Romans 11:16 (NKJV)
For if the first fruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches. The things discussed first in the Bible belong to God, or devoted to God. For example, the first son; the first fruits or first crops; the Sabbath, or the first day of the week all belong to God. As a church, we fast together beginning in January because we are devoting the first of the year to God by focusing on praying and fasting. When we seek first the kingdom of God, we receive rewards or blessings.
Fasting is private between you and God. Scriptures tell us that when you give in private, He will reward you openly (Matthew 6:4). What you fast, or abstain from, is private between you and God. The Daniel’s Fast, for example, is a 21 day fast that is based on Daniel, who sought God for a breakthrough in his battles, by fasting, or abstaining, from meat, dairy, any animal products or sweets. On the 21st day of his fast, Daniel received a breakthrough and learned how to fight the battle he was facing. What you fast is determined by you and should be of a value to you because it will be a value to God.
Fast and prayer will affect your direction, finances or provision, and your family. As you seek God first this New Year, pray for God’s direction and perfect will for you. Pray for provision that will allow you to honor God with your life. Pray for your family, whether you are married or single, have children or not. Pray for your current family and your future family (i.e. future spouse, kids, grandchildren, etc.) and God will pour out His Spirit on your family.
Matthew 6:33 (NKJV) But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Matthew 6:4 (NKJV) Your charitable deed may be in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.
Our 21 Day Fast Blog is a place for you to read about fasting, have materials for daily devotionals and reflect as well as interact with others in our church about your personal journey for the duration of the 21 day fast. We recommend you keep a journal of your personal responses to questions posed in each of the daily devotionals so you can meditate not only during the first 21 days during your prayer time, but you can reflect throughout the entire year to be able to see how God has really moved on your behalf in 2016 and you have record of your testimony.
What are you fasting this New Year? What are your specific prayer requests that you are seeking God for as you begin this fast? Respond in the comments below.