For the past fifteen or so years, we as a spiritual family have started the year with Twenty-One days of Fasting and Prayer. There are several reasons for this.
- Fasting and Prayer is a great way to start a new year because it purposefully and intentionally creates margin in our lives for more focused time with the Lord.
- Fasting and Prayer aligns us with the heart and will of our Heavenly Father as we humbly come before him. The agenda for the year begins with a clear focus of His heart and Kingdom.
- Fasting and Prayer refines us. As we align our hearts with Him, we allow God to purify and cleanse us.
- Fasting and Prayer re-centers us. Important priorities can be lost and/or mismanaged. Extended time with God centers us on what matters most.
- Fasting and Prayer changes us. I’ve witnessed this personally and seen it over and over again in people’s lives. When we fast and pray, God changes us so we can know Him better and begin to more effectively impact the world around us.
- Fasting and Prayer changes the world. It was Rees Howells, who said, “history belongs to the intercessor.” Those who pray, change the world, and shape history. Prayer is the beginning point for any world changer and history maker.
I would encourage you to fast and pray as we begin the new year and decade. It might be for a few days, a week, twenty-one days, or forty days. Pray and ask the Lord if you should embark on a consecrated time to fast and pray. If so, I believe God will powerfully meet you if you do!
- You fast on something to feast on something. We fast food, entertainment, social media (whatever it is) to feast on more time with God, worship, reading the Bible, and prayer. So fast and feast!
- Pursue encountering God and knowing Him more intimately. The goal of a time of fasting and prayer is to encounter and hear from the Lord. Make this your top priority.
- Reduce the noise around you. Be intentional about carving out quality time with the Lord as you fast and pray. While I believe that we can pray at any time during our day, I like to set aside early mornings to sit down and be with the Lord. The computer is closed, my iPhone is away, and my Bible is open.
I’ve provided our Fasting and Prayer Worksheet that our congregation is using this year for our 21 days of Fasting and Prayer. Feel free to download this PDF document for your personal use to help clarify a focus and direction for fasting and prayer.
Much favor, grace, and blessing as we head into a new year!
What are your thoughts on fasting and prayer? Do you have a testimony or story to share of fasting and prayer in your own life or from the life of another?