- “So we fasted and earnestly prayed that our God would take care of us, and he heard our prayer.” (Ezra 8:23) Align your heart and mind to God as you join 21-DAY PRAYER & FASTING SEASON starting January 6 until 27, 2018. If you wish to use a fasting contract (optional), a copy will be provided to you. Some people will fast for 3 days, others for 7 or 14 days, while some will go for the whole 21 days. You choose what kind of fast you will do! Dedicate the first days of this year to seek the will and plans of God for your life.
- BIG AND SPECIAL NEWS! We are welcoming the new year with bigger faith as we start our FOURTH SUNDAY WORSHIP CELEBRATION starting on January 21, 2018. Here are our New Worship Celebration Schedules: First Celebration: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM; Second Celebration: 10:30 AM – 12:00 NN; Third Celebration: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM; Fourth Celebration: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. The Kingdom of God of forcefully advancing and we want to take hold of the greater things God has in stored for the church. Let’s invite people!
- “We will bring the firstfruits of our land and of every fruit tree to the LORD’s house year by year.” (Nehemiah 10:35) Be excited for our FIRST FRUITS FESTIVAL on February 4, 2018. First fruits offerings may be given on the Sundays of January. Give God the best part of your first produce this year and enjoy His favor all year round.
FASTING Quick Tips
How to Begin
Start with a clear goal. Be specific. Why are you fasting? Do you need direction, healing, restoration of marriage or family issues? Are you facing financial difficulties? Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. Pray daily and read the Bible.
Confess your sins to God. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal areas of weakness. Forgive all who have offended you and ask forgiveness from those you may have offended (Mark 11:25; Luke 11:4; 17:3-4). Surrender your life fully to Jesus Christ and reject the worldly desires that try to hinder you (Romans 12:1-2).
Deciding What to Fast
The type of fasting you choose is up to you. You could go on a full fast in which you only drink liquids, or you may desire to fast like Daniel, who abstained from sweets and meats, and the only liquid he drank was water. Remember to replace that time with prayer and Bible study.
Deciding How Long
You may fast as long as you like. Most can easily fast from one to three days, but you may feel the grace to go longer, even as much as 21 to 40 days. Use wisdom and pray for guidance. Beginners are advised to start slow.
What to Expect
When you fast your body detoxifies, eliminating toxins from your system. This can cause mild discomfort such as headaches and irritability during withdrawal from caffeine and sugars. And naturally, you will have hunger pains. Limit your activity and exercise moderately. Take time to rest. Fasting brings about miraculous results. You are following Jesus’ example when you fast. Spend time listening to praise and worship. Pray as often as you can throughout the day. Get away from the normal distractions as much as possible and keep your heart and mind set on seeking God’s face.
How to End
Don’t overeat when the time comes to end your fast. Begin eating solid food gradually; eat small portions or snacks.
(Adapted from Jentezen Franklin Ministries)