21 Days of Prayer + Fasting – Jan. 2-23, 2022
Jesus said, “I am the bread of life.” Yet how many of us take time daily to “feast” on the Word and spend time with God? Unfortunately, due to our busy, distracted lives, many of us operate at some level of spiritual malnourishment. Like a scuba diver who disconnects himself from his source of oxygen, we can believe the myth that we are able to live independently of our source. Or we can embrace our desperation, recognizing we have next to no control over our lives and are as dependent on God as a baby with its mother. By learning to embrace our need for Him and His life-giving presence, we may actually begin to understand what it means to live life to the fullest.
You may not be in the habit of praying and spending time with God. Or even if you are and you want to take your time with God to the next level, we invite you to join us for 21 Days of Prayer + Fasting, starting Jan. 2, 2022. We will have various tools to help you focus your prayer time with God, daily posts and text messages, and suggested resources to guide you to become better at consistent fellowship God.
- Starting today, you can sign up for text messages, that will be sent out daily between Jan. 2 to Jan. 23. Text “21days” to 248.965.4776 to receive daily text alerts between 1/2/22 and 1/23/22.
- In December, we will publish a series of blog posts that dive deeper into some of the concepts we will cover in our January sermon series: The Art of Desperation: A Journey of Embracing My Need for God.
- Throughout January, we will commit to praying and fasting together. If you have never fasted before, as a way to draw closer to God, then we invite you now to consider participating in some sort of fast.
There are many ways to fast that does not include giving up food (we recognize some people may have health-related concerns when it comes to fasting from food), so here are some ideas to consider:
- Selective fast: This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, and bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.
- Intermittent fasting: Determine when you eat, rather than what you eat.
- Soul fast: Refocus certain areas of your life that are out of balance or remove anything that is toxic to your soul.
- Technology fast: Another name for this is “digital detox” and involves removing technology from your life for a time.
- Single food fast: Rather than giving up food groups or entire meals, give up one of your favorite foods. This is similar to how many people participate during the Lenten season.