PRAYER and FASTING for Jaxton

Praying and fasting for COMPLETE HEALTH for Jaxton! We’ve had almost 15,000 people read Jaxton’s story! Now as a mom I am asking you to have a leap of faith and get everyone you know to join our family in a nationwide fast.

Please forward this to your friends, family, church members and small groups.

Prayer and Fasting – A Definition
Prayer and fasting is defined as voluntarily going without food in order to focus on prayer and fellowship with God. Prayer and fasting often go hand in hand, but this is not always the case. You can pray without fasting, and fast without prayer. It is when these two activities are combined and dedicated to God’s glory that they reach their full effectiveness. Having a dedicated time of prayer and fasting is not a way of manipulating God into doing what you desire. Rather, it is simply forcing yourself to focus and rely on God for the strength, provision, and wisdom you need.

Teachings on prayer and fasting in the Bible:
Fasting is a personal event: “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you” (Matthew 6:16-18).

Jesus did not require fasting as a part of Christianity: “They [Pharisees] said to him, ‘John’s disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking.’ Jesus answered, ‘Can you make the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast.'”

Fasting from things other than food: Fasting is the voluntary denial of an otherwise normal function for the sake of anintense spiritual activity. There is nothing wrong with normal life functions, but there are times when we must set them aside to concentrate. We need to fast not only from food, but from other people, from the telephone, from the media, and from other aspects of our gluttonous consumer culture. – The Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster

Fasting is a form of worship: “Then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying” (Luke 2:37).

Moses fasted during the 40 days and 40 nights he was on Mount Sinai receiving the law from God (Exodus 34:28). King Jehoshaphat called for a fast in all Israel when they were about to be attacked by the Moabites and Ammonites (2 Chronicles 20:3). In response to Jonah’s preaching, the men of Nineveh fasted and put on sackcloth (Jonah 3:5). Prayer and fasting was often done in times of distress or trouble. David fasted when he learned that Saul and Jonathan had been killed (2 Samuel 1:12). Nehemiah had a time of prayer and fasting upon learning that Jerusalem was still in ruins (Nehemiah 1:4). Darius, the king of Persia, fasted all night after he was forced to put Daniel in the den of lions (Daniel 6:18).

Prayer and fasting also occurs in the New Testament. Anna “worshipped night and day, fasting and praying” at the Temple (Luke 2:37). John the Baptist taught his disciples to fast (Mark 2:18). Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights before His temptation by Satan (Matthew 4:2). The church of Antioch fasted (Acts 13:2) and sent Paul and Barnabas off on their first missionary journey (Acts 13:3). Paul and Barnabas spent time in prayer and fasting for the appointment of elders in the churches (Acts 14:23).

Prayer and Fasting – What Does it Accomplish?
Spending time in prayer and fasting is not automatically effective in accomplishing the desires of those who fast. Fasting or no fasting, God only promises to answer our prayers when we ask according to His will. 1 John 5:14-15 tells us, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him.” In the prophet Isaiah’s time, the people grumbled that they had fasted, yet God did not answer in the way they wanted (Isaiah 58:3-4). Isaiah responded by proclaiming that the external show of fasting and prayer, without the proper heart attitude, was futile (Isaiah 58:5-9).

How can you know if you are praying and fasting according to God’s will? Are you praying and fasting for things that honor and glorify God? Does the Bible clearly reveal that it is God’s will for you? If we are asking for something that is not honoring to God or not God’s will for our lives, God will not give what we ask for, whether we fast or not. How can we know God’s will? God promises to give us wisdom when we ask. James 1:5 tells us, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”


1. Complete Healing for Chromosomal (trisomy 13 is what we and the doctors think Jaxton shows signs of or whatever it is since we didn’t do the amnio to check.)
2. Complete Healing for Holoprosencephaly – Severe Brain Damage including learning disability, immobility, and a vegetative state of life.
3. Complete Healing for Omphalocele – His organs and digestive system are on the outside of his body. This would cause for the inability to breastfeed, very long stay in the NICU (up to 48 days), c-section delivery.
4. Complete Healing for Single Artery Umbilical Cord – Supposed to have 2 arteries to get all the blood, nutrients and oxygen a baby needs.
5. That no other complications arise like umbilical around the neck, or anything else that could happen.
6. Safe delivery for ME and a quick recovery – no complication like last time!
7. That our family and marriage is strengthened through all this and our lives can be a positive example to everyone.

* We already have a woman in California who is committed to prayer and fasting for 10 days on Jaxton’s behalf! That’s absolutely amazing, but even a 1 day fast is such a great blessing!

* 2 women in Hawaii have committed to a red meat fast for a month and then a partial fast for 21 days! They’ll be fasting until March 1st! (That’s a day before Jaxton’s due date!) 🙂


Will you join us as we pray and fast for Jaxton?

Thank you so much!

Lisa, Josh, Jacob & Jaxton

Here is a link to Knit in my Womb for more specific information on Jaxton’s prognosis.


18 responses to this post.

  1. Is there a day that we could all pray and fast together?
    Much love~Tina


    • We are aiming for January 1st a new year, with new miracles! But I know some people are going to do it just some time in January, then others have made other commitments like giving up sweets until Jaxton is born. (I’m sure they are hoping he comes early) LOL!
      Looking forward to getting Jaxton’s lamb! 🙂
      Thank you for all you do with posting for prayer requests!!!
      I pray little Liam is recovering well from his spinal surgery!

      Much Love to you too!!!


  2. Posted by Anonymous on December 30, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    I will completely give up anything with sugar in it, any and all sweets (this is my biggest LOVE when it comes to food, I eat sweets every day!!!! while it may seem silly, God knows how hard this will be for me, LOL!!!) So this is my sacrifice for complete healing of Jaxton ♥ I vow to do this for you until his birth, and I will start on Jan. 1, the New Year. I vow before you and God to do this. xoxo

    Oh, my husband wanted me to tell you, he is also going to give up all meat (he’s dying already at the thought hahahaha!!!!) as part of his commitment to pray and fast for Jaxton 🙂 HUGE HUGS!!


  3. Posted by Nikki on December 31, 2010 at 1:09 am

    Joshua and I will joyfully commit to a 3 day fast beginning January 1st- water only. We truly believe in the power of prayer and fasting, and know that God loves to see His children make committments like this. We had tons of people participate in prayer and fasting for our Brooklynn before she was born and God healed her beyond what any doctor ever thought was possible.
    We can’t wait to see what our God has in store for Jaxton and your family!
    God Bless!!


  4. Posted by Kaitlyn Kambestad on December 31, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Tennessee is READY! Baby boy Jaxton is so loved already! 🙂

    Love you, Lis!


  5. Posted by Just Guillermo on December 31, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Since Sundays are days when I totally devote to prayer, worship, teaching, ministry serving the Lord and quiet time; I will be fasting with only liquids until the end of the day. I will forward this to our Biblical Marriage class and ask High School students to join. Our family is praying daily at night for you and Jaxton especially; will ask them what they are willing to do as well. May God bless you with all that the New Year is bringing… love, the Calvillo’s


  6. Posted by Mom/Joyce on December 31, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Count me in! I will be fasting, meditating, and praying (even more than normal) one day a week for this precious little grandson. Love to all four of you!


  7. We will join with you in prayer and fasting,
    I also added your request to the FB Trisomy 13 News

    Little Josiah was our inspiration years ago.. look at him now and he many of the same medical issues you’ve noted on Jaxton
    * Trisomy 13
    * Holoprosencephaly
    * Omphalocele
    * Single Umbilical Artery
    To read Josiah’s story click here

    ThereseAnn, mom to Natalia 10yrs, living with full trisomy 13


  8. Posted by Lisa on January 1, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Will be praying and fasting for Jaxton, tomorrow, on THE LORD’S DAY


  9. Thank you for all the commitments to Pray & Fast for Jaxton’s Healing!
    Friends and strangers from all over the country have committed!
    Lots from California and Indiana, Tennessee, Arizona, New York, Illinois, Hawaii !!!
    It has been AWESOME so far and the journey has just begun.
    Josh and I already shared a God Moment this morning when we found out that the Lord lead us to read Hebrews 11 at almost the same time!!! Out of all the books and verses WE READ THE SAME ONES! 🙂


  10. Posted by Michelle on January 1, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Tim and I will be fasting from sweets and sugar until jaxton is born. We love you guys and we love jaxton. Xoxo


  11. Posted by Jessica Rabuck on January 3, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Hey Josh and Lisa,

    Wanted to let you know that I will commit to prayer and fasting for one day a week until Jaxton is born. So thankful for you guys, your faith, and the ministry that God is doing through you because of this journey that you are on.

    Much love in HIM,
    Jess Rabuck


  12. Posted by Angie Linn on January 4, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Praying for you, Jaxton, and your family.


  13. Posted by Aimee Loeser on January 5, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Lisa, I am sending you a heartfelt hug and lots of prayers to the Great Physician, knowing that nothing is too difficult for Him! My husband and I are 20 weeks pregnant with a baby girl that is very sick. I can relate to all the feelings of insecurity and fear of the unknown. I know that there are very few words to comfort you, but know that I will be praying! I also have a blog if you would like to read what our special baby is up against.

    blessings! Aimee Loeser


    • Aimee,
      I wish I had all the time in the world to write all the wonderful amazing miraculous stories people have shared with me. But since we don’t have that kind of time at the very moment (8 months pregnant = early bed time) 🙂 I’d like to share with you what I have directly learned recently from our Lord and creator…
      here are a few verses:
      We need to have the faith for healing. Read all of Hebrews 11.
      He is Knitting your baby girl right this very second! Psalms 139:13-16
      Psalms 78: 1-30 Teach even your unborn about the miracles of God, Water gushes from rocks, Manna falls from the sky.
      Joshua asks and the the sun stands still Joshua 10: 12-13

      I pray that you pray with the Faith of Knowing God CAN AND WILL heal your baby girl. God is BIGGER than Turner Syndrome!

      Does she have a name? I’d love to pray for her while I am praying and fasting!

      MUCH LOVE you to Aimee


      • Posted by Aimee Loeser on January 6, 2011 at 8:02 pm

        we are naming her Charlotte Jean. thank you for the encouragement. i heard your story from my mom and aunt who live in richland, mi…i saw the below post…i hope you know that my whole family there as well as my husband and i (in jamestown, ohio) are praying for you, your husband, and especially sweet baby jaxton!

  14. Posted by Christine Martinson on January 6, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    You can add a little town of Richland,Michigan to your map for the prayer and fasting. My family attends Radiant Church and we are doing a corporate 21 day fast starting January 10th. I have already sent out a facebook message to urge people to pray and have had the most responses to any profile statement I have ever sent out…Which is a lot : )
    Know that Richland Michigan is praying and fasting for your son and your family. My parents attend Brideway and I found out about your story listening to your husband’s message on Faith. I was moved to tears and we will be taking a lead of faith along with many others. Thank-you for reminding me of what a blessing children are…I have four blessings…Four boys and an amazing husband. Our church will keep you posted during our time of fasting and praying.


  15. Posted by Christine Martinson on January 6, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    *leaP not lead : )


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