember, the goal of fasting is not just to do without food or Facebook. The goal is to draw nearer to God.

2. Commitment

Pray about the kind of fast you should undertake. Jesus encouraged us to fast (Matthew 6:16-18). For Him it was a matter of when believers fast, not if they would do it. Before you fast, we encourage you to decide up front the type of fast God wants you to undertake and how much time each day you will devote to prayer and reading God’s Word. Making these commitments ahead of time will help sustain your fast when physical temptations and life’s pressures tempt you to abandon it.

It is important to fast in a way that works for you. The goal is that you choose a fast that will be challenging for you but will work within your life. You should choose a plan that will cause you to rely on God and will create space in your life for Him to work

*Do it safely

As you begin your fast, you may hear from concerned loved ones and friends who urge you to protect your health. And they are right. You should protect your health. But we want to encourage you that if done properly, fasting will not only prove to be a spiritual blessing, but a physical blessing as well.

You may, however, have a physical problem that would make fasting unwise or dangerous. This could include tumors, cancer, blood diseases, diabetes or heart disease. If that is the case, include your doctor in your decision on how to fast. Also, if you are using any type of medication, you may want to talk with your doctor before changing your regimen.

*Nursing or Pregnant

Strict fasting while nursing or pregnant is not recommended. If you are in this season of life, here are some great options for you to consider – with the approval of your physician:

  • Modified Daniel fast including whole grains, legumes, whey protein, calcium and iron supplements

  • Fasting from sweets and desserts

  • Fasting from red meat

  • Fasting from non-food activities like television, Facebook/Twitter, movies, etc.

*Fasting and Eating Disorders

If you have struggled with an eating disorder, this situation is a battle that you can win through Christ (Philippians 4:13). Remember, fasting is a tool used to get closer to God, and it actually should keep us from being preoccupied with food. If your method of fasting is going to cause you to obsess about what you eat in any way, you will either need to change your approach or your mindset.

If giving up food is a stumbling block to you, then consider fasting from TV, Social Media, reading (other than the Bible), or shopping. There are many distractions and ways that we use to stay in control that we could eliminate from our daily routine.

If you can identify such other things, maybe you can give those up instead of food.

Remember that you are covered by God’s grace. God will show you what to do and give you His peace.

3. Begin and End

Depending on the type of fast you choose, it may be important to prepare your body ahead of time before beginning the fast. Take a week or so to transition into your fast; otherwise it may be difficult on your body. For example, if you would like to go on a fruits and vegetables or juice fast, start eliminating meat, white grains, and refined sugars from your diet the week before. Also you may want to start to cut back on dairy products and some of your caffeine intake.

The same principle applies to breaking your fast. When your fast is over, add foods back in very gradually. You won’t want to break your fast with a greasy cheeseburger!

Here are several things you can do to prepare your heart:

  • Remember that God is your Father, He loves you and is for you.

  • Confess every sin that the Holy Spirit calls to your remembrance and accept God’s forgiveness (1 John 1:9).

  • Seek forgiveness from people whom you have offended, and forgive those who have hurt you (Mark 11:25; Luke 11:4; 17:3,4).

  • Surrender your life fully to Jesus Christ as your Lord; refuse to obey your worldly nature (Romans 12:1,2).

  • Ask God to fill you with His Holy Spirit according to his command in Ephesians 5:18 and His promise in 1 John 5:14,15.

  • Begin your time of fasting and prayer with an expectant heart (Hebrews 11:6).

  • Do not underestimate spiritual opposition. Satan sometimes intensifies the natural battle between body and spirit (Galatians 5:16,17).

Fasting Tips:

  • Keep your fridge and pantry stocked with the items you need. Being unprepared to fast sets you up to give in to temptation.

  • Make it a priority to attend church and as many of the Saturday Morning Prayer times as you can during your 21-day fast. Being around other believers will encourage you to keep on going when fasting gets difficult.

  • Make sure you replace the thing you removed through fasting with spiritual activities. Read your Bible, listen to messages online, pray, spend time with family, etc.

  • If you are fasting with others, you may want to meet together in a small-group setting. You can share what God is showing you in your devotional time as well as spend time in prayer together.

  • If you mess up, don’t get discouraged. Just get right back on track and keep going. God’s mercies “are new every morning” (Lamentations 3:22-23). He wants you to finish, and He will give you the grace and strength to do it.

Types of Fasts

There are several types of fasts. How you choose to fast is between you and the Lord! Remember, that although it should be difficult, it is not about what you do, but that fact that you do something!

  • Total Fast (“Complete/Absolute”)

This fast calls for drinking only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.

  • Partial Fast

This fast is sometimes called the Jewish Fast and involves abstaining from eating any types of food in the morning and afternoon. This can either correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, from sunup to sundown.

Some Partial Fast Options include:

  • Sunup to sundown

  • One meal a day

  • Less than three meals per day

  • Eating but only drinking water

  • Selective Fast

This type of fast involves removing certain elements from a diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, bread, caffeine, juice and other unhealthy items from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.

Things to fast from:

Sweets, bread, red meat, fried foods, refined sugars, juice, coffee, nicotine, cigarettes, alcohol, drugs

  • Media Fast

This fast is common for those who do not have much experience fasting foods, who have health issues that prevent the fasting of food, or who wish to refocus certain areas of their life that are out of balance. For instance, someone might select to abstain from using social media, watching television, listening to certain music, or texting for the duration of the fast—and then choosing how to carefully bring that element back into their life in an orderly fashion.

***A media fast is a great option for teenagers and students to participate in.

  • Other Fast

While unconventional, you may want to consider, a fast from other negative things or forces in your life.  In addition to the above traditional methods, this can be very challenging but give you the clarity to remove harmful things in your life and the power to break any soul ties to people and things that may have you bound.  This could include fasting from a certain person or group of people by limiting or having no contact, a particular sinful thing you are doing, a bad habit, or bad attitude.  Be sure to reinforce this type of fast with positive, Godly replacements such as church participation, covenant relationships, prayer, Bible reading, and other activities.


              
Scripture References...

FASTING

Matthew 6:16-18

Matthew 9:14-15

Luke 18:9-14

Joel 2:12

PRAYER AND READING THE WORD

1 Samuel 1:6-8, 17-18

Nehemiah 1:4

Daniel 9:3, 20

Jonah 3:5-10

Acts 27:33-37

Nehemiah 9:1-3

Luke 2:37

Acts 10:30

Acts 13:2

Isaiah 58

CORPORATE PRAYER

1 Samuel 7:5-6

Ezra 8:21-23

Joel 2:15-16

 


Other Resources (Recommended)

Health Tips for Fasting

Water Intake

While fasting, it is imperative to drink plenty of water.  Typically, it is recommended that you drink half your body weight in ounces of water per day on a typical day.  For example, a 160-pound person should drink 80 ounces of water.  However, when total fasting, it is highly recommended that you increase your water intake to around 100 ounces per day at minimum. This will also aid in your body’s detoxification process.

For those Total Fasting, use distilled water for the first 3-4 days as this will help shut down your digestive system quicker.

While fasting, your digestive system will begin to cleanse itself of the many toxins in your body and you will have much more frequent bowel movements.  This is normal and to be expected.

The toxins in your body will also be released through your breath. Carry a toothbrush and toothpaste or small mints.  Chewing gum is not recommended if total fasting, as it will stimulate your digestive system.

Avoid food smells during the first few days of total fasting, as it will intensify the hunger pains.

 Sample Menu 1: Fruits, Vegetables, Juices, and Water

  • Breakfast: Fruit smoothie with whey protein

  • Mid-morning Snack: Fresh fruit or fresh vegetables

  • Lunch: Raw vegetable salad with light, organic dressing and vegetable broth soup

  • Mid-afternoon Snack: Fresh fruit or fresh vegetables

  • Dinner: Fresh salad with light, organic dressing and steamed or grilled vegetables

  • Water: Drink plenty of water—at least 100 ounces—throughout the day to assist with the detoxifying process.

Sample Menu 2: Liquids Only

  • Breakfast: Fruit smoothie with whey protein

  • Mid-morning Snack: Herbal tea or vegetable soup

Sample Menu 3: Modified Daniel Fast

  • Breakfast: 1–2 servings whole grains with fresh fruit juice

  • Mid-morning Snack: Fresh fruit or fresh chopped vegetables

  • Lunch: 1–2 servings whole grains; fresh salad with legumes and light, organic dressing

  • Mid-afternoon Snack: Fresh fruit juice or fruit smoothie with whey protein

  • Dinner: 1–2 whole grains; fresh salad with legumes and light, organic dressing

  • Water: Drink plenty of water—at least 100 ounces—throughout the day to assist with the detoxifying process.

Exercise:

If eating during a fast, exercise is a great addition to your regimen.  Exercise has great health benefits and will also help establish positive habits for the New Year. We will be sending out daily at-home workouts from a personal trainer with options for beginners, intermediate, and advanced fitness levels.

As always, consult a physician before beginning any exercise program. Additionally, if you are total fasting or only eating a very limited diet, exercise should NOT be performed.

**MEDICAL DISCLAIMER: If you are pregnant or a nursing mother, have a current or pre-existing medical or mental condition, or work a strenuous physically demanding job, you should NOT do a strict fast or perform strenuous exercise.  All participants, especially those listed above should fast under recommendation or supervision of a doctor.  If you experience any physical or mental complications you should immediately seek a doctors attention.

NIKAO Church assumes no liability for participants of TEAM21 and by committing to join TEAM21, you agree that NIKAO Church and it’s representatives are not responsible for any health issues or complications that may arise as a result of your participation.  Participant also acknowledges that it has been clearly stated medical supervision is advised before beginning a fast and for its duration.

PRAYER

During the 21 Days of consecration, we are setting aside a season of prayer to seek God and believe Him for miracles in our lives. We would love for you to also join us as we gather together to pray for the needs of our city, nation, families, and homes.

During this season of prayer, we seek the Lord in these areas:

  • Believing God for answered prayer to our specific needs.

  • Declaring our dependence on God in every area of our lives.

  • Asking for forgiveness for our sins and the sins of our land.

  • Praying for the completion of the Great Commission.

  • Inviting the Presence of God in NIKAO church and our lives.

  • Crying out to God for revival in our generation.

SCRIPTURE READING

While fasting is an integral part of hearing from God and experiencing the full benefits of a fast, it is imperative to read and study the Bible.  The Bible is God’s Word to His people and through the scriptures, the Holy Spirit will speak to you individually about where you are and even what lies ahead of you. 

Below is a method to help you R.E.A.D the Bible:

1)    R-Read Regularly with a Plan

a.  Set a time and place to read daily

b.  Pick a plan that works for you: (some samples)

i.   Gospels-John, Matthew, Mark, Luke

ii.  Psalms & Proverbs (by reading one Proverb in the morning and five Psalms at night you will read both books in roughly 30 days)

iii.  Topical (pick a topic you are dealing with and read scriptures surrounding that topic)

iv.  Bible in a Year with Nikao

2)    E-Expect God to speak to You

a. Remember when we approach God we must approach Him in faith!

3)    A-Ask

a. Ask God to speak to you in prayer (talk with God).

i. Pray the following prayer “Lord, open my eyes that I may see truth in your word (Psalm 119:18). Speak Lord, your servant is listening (1 Samuel 3:9-10)

b. Ask the following questions.

i.   What does this passage mean?

ii.  How does this apply to the world around me?

iii. How does this apply to me?

4)    D-Do

a.  What Can I do today to implement what I just read?

i. Do what the Word Says!

*Note: If you do not have a Bible, visit our app (apple and android) for access to our “One Year Bible” plan or download the “You Version” Bible App on your phone.

INVITING (EVANGELISM)

While we are pressing closer towards God during this time of consecration, it is fitting that we help others draw closer to Him as well.  Evangelism, the act of spreading the Gospel, is the purpose of Christ and His instruction to us in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).

One of the easiest ways to do that is by inviting someone to church.

Sadly, statistics show that “eighty-two percent of the unchurched are at least somewhat likely to attend church if invited” and that, "only two percent of church members invite an unchurched person to church. Ninety-eighty percent of church-goers never extend an invitation in a given year." (Dr. Thom Rainer, The Unchurched Next Door)

Partnering with NIKAO to help people know God and live out His heart is something we are asking every TEAM21 member to do by inviting at least 2 people to church during the month of January. Grab an invite card from our lobby or utilize our social media to help someone visit Nikao and find God.

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