by Debonnie Barnes
It’s a new year, a new season, a chance to start fresh and refocus. A chance to receive God’s grace for the past and His abundant blessings for the future. However, if you desire a change in your life, you have to get rid of some things to make room for it.
How many of you know that you cannot resolve to get 8 hours of sleep every night if your day starts at 5am and ends at midnight?
We have to remove something from our schedule to make room for that 8 hours of sleep. It is the same for any other resolution you might have in life. If you want to lose weight, you have to make room for self-control. If you want a better relationship with God, you have to make time to spend in His presence.
Well, this past Sunday, that’s exactly what we did. We made room. We wrote down everything that held us back and moved us further away from God in 2018, then we literally shredded it.
Now, we are asking God to fill our lives with whatever He pleases.
How are we going to do this? With 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting.
Fasting is one of those things that is so easy to start, but hard to follow through with. It requires you to give up something in your external world in order to cause an affect in your internal world. You are denying yourself something you absolutely love. However, at the same time, you are grabbing a hold of something you will love even more…God.
While fasting has an external expression, it is an internal work that should be solely between you and God.
The hardest thing in life is our internal work, not our external work.
Matthew 6:16-18 NIV
“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, 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 others 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.”
You know how you feel when you haven’t eaten all day, and you get hangry? That is what this verse is talking about. No one should be able to tell when we are fasting, which means we have to learn some fruits of the spirit, like self-control.
Types of Fasts:
Liquid Fast - Give up solid foods
Daniel Fast - Fruits and vegetables only
Media Fast - Give up media
7 Day Fast - Fast with us for 7 days
Lunch Fast - Fast over lunch each day
Wednesday Fast - Fast on Wednesdays
It is important to take the time that you would have spent doing the thing you are fasting from, and replace it with time spent in prayer, or reading the Word of God.
For example, if you are fasting from lunch, instead of eating during that hour, you would spend it in prayer.
On January 7th we will begin our 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting as a church. You do not have to fast all 21 days, but we ask that everyone do something. Let’s shred all of the things that held us back in 2018 and create some room for God, shall we? We believe that this will be a year of favor on our lives! The best is truly yet to come!
For more information on 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting, visit www.mycitychurch.cc/prayfirst