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Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

Romans 12:1 New International Version

WHEN:
Sundown January 2nd to Sundown January 7th

This is a time where the whole church fasts and prays
together. This is a special time of spiritual growth and
breakthrough.

1ST: FAST
• Daniel Fast - no sweets, no meats, no alcohol (click for
more info on a Daniel Fast)

2ND: PRAY WITH US
• January 2nd – 7th daily prayer in the mornings at 6 am on
Zoom and evenings at 7pm in person at Hope and on Zoom.

Zoom Link (click here)
Meeting ID: 851 7365 6013
Passcode: 808875

WHAT WE’RE PRAYING FOR:
(Follow along with us daily as we pray.)
January 2nd – Hearing God’s Voice
January 3rd – Trusting God in New Ways
January 4th – Growing Deeper
January 5th – Replacing Doubts with Faith
January 6th – Generous with Harvest
January 7th – Increased Capacity

FASTING BASICS:

According to the Bible, there are three duties of every
Christian: giving, praying and fasting.

Biblical fasting takes a lot of discipline and strength —
strength you can only receive from God. Matthew 6 says that
your private discipline will bring you rewards in Heaven.
When you give God your first through fasting, prayer and
giving at the beginning of the year, you set the course for the
entire year.

Why should I fast?
Are you in need of healing or a miracle?
Do you need the tender touch of God in your life?
Is there a dream inside you that only God can make possible?
Are you in need of a new experience with God?
Do you desire a deeper, more intimate and powerful
relationship with the Lord?
Are you ready to have heightened sensitivity to the desires
of God?
Do you need to break away from negative thoughts or
emotions that have been holding you hostage?
Is there a friend or loved one that needs Salvation?
Do you desire to know God’s will for your life?

BIBLICAL FASTING FOCUS:

1 TIMOTHY 2:1-2 “I exhort therefore, that, first of all,
supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be
made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority;
that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness
and honesty.”

ROMANS 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the
mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice,
holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable
service.”

MATTHEW 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and
his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto
you.”

ISAIAH 58:6 “[Is] not this the fast that I have chosen to
loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens,
and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every
yoke?”

We want to encourage you to focus your prayers during the
fast. Two specific areas we will be focusing on together are
leadership and finances.

The Bible instructs us to continually pray for our leaders (1
Timothy 2:1-2). When we lift up our leaders, here in the
United States and around the world, we can expect God’s
peace in our lives and in our nation. Another great promise
from the book of Isaiah, proclaims that the chosen fast will
“undo the heavy burdens and let the oppressed go free.” We
are living in tough economic times, and we know that so
many people are under a financial burden. As we come
together to fast and pray, we believe that many burdens will
be lifted and that financial blessings will be released into
your life!

We encourage you to seek the Lord in prayer, and let your
decisions about your biblical fasting come from Him. Ask the
Lord to show you areas to focus on during your time of
fasting and prayer. We believe that, as we pray, seek God and
give Him our best at the first of the year, He will bless our
ENTIRE year (Matthew 6:33)!

TIPS ON FASTING:
How to Begin: Start with a clear goal. Be specific. Ask the
Holy Spirit for guidance. Pray daily and read the Bible.
Preparing Spiritually: Confess your sins to God. Ask the
Holy Spirit to reveal areas of weakness. Forgive all who have
offended you and ask forgiveness from those you may have
offended (Mark 11:25; Luke 11:4; 17:3-4). Surrender your
life fully to Jesus Christ and reject desires that try to hinder
you (Romans 12:1-2).

What to Expect: When you fast your body detoxifies,
eliminating toxins from your system. This can cause mild
discomfort such as headaches and irritability during
withdrawal from caffeine and sugars. And naturally, you will
have hunger pains. Limit your activity and exercise
moderately. Take time to rest. Fasting brings about
miraculous results. You are following Jesus’ example when
you fast. Spend time listening to praise and worship. Pray as
often as you can throughout the day. Get away from the
normal distractions as much as possible and keep your heart
and mind set on seeking God’s face.

How to End: Don’t overeat when the time comes to end your
fast. Begin eating solid food gradually; eat small portions or
snacks.

ISAIAH 58:6 NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION
“IS NOT THIS THE KIND OF FASTING I HAVE CHOSEN:
TO LOOSE THE CHAINS OF INJUSTICE
AND UNTIE THE CORDS OF THE YOKE,
TO SET THE OPPRESSED FREE
AND BREAK EVERY YOKE?