Ready for something new after a confusing and unprecedented year. Ready for peace after what felt like a year of chaos. We're ready for God to make All Things New. This year as we fast together, we're joining with others across the globe in community to refresh our hearts and minds.
The challenge this year is specifically a fast from FOOD. That may look different for each one of us. It could be one meal each day that we normally enjoy, or it could be a fast from food altogether for a complete day each week, or perhaps give up sugar and carbs or meat for the complete 21 days, if you have an addiction to caffeine or tobacco it may be that which you choose to fast from for the duration. It should be something that is a real sacrifice in order to remind you that God desires to be first place in your life and is greater than anything else. In the past, some of you have given up technology or something tangible or sex as mentioned in 1 Corinthians 7, if you feel led to add something like that to your fast that is great, but this year let it be an add-on.
During these 21 days, spend extra time devoted to Bible reading, meditation, and prayer. This year during our prayer and fasting we are seeking God for five specific things...
1. For us to know God greater in 2022 than ever before. Phil. 3:10
2. For us to surrender completely to God in 2022. Rom. 12:1-2
3. For God to break the sins and addictions in our life. Rom. 8:1-17
4. For God to use us greater in 2022 than ever before. Phil. 2:13
5. For God to heal our land. 2 Chron. 7:14
Lastly, this should be between you and God. Please know, if you’re giving up something sacrificially, this will not be easy! If it were easy, everyone would do it! It is not a "look what I am giving up" or "look how spiritual I am". Just you and God!