From Duty to Delight is the new season of why fasting is growing globally in the Church.
While the church in the past fasted out of duty the modern day church is doing it because she delights in Him.
To religious folks fasting is all about duty but to the Bride of Christ it is about beauty and delight.
To Jesus, it is about a relationship with His Bride the church and himself, the victorious, loving, strong Bridegroom. Yes, it is a mystery in this relationship that is not always understood with our natural understanding but through experience in worship, we begin to understand the spiritual shift that is taking place in us as we draw near to Him.
A bride and groom relationship is always fresh and new. During this 21 day fast, keep your perspective of being a lover so your fast is full of delight as you walk closer with Jesus. Let His name be strong and powerful yet sweet as honey.
Our loving tender hearts from fasting model the posture of leaning into Jesus. Our lives are so busy with everyday live and we are constantly on the run. Yet through fasting, with extended worship, waiting and sustained prayer times, we are reminded that our time spent with Him is not so much that He will hear us, but for us to hear Him.
This fast for tenderness and passion to be awakened in Christ love, is a reminder that fasting is not just a religious duty. This fast is a divine discontent of wanting more of God’s presence, love and kingdom purposes in our lives. It’s a stirring that resounds in our soul, for more of His presence, promises and power in our lives. Fasting is about a relationship. We simply want more of Jesus and everything He offers in our lives!
There are certain things in our spiritual journey that will not happen unless we fast.
Fasting takes courage and faith because it goes against the normal routine. Our fleshly soul, rebels against the new, uncomfortable pattern of fasting. So don’t be surprised by the resistance you may be experiencing.
The great news, that brings eternal rewards and benefits, is that fasting has an amazing way to set you free and to break every yoke that oppresses you.
Isaiah the prophet declared that the “fast the Lord has chosen has the power to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke.” -Isaiah 58:6
What are your goals for this fast? Write them down.
Press in and don’t give up until you experience the freedom in Christ you are needing.
Your "Breakthrough" is about to be obtained.
It's Time for the Impossible to Become Possible
As we are moving into another year our faith is being stirred once again to ask God for the impossible. Our Lord and King, Jesus, demonstrated to His disciples that supernatural power is available to those who seek God. He declared that certain major victories only come through sustained prayer and fasting.
Every day in 2017 will be covered in prayer for Nashville by various churches, ministries and organizations. Our desire is to hear what is on God's heart in order to pray effectively for our city. A great way to start is to invite you to participate with us to pray and fast for 21 days in January 2017. We will begin on January 8th and go through the 28th.
Here are a few practical tips that I normally use to help me get started:
Establish your purpose: I normally break down my prayer time during this 21 days into two areas: one for myself and the second for others. These are some questions I normally find myself and my friends asking each year: Are you desiring to be closer to God? Do you have financial pressures? Do you want more direction for your life? Are you having issues with relationships? Maybe you need healing? Have your dreams died? Any bondages, vices or attitudes holding you back? Fasting and prayer can bring clarity and answers to these areas.
Decide when and how you will fast: Most people use the Daniel fast — a 21 consecutive-day type fast. However, if you choose you can break this up to do less during the 21 days or extend it and go up to 40 days. The Bible shows us different types of fasting. The one you choose is between you and God. He will honor your best sacrifice and He will give you the grace to do it. Here are a few different ways:
Don’t lose heart if you find the battle intense: We are all in a spiritual war. The devil will resist and tempt you. Don’t be discouraged. Reach out to someone else who is praying.
Come on, let’s obtain the promises of God!
After a busy season like many of us have been in, we should take time to pull away, rest and allow our main focus to be on Jesus again. Realigning our priorities with God’s heart and taking time to listen to His voice are important choices in our life that often take a back seat to our daily responsibilities. That’s why, as a tribe of God-seekers, we are setting aside 21 days in January to fast and pray.
Our team at ‘PRAY NASHVILLE’ have found out that many of the largest ministries in the nation are uniting together on January 8-28th to seek the Lord with humility through fasting and prayer. When we seek God and unite our hearts together, something significant takes place that brings about supernatural kingdom results.
Jesus said in Matthew 6 that He rewards prayer and fasting. These are just a few testimonies we have heard from our past 21 days of focused prayer and fasting:
"I feel closer to God! I haven’t missed a day of being with Him!"
"Thank you Lord for the restoration that is taking place in my family. It’s a miracle. The unity and peace has been incredible!"
"Thanks to God for getting my child into rehab after our last time of 21 days of focused prayer."
"My dad does not have cancer anymore! Answered prayers!"
“My financial breakthrough finally came and I am out of debt. God heard my cries.”
"I am set free! I am fully healed physically, emotionally, and spiritually."
We invite you to join us for this time of 21 days of seeking God together. If this is your first time fasting or if you have questions or concerns, we will instruct and guide you in your fasting journey.
There many ways to do this fast. God may lead some of you to a juice fast or a fresh food Daniel type fast. Others may fast one meal a day or perhaps give up certain types of food. If you have health issues that prevent you from giving up food then you may want to prayerfully consider fasting things that can consume a great amount of your time throughout your day, like television, nonessential emails, or social media.
We encourage you to ask the Lord what He may want you give up for the 21 days so you can fully dedicate your time to reading His Word, praying, and listening to His voice to give direction for your life, your family, or the church in the upcoming year.
Remember, whenever a fast is recorded in Scripture, it is followed by a season of growth and blessing. As you make a commitment to participate with prayer and fasting, you will discover it will usher you into some of the greatest opportunities to experience the blessings of God.
With God’s grace, you can do it.