21 DAYS OF PRAYER & FASTING
In most cases, a spiritual fast involves abstaining from food while focusing on prayer. This can mean refraining from snacks between meals, skipping one or two meals a day, abstaining only from certain foods, or a total fast from all food for an entire day or longer. Fasting requires self-control and discipline as one denies the natural desires of the flesh.
During spiritual fasting, the believer's focus is removed from the physical things of this world and intensely concentrated on God. Put differently, fasting directs our hunger toward God. It clears the mind and body of earthly attentions and draws us close to God. So, as we gain spiritual clarity of thought while fasting, it allows us to hear God more clearly. Fasting also demonstrates a profound need for God's help and guidance through complete dependence upon Him.
In that, we must understand that fasting and prayer are synonymous; they literally walk hand in hand. Fasting that does not include prayer is merely a diet. While many people fast to lose weight, dieting is not the purpose of a spiritual fast. The purpose is to produce a transformation in us—a clearer, more focused attention and dependence upon God.
Our aim for this month is to seek God for a closer walk with Him as we face the challenges of this new year. I encourage you to join us in this corporate faith walk, as we not only glean the individual spiritual benefits but the corporate benefits of these exceptional spiritual disciplines. We want to show God that we are, “Seeing With 20/20 Vision: Seeing As Christ Sees The Church, Culture, and Community” Revelation 1:9-20.
The entire church body is asked to unite in a 21 day fast during the month of January. We will be fasting and praying from January 6, 2021—January 29, 2021. Each day, Monday through Saturday we will pray for God to bless specific areas in our personal and spiritual lives. Sunday will be a day of rest from the fast.
Rev. Christopher C. Moore