Session 12

The kind of fast God wants

From 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting Guide


Isaiah 58

Call to Prayer

In Isaiah 58, God calls His people to a higher standard. He tells them their fasting and prayer has to be more than religious activity. It has to be rooted in transformation and a lifestyle that aligns with His heart. 

Today, may you experience the kind of fasting and prayer that God chooses — the kind that removes the chains of injustice, breaks oppression, and sets people free (Isaiah 58:6). 

May you be satisfied and strengthened as you fast and pray. May you hear God inviting you into a life that puts others first. From morning to evening, may you be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.

Today’s Scripture 

Isaiah 58 

Ways to Pray

  • Ask the Holy Spirit to breathe life into your spiritual practices.
  • Ask God to open your eyes to the injustices and needs around you.
  • Spend time asking God to show you where He has more freedom for you to experience.

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Devotionals From This Study

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Session 1

First, we grieve

Future generations will hear of 2020 and be amazed. Through this time of strife and disease, God is calling His people back to Him in ful...

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Session 2

Do you hear that?

The alarm is sounding. It’s time to wake up! The Day of the LORD is coming. The LORD says, “Return to me with all your heart.” 

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Session 3

What makes you weep?

The prophet Jeremiah wept over his sin and the sin of God’s people. As we read, pray, and fast today, let’s see the seriousness of our si...

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Session 4

God doesn’t enjoy seeing you suffer

When the future looks bleak, the days feel long, and injustice is everywhere, we find hope in knowing that God’s love and compassion neve...

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Session 5

Desperation won’t drive God away

Psalm 42 reminds us that our desperation doesn’t drive God away. We can ask Him the hard questions like, “When?” and “Why?” 

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Session 6

What’s the wise thing to do?

Job 28 reminds us that while we may want to do what’s wise, only God knows the way to true wisdom. 

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Session 7

Where’s the love?

Have we abandoned the love we had at first? As you read, fast, and pray today, remember the love you had for Christ when you first believed.

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Session 8

We are children of light

In God’s family, we do things differently than the rest of the world. We imitate Jesus, loving others as He loved us.

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Session 9

The one thing that really matters

Just because news and social media have the loudest voices doesn’t mean they are the most trusted voices.

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Session 10

Prepare for a battle

Ephesians 6:10-24 reminds us that while we are in a battle, our enemy isn’t made of flesh and bone.

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Session 11

What’s driving your sacrifice?

Has your personal time with God become boring or routine? Isaiah 1:11-20 reminds us that God isn’t interested in our religiosity. 

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Session 12

The kind of fast God wants

In Isaiah 58, God tells His people that fasting and prayer have to be more than religious activity. 

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Session 13

Rescue is what God does best

Sin disconnects us from God, making us blind and vulnerable. But while sin gripped us tightly in its coils, God stepped in to rescue us.

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Session 14

We can be fearless

Jesus sees and understands every detail of our lives. Whatever life throws at us, we take hope knowing Jesus preserves our lives forever.

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Session 15

How to be blessed

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus reframes what it means to be truly blessed.

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Session 16

How to live in God’s kingdom

Life in the kingdom is only truly possible with a yielded heart, a renewed mind, and God’s grace. 

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Session 17

Where to find peace in a storm

In Mark 5, Jesus performed some of His greatest miracles — but not before He and His disciples encountered a violent storm crossing a lak...

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Session 18

Now’s the time to get ready

King Jesus is coming back, and our mission, much like John the Baptist’s, is to prepare the way for His return. 

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Session 19

Resist through the Word

The sustaining power and steadfast ways of Jesus through the Holy Spirit are possible for us.

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Session 20

Stand in the gap

Jesus stood in the gap for us! May we now stand in the gap for our friends, family, and community through prayer. 

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Session 21

A call to remain faithful

We are not destined to fall into the world’s traps. 

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Session 22

This is how we fight our battles

Peter instructs everyone to live rooted in humility — something we all need. 

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Session 23

He will be our Shepherd

There is only one perfect Sheperd: Jesus the Messiah. Let Him surround you with His protection, provision, and peace. 

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Session 24

What does God want?

What pleases God is not our religious routine, outrageous offerings, or even extreme self-denial.

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