Let's Start The New Year Off Right.
At the beginning of every year at Emmaus Church, we ask God for a word about what He is going to do in our church family corporately, and what He is going to do in our lives individually. The word for 2016 that I feel God is stirring in my heart is “Flourish.” To flourish means to grow or develop in a healthy way. I believe that God is going to fulfill promises and dreams for us as a church, causing us to flourish like never before. How can we best position ourselves for this word to become a reality?
We can take time to seek God through fasting and prayer and ask God to help us prepare ourselves to receive what He has for us.
Typically, biblical fasting is refraining from food for spiritual purposes. The noun translated “fast” or “a fasting” is tsom in the Hebrew and nesteia in the Greek language. It means the voluntary abstinence from food. However, some of us may also choose to fast from different forms of media and entertainment such as movies, Instagram/Facebook/Twitter, television, or the internet to remove distractions and have more time for prayer and for investing in relationships. We encourage you to pray that God would reveal what He wants you to lay down during this 21 Day Fast as an expression of worship to Him. I believe as you place yourself in a position of voluntary weakness and intentional time of drawing closer to Him, God loves to show up in a significant way. Below are a few different types of fasts found in the Bible that you may want to consider:
* A Water Fast – You abstain from food and liquids other than water. This is generally best for shorter amounts of time if you are not an experienced faster.
* A Liquid Fast – You abstain from food and only drink juices and other liquids.
* Daniel Fast– You abstain from meat, sugar, dairy, alcohol, and processed food. Instead you eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts. This fast is modeled after Daniel 10:2-3.
* Specific Fast– You abstain from certain food(s) or drink(s) that are especially enticing to you.
* Partial Fast– You fast one meal a day, or for one day a week, or for a certain period of time within the 21 days.
We will start our time of fasting on Sunday January 10th 6pm and endSunday January 31st after church.
I can’t wait to hear what God does in your life through the 21 Day Fast and to see how God uses this time to help propel us as a spiritual family into all the amazing things He has for us in 2016! This year is going to be an incredible year of fulfillment, where I believe we will get to see many of God’s promises become a reality. Get ready!