21 Day Fast for Spiritual Alignment | Get Closer to God
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.”
~ John 15:4 (NKJV)
This guided fast is the fruit of Pastor Jide Lawore of Agape House of Worship (AHOW Church) based in Roselle, New Jersey, U.S.A. The full PDF of the fast can be found here.
Starting 2021 with this fast was like embarking on a new beginning with God. I felt stagnant in my spiritual growth and development over the past few years. I’ve had moments of profound revelation, I’ve suffered through trials that have matured me, refined my character, and increased my patience and understanding, but I still lacked discipline and power and I was growing less and less sure of my purpose. I could not shake the feeling that I was wasting time.
I had been working on this website for months and it looked pitiful, not a single helpful post was completed and I felt like I couldn’t fully visualize the ideal outcome let alone know how to progress.
Within ONE week of this fast I was able to publish this blog.
Not only did the fast allow me to draw near to God, it fed a yearning in me for security, purpose, and guidance. What I did find though, is that it did not take long for me to feel hungry again! I missed him so much that I came up with a plan to stay close.
God cherishes intimacy with you. When you set the world aside to take time just to be with him, talk to him, and love on him, he will shower you with appreciation in the form of wisdom, answers, healing, assurance, ideas, forgiveness and love in the ways that you need it.
Below is an outline of the fast including the reading passage and key scripture provided for each day. I highly recommend downloading and printing out the detailed guide PDF.
Days 1-3: The Journey to Spiritual Alignment
Day 1 Passage: Joshua 24:1-15
Joshua 24:15- “…then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
Day 2 Passage: Romans 12:1-21
Romans 12:2- “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Day 3 Passage: Genesis 3:1-19
Genesis 3:1- “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”
Days 4-6: Aligning Your Prayer with God
Day 4 Passage: Romans 8:18-30
Romans 8:26 “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans”
Day 5 Passage: James 4:1-17
James 4:2-3 – “You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”
Day 6 Passage: 1 Corinthians 14:1-15
Corinthians 14:14-15 – “For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. 15 So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding”
Days 7-9: Aligning Your Heart with God
Day 7 Passage: Mark 7:1-23
Mark 7:6-7 – “He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written:” ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. 7 They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules”
Day 8 Passage: Proverbs 4:10-27
Proverbs 4:20-22 “My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings.21 Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; 22 For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh.”
Day 9 Passage: Hebrews 11:1-12
Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
Days 10-12: Aligning our Priorities
Day 10 Passage: Matthew 6:25-35
Matthew 6:32-33 “For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Day 11 Passage: 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
Corinthians 5:18-19 “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”
Day 12 Passage: Psalm 84:1-12
John 2:17 “His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
Days 13-14: Aligning Your Relationships
Day 13 Passage: Luke 2:41-52
Luke 2:52 “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.”
Day 14 Passage: 1 Timothy 5:1-21
1 Timothy 5:1-2 – “Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, 2 older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.”
Days 15-16: Aligning Your Resources
Day 15 Passage: 1 Timothy 6:11-22
1 Timothy 6:17 – “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.”
Day 16 Passage: Luke 16:1-13
Luke 16:10-11 – “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?”
Days 17-18: Aligning of Your Function
Day 17 Passage: Genesis 2:7-17
1 Thessalonians 5:23 – May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Day 18 Passage: Jeremiah 29:4-14
Jeremiah 29:12-13 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
Days 19-20: Aligning with His Purpose
Day 19 Passage: Jeremiah 1:1-19
Jeremiah 1:4-5 “The word of the Lord came to me, saying, 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
Day 20 Passage: Romans 8:26-38
Romans 8:29-30 “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
Day 21: Stay Aligned
Day 21 Passage: John 15:1-17
Matthew 7:25 – “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. 6 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.”