Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the LORD your God, and cry out to the LORD. Joel 1:14
There are times in the life of a church that we need to call the church to a holy fast, to assemble to pray, and to cry out to the Lord. It is a time of setting apart and a time of abstaining for a greater glimpse of God's glory greater clarity in hearing His voice, and a resolve for greater alignment with His agenda.
Now is the time!
21 Days of Prayer begins next weekend January 11-12, 2015, and continues through the weekend of January 31st-Feburary 1st, 2015.
At the beginning of 2015, when we are all busy adding things to our lives, adding goals, adding resolutions, adding projects that need to get done...the best thing we could do is STOP and focus on gaing a heart of wisdom from God.
The theme verse for FIRST: Priority Determine Capacity is Psalm 90:12 — Teach us to number (prioritize) our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Like any restoration project, it's never wise to add layers over the old. It will never stick and peel off in a short amount of time. Have you ever considered that’s why so many resolutions never stick? The old layers need to be taken off first, so that the new can go on and be permanent.
Fasting begins a renovation of the heart. It's beings stripping-away process of removing what is unnecessary. It’s about making room for new.
Fasting is not depriving yourself so God will like you more. Fasting is not morbid deprivation.
- Choosing to go without,
- For a period of time,
- Without complaining,
- To gain spiritual clarity.
Before starting anything new, its simplifying; it's quieting; its getting our dependence in the right place; it’s going without to get clarity.
A fast takes many forms. You may fast food…total or partial, a meal a day, or drop a certain kind of food. Daniel when he fasted ate only vegetables and water for 21 days. Maybe fasting at this time is not about food at all…maybe to drop social media, get off Facebook and Twitter for 21 days…perhaps a very needed exercise to rid of clutter to bring clarity.
Let's give God the first 21 days (a tithe) of our year.
- Prioritize first things first
- Focus on the things that really matter
- Turn “one day” into today.