We believe that starting a new year needs to be done in the right way, and focusing on the right things. New year’s resolutions, as noble as they might be, tend to emphasize “doing” rather than “being.” And further, they tend to miss the whole point of life: putting God in the center of everything.
This January, we’re taking a journey together, moving into the realms of the Christian’s supernatural life, and seeking the Father’s face corporately and personally with renewed passion and dedication.
On Sunday, January 6th we’ll be starting a 21-day, church-wide fast, with special emphasis on prayer and spending time in the Lord’s presence. We’re even constructing a unique Prayer Room in the middle of the sanctuary that will be open during the week.
We believe that fasting – which Jesus himself told us to do in Matthew 6:16 – reflects an inward desire through an outward discipline. Most Christians tend to “hear from God” better as the appetites of their flesh gives way to the cravings of their spirit in desiring God’s presence.
Corporately, we’re promoting what’s typically referred to as a Daniel Fast. Please note that while there are numerous health benefits to various kinds of fasting, if you have health issues, please be sure to contact your health professional for advice before committing to any fast, including the Daniel Fast. You can find a full list of recommended foods for this fast here.
A Daniel Fast is taken from the book of Daniel in the Bible where Daniel purposed in his heart to honor the Lord by abstaining from certain foods and committing himself to increased prayer. Here are some scriptures from his account:
2 In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for three weeks. 3 I ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I ganoint myself at all, for fthe full three weeks. Daniel 10:2-3
8 But Daniel sresolved that he would not tdefile himself with kthe king’s food, or with lthe wine that he drank.
12 “Test your servants for ten days; let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink. Daniel 1:8, 12
We’re incredibly excited for the month of January, and anticipate amazing stories of encountering God and getting his vision for our lives both individually and as a church. Let’s come ready to engage with God and advance His Kingdom in the earth in 2013!