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The content below is intended to provide a variety of helpful resources on difficult yet relevant subjects, in this case, prayer and fasting. We recognize that some sources may come into question for any number of reasons, and the following are not offered with a blanket endorsement of every word spoken or written. We believe God uses imperfect people every day, and the following are just as fallible as anyone — yet if they may be helpful, we want to share them with you.


Prayer and fasting are often things we think need to look or sound a certain way. That our words need to be expressed with a kind of eloquence or dignity that sounds "good" to other people. That fasting has to be done one way, and one way only.

In reality, prayer is simply a conversation with God! It's about coming to the Lord in sickness and in health, at the top of the mountain and at the bottom of the valley — a daily habit to bring us closer to the heart of Jesus. Fasting is looking towards the Lord, giving something up you know you will miss, and turning towards God in those times of longing for the very thing you're fasting from. We hope the resources below bring you a new understanding of prayer and fasting and help you grow in your relationship with God. 

Weekly Prayers


Join Timberline's Pastor Dary as he leads your heart to a posture of prayer and a focus on praying for our city. You can see the full video here on YouTube.

Timberline's Pastor Kari reflects on praying and fasting and leads us in a prayer for the church and church leadership. You can watch the full Wednesday Noon Prayer video here on YouTube.

During Wednesday Noon Prayer, Pastor Justin reminds us how much Jesus loves us and helps us posture our hearts in love for the Lord. You can watch the full video here on YouTube.

Pastor Brent Cunningham speaks on the heart posture towards prayer and how we often think it needs to look elegant eloquent. In reality, it's simply talking to God! The concern should never be about how it looks to other people. You can watch the full video here on YouTube.

Bible Verses

"And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people."

Ephesians 6:18

"Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you."

Jeremiah 29:12

"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."

Mark 11:24

Pastoral Messages

Pastoral Messages

In Mark Chapter 2, the people questioned Jesus about fasting and we still have questions about fasting today. Why would I do it? Do people still do that? Is fasting just for the super Christians? In this message, Pastor Josh McGinley discusses the importance and the power found in spiritual disciplines and how they can lead us into a deeper and more intimate relationship with Jesus. You can watch Pastor Josh's message by clicking here.

Pastor Donny Abbott teaches on the different ways your walk with God can reflect how God hardwired you to be. In this message, Pastor Brent teaches on ascetics, who want nothing more than to be left alone in prayer. You can watch Pastor Donny's message, and the rest of the"Nine Sacred Pathways" series by clicking here.



7 Days of Prayer and Fasting, by Kari Stewart

What is fasting? What can fasting look like for you? Find all you need to know about the different types of fasts and how fasting can encourage prayer. Also, join us as we kick off 2023 with 7 Days of Prayer and Fasting as a family. Read the full article right here on Timberline Church's website by clicking here.

Making Room for More of God: The Spiritual Discipline of Fasting, by Madelynn Orstead

If you've ever struggled with the concept of fasting — what it is for, what it looks like, etc. — we encourage you to read through this article by our Missions Director, Madelynn Orstead. She reflects on how she learned about fasting and the impact it can have on your spiritual life if you truly understand the purpose behind it. Read the full article in our Timberline Church Blog by clicking here.

7-Day Prayer & Fasting Devotional

To start off 2023, some of our Timberline family took part in seven days of prayer and fasting to intentionally position our hearts in a place that was ready to sense and receive God's nudge. Though the seven days are over, we wanted to provide resources that would enable you to partake in your own seven-day devotional of praying and fasting.

Click on any of the images below to download the PDF of scripture and journal prompts for each of the seven days. Use them for your own personal devotional, a family program, or a group bible study!

Downloadable Resources


Day 1: What adventure does God have for you? 


Day 2: What are some things you can celebrate because of God?


Day 3: What does your community look like and provide in your life?


Day 4: Do you see God as your "merciful Father?"


Day 5: In what areas of your health are you being invited to steward better?

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Day 6: In what ways can you grow spiritually?


Day 7: What does your approach to your work life or workplace look like?

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