21 Day Fast Devotional
January 9 – January 29
Day 1 – Return to Me – “Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Joel 2:12, NIV
Bible Reading Plan: Psalms 1–2
Prayer Focus: As we begin this time of prayer and fasting, let’s turn our hearts toward God. Make a commitment to seek Him daily. Pray that your love for Christ will be increased and your passion for Him will be reignited over the next twenty-one days.
Day 2 -Tune In – “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” – John 10:27
Bible Reading Plan: Luke 1
Prayer Focus: In this time of fasting, what is your mind tuned to? What distractions do you need to remove so that you can focus on God? Prepare your heart to hear the voice of God, and ask Him to help you remove distractions that keep you from focusing on Him and hearing His voice clearly.
Day 3 -Fasting Removes Unbelief – “Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” – Matthew 17:18 –21
Bible Reading Plan: Luke 2
Prayer Focus: What do you need faith to believe for? Align yourself with God’s Word and will during this fast. Release your unbelief. Pray with confidence, knowing “nothing will be impossible” for you.
Day 4 – Agreement with the Will of God – “Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?” -Amos 3:3
Bible Reading Plan: Luke 3
Prayer Focus: Pray today that you can walk in agreement with God and enjoy the life He desires you to have in Christ.
Day 5 – When grace comes down – “For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” -John 1:17
Bible Reading Plan: Luke 4
Prayer Focus: Have you been looking at God through the veil of legalism and religion? In Jesus, we see the full revelation of the nature of God: His love and holiness, mercy and justice, compassion and power all perfectly and beautifully expressed. Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you see God through the eyes of grace and truth given to us in Jesus Christ.
Day 6 -The Spirit Is Willing – “And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.” -Romans 7:18 –20, nlt
Bible Reading Plan: Proverbs 1
Prayer Focus: Are there areas in your life causing an internal struggle? Make a decision today to yield to the Holy Spirit and lean on His strength, not your own, to overcome obstacles of sin and selfishness in your life. Surrender and release those areas to God, knowing He will help you.
Day 7 – Fervent Prayer – “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” -James 5:16
Bible Reading Plan: Psalms 3-5
Prayer Focus: As you close out this first week, continue to pray fervently for the main areas of concern in your life. Trust God to bring an answer as you journal your thoughts and inspirations through this time.
Day 8 -Hear Him -“This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy. Listen to him.”… And when they looked up, Moses and Elijah were gone, and they saw only Jesus. —Matthew 17:5, 8, nlt
Bible Reading Plan: Luke 5
Prayer Focus: How does understanding the New Covenant of grace change the focus of your fast? As you pray and seek after God, let His be the loudest voice you hear.
Day 9 -Clean House -“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” -Romans 8:5– 6
Bible Reading Plan: Luke 6
Prayer Focus: As you pray and seek after God, let His be the loudest voice you hear. As you pray and fast today, ask God to show you any areas where you could use a refreshed spiritual focus. Pray as David did in Psalm 51:10–12 that God will cleanse your heart, renew your spirit, and restore the joy of your salvation. Pray with confidence, knowing that He wants to fill you with His life and peace.
Day 10 -Unwavering Faith -“But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.”
-James 1:6, kjv
Bible Reading Plan: Luke 7
Prayer Focus: What are you trusting God for in this season? How can you line up your expectations with the Word of God when you pray? Find promises in His Word that answer your need and write them down today.
Day 11 -Prayer and the Process -“Seven times Elijah told him to go and look. Finally the seventh time, his servant told him, “I saw a little cloud about the size of a man’s hand rising from the sea.” Then Elijah shouted, “Hurry to Ahab and tell him, ‘Climb into your chariot and go back home. If you don’t hurry, the rain will stop you!” -1 Kings 18:43 –44, nlt
Bible Reading Plan: Luke 8
Prayer Focus: What prayers of yours are still awaiting an answer? Throughout this fast, thank God for His process at work in you…and trust Him.
Day 12 -Praying Bodly -“And it came to pass, at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near and said, “Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in Israel and I am Your servant.” —1 Kings 18:36
Bible Reading Plan: Luke 9
Prayer Focus: Do you approach God with timidity or confidence? Seek God boldly today knowing you are fully forgiven and Jesus has made you righteous. When you approach God in prayer, seek a fresh revelation of who He is in your life.
Day 13-Cultivating Spiritual Hunger -“Immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness. And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him.”
-Mark 1:12 –13
Bible Reading Plan: Psalms 6–7
Prayer Focus: During this time, you will find that being still before the Lord will set you in a place of increased strength, peace, and hunger for God. Are you disconnected from things that nourish your body and soul? What do you need to deny yourself to make this a powerful time in your life?
Day 14 -Alignment with Heaven -“Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” -Matthew 6:10, kjv
Bible Reading Plan: Luke 10
Prayer Focus: What does God’s will “on earth as it is in heaven” look like in your life? Do the desires of your heart line up with the will of God? As we seek God together, let’s pray as Jesus taught us, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done.”
Day 15 – The Spoken Word- “When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” -John 11:43, niv
Bible Reading Plan: Luke 11
Prayer Focus: As God continues to fill you through this season of prayer and fasting, He wants to take what is now in your heart and share it with others. How can you use the power of your spoken words to speak God’s truth in the lives of others?
Day 16 – Taking Off the Grave Clothes – “Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” —John 11:44, niv
Bible Reading Plan: Luke 12
Prayer Focus: Who in your world is still walking around in grave clothes? Think about friends and family or those you know who may not know God. What part has God called you to play in the life change He wants to bring them?
Day 17 – Humility – “And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him.”
Bible Reading Plan: Proverbs 2
Prayer Focus: Prayer is a posture of humility. Humble yourself before the Lord each day and bring your cares to Him. He wants to meet you where you are and answer your every need. Pray, too, that God will help you with the disappointment and discouragement that we all face along the way. Is there discouragement in your heart today? Write it down and release it to our perfect God.
Day 18 – Pray Instead – “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” -Philippians 4:6 – 7, msg
Bible Reading Plan: Luke 13
Prayer Focus: What consistently causes you to worry? Today, recapture each worried thought and send it to God as a prayer. See how dramatically your outlook improves when the peace of God is activated through prayer!
Day 19 – Walking in the Power of the Holy Spirit – “Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region.” -Luke 4:14
Bible Reading Plan: Luke 14
Prayer Focus: Today as you worship God in prayer, let Him know that you refuse to go into the future without His power and that you want all the spiritual resources He has for you.
Day 20 – A New Wineskin – “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the new wine would burst the wineskins, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine must be stored in new wineskins.” -Luke 5:37–38, nlt
Bible Reading Plan: Luke 14 Psalms 8-9
Prayer Focus: What has caused you to shrink back in your expectation of what God wants to do in your life? Are you ready to be expanded beyond recognition? That’s what God’s new wine will do in and through you. Pray that the Lord will expand your life to glorify Him, giving you boldness to step out and be used by Him.
Day 21 – What’s Your Assignment?- “Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.… Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. He taught in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.” -Luke 4:1–2, 14–15, niv
Bible Reading Plan: Luke 15
Prayer Focus: Are there areas of your life that need more clarity? Are you walking in the power of the Spirit and living in God’s purpose for your life? Write down those things God is speaking to you. As you conclude your fast, pray that God continually reveals His purpose and gives you ever-increasing clarity and strength to walk it out.