By Billy Bernhard
“Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster. Who knows whether he will not turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind him, a grain offering and a drink offering for the Lord your God?
Every year at Acts Community Church we start the New Year off with fasting as Daniel did in the book of Daniel. In chapter 10, we find that Daniel is mourning and fasting. He did this for 21 days seeking the Lord. He needed a touch from God, to be strengthened, encouraged and given understanding. Do you find yourself in a similar situation, needing a touch from God, in need of strength, encouragement and understanding? In the generations of today, even in the church, there is no difference. Many of us are mourning, hurting, and feel like we have nothing left – maybe feeling dry, empty and in much need of the Lord. There is so much division in our nation. There is continued hostility that is growing towards Christianity. Hate and injustice are rampant all around us, and suffering and great brokenness that plague our communities, cities, and nation is ever present.
Yet as God spoke to the prophet Joel, we read that our God is gracious, merciful, and slow to anger. He wants to pour Himself out over our lives, families, communities, cities, and nation. Just like He strengthened the people in the days of Joel and Daniel, so God wants to do for us. The question is: Will we seek Him? Will we cry out to Him? Will we repent over our sins and the sins of our nation? Are we willing to not grow weary in doing good, believing that in due time, we shall reap a harvest? (Gal. 6:9)
We want to challenge you to join us in the Daniel Fast from Jan. 8th-29th. For 21 days, let’s fast before the Lord and get our hearts right before Him. Let’s believe that we will get a Word from Him and be greatly strengthened, just like Daniel. Fasting as Daniel did was very specific: eating only food grown from seeds and drinking only water for 21 days.
We understand that fasting may be new to you and a difficult thing to begin, so maybe you might want to just fast from one meal a day or fast from social media. We just encourage you to choose something to fast from before God. During your fast, pray more than you usually do, be in God’s Word more than you usually do. In other words, make even more time for God. If you fast but you are not seeking God, you’re only starving yourself in vain. Don’t go hungry for no reason. Know that at the end of the fast, you will feel refreshed and closer to God. We can’t wait to hear all the testimonies on how God has moved in everyone on Jan. 29th when we celebrate ending our fast together as a church with a feast.
- Jan 8th Daniel Fast starts
- Jan 8th-10th 6:30 pm -7:30 pm at Acts Community Church, we will have a time of worship, prayer, and fasting. Encourage everyone to come and make it a priority to be there.
- We will have devotions posted that you can read during the fast.
- Get on a Daily Bible reading plan and read your entire Bible this New Year.
- Jan 29th fast ends and will celebrate that day with worship, testimonies, and a feast.