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WHY COMMIT TO PRAYER, FASTING, & GOD'S WORD?

At Life Fellowship, we believe that what you do first makes a difference. That's why we are starting the new year and new decade on the things that matter most. Over the next 21 days at Life Fellowship, we are going to be diving into the presence of God through prayer, eliminating distractions and becoming re-focused through fasting, and anchoring the promises of God for 2020 through God's Word.

PRAYER

WHY PRAY?

Relationships require communication. Prayer is communication between a holy God and a beloved you and me.

 

GOD COMMANDS US TO PRAY.

“In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for Me in earnest, you will find Me when you seek Me” (Jeremiah 29:12,13, NLT).

GOD REVEALS HIMSELF TO US THROUGH PRAYER.

“Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God. May Your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing” (Psalm 143:10, NLT).

GOD INVITES US TO BRING OUR NEEDS AND BURDENS TO HIM IN PRAYER.

“Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28, NLT).

GOD RESPONDS TO THE PRAYERS OF HIS PEOPLE.

“The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results” (James 5:16b, NLT).

GOD IMPARTS WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING THROUGH PRAYER.

“If you need wisdom—if you want to know what God wants you to do—ask Him, and He will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking” (James 1:5, NLT).

GOD EXERCISES HIS AUTHORITY AND ABILITY TO DO THE IMPOSSIBLE THROUGH THE PRAYERS OF HIS PEOPLE.

“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer” (Matthew 21:22, NLT).

GOD EXTENDS HIS POWER TO US THROUGH PRAYER SO THAT WE MAY RESIST TEMPTATION.

“Keep alert and pray. Otherwise temptation will overpower you. For though the spirit is willing enough, the body is weak!” (Matthew 26:41, NLT)

 

With prayer, you always have a proven shield of protection available. Just say the word.

GOD'S WORD

21 Days of Daily Scripture Reading

Welcome to a brand new year full of new opportunities! The start of a new year conjures up the idea of fresh starts, new beginnings, and "out with the old" mentalities. We write out New Years's resolutions to be more fit, spend more time with family, and most importantly to grow in our relationship with God. We all have the best intentions but, most of the time, not the best methods. We tend to think we can do all the "new" things with our own grit, strength, and resolve, only to be disappointed just weeks/months down the road. We need steady, consistent encouragement to make a resolution become a habit. In fact, psychologists have long associated 21 consecutive days with the time it takes to form a habit in our lives.

As you read these devotionals, commit to the following three actions:
read daily, read prayerfully, and read expectantly.

THE FAST

The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out. It also enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all the good things God desires to bring into our lives. Remember, your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your body, your options, and, most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.

We decided that the month of January was the perfect time to emphasize spiritual discipline as a church family. You may also choose to fast at other times during the year for your own spiritual development. The timing of your fast is not as important as the strength of your focus on Him as you fast.
Scripture References
Matthew 6:16-18 | Matthew 9:14-15 | Luke 18:9-14 | Acts 27:33-37 | Nehemiah 9:1-3

 

TYPES OF FASTS

COMPLETE FAST - This fast calls for drinking only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.


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, or bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.


PARTIAL FAST - This fast is sometimes called the Jewish Fast and involves abstaining from eating any type of food in the morning and afternoon. This can either correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown.


SOUL FAST - This fast is common for those who do not have much experience fasting food, who have health issues that prevent them from fasting food, or who wish to refocus certain areas of their life that are out of balance. For instance, someone might select to abstain from using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast, and then choose to carefully bring that element back into their life in an orderly fashion at the conclusion of the fast.