Prayer & Fasting

17 - 23 March 2024

Our 2024 theme is 'Fixing Our Eyes.' “We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honour beside God’s throne.”

hebrews 12:2

Pray and fast as you feel led. You may choose to go without something, such as a favourite food or activity.

Ask God what He would like you to do.

Day One — Sunday 17th March



Therefore since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.

Hebrews 12:1


In the Bible, if a verse begins with ‘therefore’, we need to look back and see what came before it. Hebrews 11 gives a record of Old Testament saints who looked forward to Jesus’ coming in faith, and why in faith the Israelites obeyed God’s instructions. Hebrews 12 picks up the faith theme again, encouraging us to strip off our sin and run with endurance the race God has for us in 2024.

Now is a time to come to our personal altar and confess our sin openly and honestly to God, just as Isaiah did (Isaiah 6). Following that, in 2024 we will need endurance to continue to run the race God has planned for us. The writer of Hebrews knows that the only way we will be able to do this is by keeping our eyes on Jesus.


Lord, today I want to throw off the things in my life that are not allowing me to run a life of endurance in the race you have planned for me in 2024.

Use your list: give over those things that are holding you back and confess them to Jesus. Receive Jesus’ forgiveness now and allow the Holy Spirit to move with a burning coal over your lips and life so that like Isaiah, God will use you mightily in 2024.


Make a list of things you need to throw off — sin that is weighing you down and not allowing you to run with endurance in faith.

Further Reflection

Day Two — Monday 18th March



We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honour beside God’s throne.

Hebrews 12:2


This year, how will we run with endurance the faith race God has planned for us? Hebrews 12:2 tells us this is possible only by keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus. He is the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. We can do this by receiving His sacrificial death on the cross for our sin, reading His word faithfully, obeying the Holy Spirit’s prompting, and keeping short accounts of our sin before Him.

Jesus endured on earth for 30 years separated from His Heavenly Father. He initiated the fulfilment of Scripture, offered the only acceptable sacrifice to God, obeyed God no matter the cost to Himself, and loved all mankind.


Confess where you have been slack in responding to God’s call, disobedient regarding the care of others, and not regularly reading God’s word. God is asking you today to confess, endure and obey. Keep your eyes on Jesus and what He did as an example for us.


With your eyes on Jesus, what is God asking you to do in 2024? It may be something you have never done before in mission, a long-term caring action for a loved one, faithfully reading Scripture on a daily basis, or giving up a sin which has held you in bondage. Today, choose to act in obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit in your life and heart.

Day Three — Tuesday 19th March

Gazing and Focused on Jesus – Part 1


The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

When the wicked advance against me
to devour me,
it is my enemies and my foes
who will stumble and fall.

Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then I will be confident.

One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.

For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
and set me high upon a rock.

Then my head will be exalted
above the enemies who surround me;
at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make music to the Lord.

Hear my voice when I call, Lord;
be merciful to me and answer me.

My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
Your face, Lord, I will seek.

Do not hide your face from me,
do not turn your servant away in anger;
you have been my helper.
Do not reject me or forsake me,
God my Saviour.

Though my father and mother forsake me,
the Lord will receive me.

Teach me your way, Lord;
lead me in a straight path
because of my oppressors.

Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
for false witnesses rise up against me,
spouting malicious accusations.

I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.

Psalm 27:1-13


When introducing our theme for the year, Pastor Dale encouraged us to not only to look at Jesus but to ‘gaze’ upon Him. In Psalm 27:4, the psalmist wants to remain in God’s presence and gaze upon Him. A gaze is not a glance, but what we would perhaps call a concentrated stare. David wanted to be continually in God’s presence, to know Him personally as a protector, friend, confidant, and sustainer.

In your walk with the Lord, how do you make sure you are in close relationship with Jesus as your Lord and Saviour? Are you able to spend gazing time with Him daily — reading His word, perhaps walking in a park meditating, or listening to Scripture on your phone? How will you choose to gaze on Jesus this year? It is as we spend time with Him that the Holy Spirit is able to use us to witness to those around us.


Lord, we praise and thank You for Your Word which encourages us to turn our eyes toward You, to gaze on your beauty and all you have provided for us in nature, relationships, and your word, which contains so much for us.

Father, please forgive me for all I take for granted, and for the times I forget to gaze on You, the Author and Perfector of our faith.

This year, Lord, may I faithfully choose to gaze on you continually, read your word daily, follow your instructions, and live for you. Amen.


There are many ways to find daily Bible readings, videos or spiritual songs. The YouVersion Bible App has reading plans and different Bible translations. YouTube has a wealth of hymns and scripture in songs you can listen to. You also may choose to open a hard copy of the Scriptures. Focus on one or two verses or passages and spend quality time reflecting on what God might be saying. 

Day Four — Wednesday 20th March

Gazing and Focused on Jesus - Part 2


Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18


So often, the world wants to shape us in its own mould. We read newspapers, watch the news and talk to friends, and it seems the whole world has so many problems. How do we respond? We say things like, world leaders should come to some agreement, the government should do something, I wish my family would listen to me, etc — always trying independently to solve things. Do you recall the twelve spies Moses sent into the Promised Land? Two came back with a positive report and the other ten brought negative reports. We forget that God’s timing is not ours, His ways are not our ways, His thoughts are not our thoughts, and before long, we have a bad case of anxiety. If only we would pause on the majesty of God, know His holiness and righteousness, and in faith gaze on Jesus.

2 Corinthians 3:18 exhorts us to “with unveiled faces contemplate (gaze) on the Lord’s glory, being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” It is as we contemplate the Lord’s glory, righteousness and sovereignty that we begin to become like Him.

Are you taking time to gaze on the Lord, to become more like Him in prayer, meditation and reading the word, perhaps listening to wise counsel instead of trying to solve everything yourself? Let us choose in 2024 to gaze on Jesus, who died and rose again to conquer our worries, concerns and problems. In the words of the old hymn, “turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”


Lord, thank you that you are mighty to save us. Thank you, Father, that Jesus came to take our problems, stress and worries upon Himself. That we can be free to be what you have created us to be. Forgive me for giving you my burdens and then picking them up again only to become a burden bearer instead of you.

This year, Lord, we choose to put our eyes on you, to gaze upon your beauty and majesty, and to let you carry our burdens, so that we will glorify your name and through that draw others to yourself. Amen.


What problems, anxieties or worries do you need to give to the Lord today? Having done that, will you choose to leave them with Jesus and not pick them up again and try to solve them in your own strength?

Day Five — Thursday 21st March

Jesus as the Final Authority


Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

John 14:6

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”

Matthew 28:18


As we read these verses, we cannot deny what Jesus said. Meditate on these words:

Jesus is the way
What does that mean? He is our pathway, our guide, our director, our voice.

Jesus is the truth
This means He doesn’t lie. He can be trusted, replied upon. He is true to who He is and what He has said and done.

Jesus is life
He is our breath, our source. He is the one that allows us to be here and renews our spiritual life and soul.

No one comes to the Father (God) except through Jesus
Know that ALL authority has been given to Him. What implications does this have?


Thank you, Jesus, for your life. Thank you for being the light. Thank you for being our truth and our way forward. In Jesus’ name, amen. 


Spend a good block of time writing down what the above passage means for your life, family, work place and/or ministry. 

Day Six — Friday 22nd March

Jesus as Lord and Saviour


Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.

Acts 2:36

Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”

Acts 9:17

For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.

2 Corinthians 4:5


Think about the Lordship of Jesus. ‘Lord’ has many meanings. It can mean master, ruler, to dominate over another, to own someone/something. What does ‘Jesus as Lord’ mean to you?

Ponder and reflect on that question. Discuss it with your family, friends and Life Group. 


Dear Lord, please show me what l need to hand over to you and what l need to release control over. In Jesus’ name. 


Look at your life and see if there is any part He doesn’t have. Decide to hand over areas in your life where you have wanted to retain control.

This includes:

  • Relationships – boyfriend/girlfriend, marriage, work, family member
  • Finances
  • Fear
  • Anxiety
  • Other things.

Day Seven — Saturday 23rd March

Remain Focused on Jesus


“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other.

“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’

“When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me. And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.

John 15


In this world we are surrounded by voices and noise. People are constantly running from one activity to another, often becoming exhausted. We are also faced with our own insecurities and fears. Sometimes our faith and trust in God is affected.

Think and reflect on what, if anything, is hindering your relationship with Jesus.


Dear God, as the year continues, may my attention and focus remain on Jesus in everything, the small things and the large things in my life. In Jesus’ name. 


Make a concrete decision to keep yourself focused on God. Commit to regularly seek God in your daily life and not let anything sway you. Keep yourself accountable to someone else (our a group). Make sure you are open, honest and real with others you can trust. 

Further Reflection

A Closing Prayer

Thank you so much Lord for what you have shown me in the last seven days.

I am choosing to be the person that you want me to be in 2024. I give myself to you in every area of my life and l will make you front and centre in all things.

Thank you for your love, guidance and Lordship.

In Jesus name,