We're excited that you're joining us along the journey of Breakthrough in 2022. Our prayer is that you would open your heart to God as you read these devotionals over the coming 14 days. Each morning starting on Monday, January 10th, a new devotional covering spiritual formation and loving God with your heart, mind, soul, and strength will be available here.
In addition to walking through these devotionals we are calling the church to a two week fast also kicking off on Monday, January 10th. As we prepare our hearts and minds for this season, we thought it best to first make sure we clearly communicate the kind of fasting we are encouraging you to partake in.
What is a fast & how should you do it?
The word “fasting” simply means to deny oneself the intake of food.
Some examples we see in scripture are in Esther 1:6, where she and the Jews were to fast from food and drink for three days and Daniel 10:3, when Daniel fasted from specific foods like meat and wine, only to eat things like vegetables and drink water. In our world today, we hear other uses of the word, such as when people go on a social media fast. However, we would prefer to simply refer to that as the practice of abstaining (separate from fasting).
Why should we fast?
Jesus has three things that He expects of us as His followers: pray, give, and fast. The common teaching theme in each of these expectations is in our motivation, as we are to live our lives sacrificially and humbly before God. Fasting is a true matter of the heart that we express in the physical way of denying ourself food.
We fast to see true breakthrough in our lives because, as we see in scripture, some things will never happen without prayer and fasting (Matt. 17:21). Though we know we cannot manipulate the heart of God, the very act of fasting is a testament that we acknowledge we cannot do anything apart from Him. We need His sovereign touch to heal, to mend, to undo, or even resurrect.
During this 14 day journey, we ask that you would fast in one of the three ways:
- Choose one meal each day to fast from
- Fast from sun up to sun down
- Partake in a liquid only diet
- e.g., bone broth, soups without meat, smoothies
We do recognize that some may have a medical reason that would keep you from fasting from all foods. If that is you, we encourage you to partake in the Daniel fast and omit a few particular items from your menu OR abstain from a normal rhythm that tends to take away from your opportunity to spend time with the Lord.
It’s important to note that fasting without prayer neglects the true purpose of why we are fasting to begin with. So, we want to encourage you to use the time that you would be eating and spend it in prayer and/or going through our provided devotional. Each time you notice your hunger, this emphasizes your need for God and reminds you of the area of your life you are asking the Lord to break through.
Remember, His ways are above our ways, and this is an act of obedience and surrender to His ultimate plan. We pray that this time becomes one of breakthrough. Breakthrough in your life. Breakthrough for your family. Breakthrough for our city, nation, and the world.
"Present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God" - Romans 12:1-2