Family Life Church is about to enter into a season of prayer and fasting from January 10th through the 30th. The following is a blog that includes my SOAP for today and a description of what this fast is all about. Return to this blog throughout our 21 days for insights, encouragement, and inspiration.
S = "Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance." Isaiah 55:2
O = God is calling us to eat from His word and to drink from His presence. He has food and drink that we know not of. Our greatest hunger and thirst must be for the things of God. He is our source!
(This is what a FAST is all about. Denying ourselves natural food and drink; not to impress God, but to move ourselves closer to Him to hear His voice. Beginning this Monday, January 10th, FLC will be venturing into a 21 Day Awakening Fast to lay a solid God foundation for 2011. A New Testament fast is all about removing distractions that keep us from spending time with God. It is typically food and drink that we remove, but it can be anything really. Kids can fast video games and junk food. We all can fast TV, movies, texting, Facebook or other social media that steals our time. Fast whatever keeps you from reading your Bible and praying. This is a 21 Day season of intense pursuit of God. We will gain wisdom to know what to do. We will gain strength to walk out the wisdom God gives us. We will position ourselves to walk in God's divine will. Faith will grow in our hearts to receive more from God.
The fast begins this Monday and will be lifted each Saturday at sundown through Sunday at sundown during the 3 weeks. This way you will be able to truly celebrate Christ, His church, and your family on Sundays during the fast season. You can maintain the fast or take a break on Sundays, whatever you feel God is leading you to do.
The bottom line is that God is waiting to be with us. Let's start this year off with a powerful move of God in our midst that will propell us forward personally and as a church.)
A = I will be fasting different types of food, coffee, and much TV over the next 21 days to pursue God, His Word, and His presence. I will fill the time with prayer, reading my Bible, and other reading. I will grow closer to God!
P = Father, I pray that you will be honored with the fast I am about to enter into. I so desire to grow closer to you. I confess Isaiah 11:2-3 over my life, my family's life, and Family Life Church.
Confess this over your life and the church...Isaiah 11:2-3 KJV
2 "And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon US, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord."
3 "And shall make US of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and WE shall not judge after the sight of OUR eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of OUR ears."