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Let’s start 2010 with a fast

One of the greatest needs we have is to hear God’s voice and get his direction. But sometimes we need to set aside time to press into him.   I don’t know about you, but too often I muddle along, settling for half a loaf, not really pressing into God like I want to. New Years offer us a g…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes
One of the greatest needs we have is to hear God’s voice and get his direction. But sometimes we need to set aside time to press into him.
 
I don’t know about you, but too often I muddle along, settling for half a loaf, not really pressing into God like I want to. New Years offer us a great opportunity to push life’s pause button and begin afresh. And I find that calling a corporate fast is often the best way to get the focus that I need.
 
So, let me ask you to consider fasting this next week and coming before God, asking for his his presence and for his direction.
 
If you’d like to join us in prayer or fasting, let me know and we can encourage one another with what God shares with us.

Comments (30)

  • Thank you Set, I so agree with you on this one. I myself set this week aside as well for fasting for this coming year. The work in Swaziland is so crucial and I feel it is important to get Gods presence and His direction. The responsibility is so great! Stay Blessed man!

  • I have never fasted for longer than a day. To be honest a week scares me! How do you do it?? Still drink liquids? I would like to try but want to go into it with a plan.

  • Hey Gina,

    A fast is very personal.You don’t necessarily have to fast all food. You can fast, sugar, coffee, soda or something you really like,like chocolate. Ask the Lord what He would ask you to fast. It will be different for all of us.

    Lord bless your fast!

  • I desire to fast and hear more of God, feel more His presence…I want more of HIM less of me.

    Do you know the best way to fast?

    If I don’t eat, I get a head ache…but I could try the best I can…

    I’m thankful for this encouragement and I’ve never done corporate fast…How special to be part of it.

    Thank you! Blessed New year!

  • Already there! I’m glad to join with others. It’d be great to hear not only for ourselves but others too!

    Gina, due to health issues, I’m doing a “Daniel fast”. No meat, sugar, grains or dairy. It’s basically eating fruits, veggies, nuts, beans and seeds. Even with that kind of fast, I experience dullness leaving. I hear God’s voice more clearly. And that kind of fast is easier to extend to 3 weeks or longer.

  • I am already doing a 3-week Daniel type diet because I joined a 21-day Vegan Kick-Start (& have given up sugar for all 2010). I’m doing these for health reasons, but I would be very glad to join you in the PRAYER part of this prayer and fasting.

  • Out of town for holidays I felt the unmistakable call to come closer too. I sent out a request to my prayer partners and found out our pastor had called for a fast too. God never does something without telling His people. We are joining together even when we aren’t aware of it. Our God is so great.

    My yearning is to learn a lifestyle of fasting that will focus my heart and attention on drawing near.

  • I agree wholeheartedly and will link in with the corporate fast. To God be the Glory! May we all abide in him and he in us richly as a result of this fast.

  • I’m in! I specifically felt this week that God was calling me to 3 days of fasting. I too get weak, dizzy, and faint when I don’t eat… so I’m going to try fruit juice, veggie juice, and maybe tea… have any of you had luck with that? I will be ok with juice for that time, right?

  • That should be good, Ericka. once you get rid of all those toxins from sugars and processed foods, the headaches might abate some.

  • Beautiful way to begin anew, to come away and press into Him. Though I have not been a part of this corporate call to fast I have prayed for AIM a great deal recently, and have responded as God has led.

    Serving and loving Him and all of you.

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