Pray & Fast. Hear Him Speak.
Maybe you’re starting this year wanting to hear from God on your next step, a big decision, or simply to know He’s with you. As we move into 2017, we are committing the month of January to fix our eyes on Jesus through prayer and fasting to hear his voice as he leads us into our future as a people with a hope to see momentum, multiplication, and miracles in every area of our lives. We can’t wait to celebrate with you all God does as we focus our hearts on him.
We’re praying for three things this month…
- Momentum. We want God to move in your life, to see dreams get traction, and step out into your next season.
- Multiplication. We want God to grow you, to see your faith expand and your life overflow.
- Miracles. We want to see God change you, to see something from nothing and the ‘no-explanation other than God’ moments happen.
We’re in this together so we’ve made everyting we’re doing in the month of January focused on prayer. Here are the ways you can get involved…
January Series ‘Speak.’
Join us this Sunday, the 8th, as we kick-off our January series called ‘Speak’ where we’ll focus on how we speak to God and how He speaks to us.
All Church Prayer
We will gather three times this month as a church to pray alongside one another. On January 4th and 18th we’ll gather for an hour of prayer from 7:30pm-8:30pm at the Cottage (730 E Worth St, Grapevine, TX).
We will focus on the topic of prayer and create a lifestyle of prayer at our Dinner Parties on the 11th and 25th. Sign-up today for more info.
Make plans to attend our first One Heart of the year on Feb 1st where we will culminate our month of prayer with a night of worship, prayer, vision, and celebration.
How Do I Pray & Fast?
We believe prayer works. We believe prayer and fasting are two of the greatest tools God has given us to live an abundant life and to see God accomplish His purpose in us. We also know that can be challenging to make regular and effective in our lives. Below are a few resources for you…
Most importantly, our primary goal is that we all pray more and hear God speak in our lives. However that looks for you, please don’t allow difficult expectations or assumptions about prayer and fasting to derail your commitment to pray. If you don’t fast, but simply commit to pray everyday…AWESOME! If you fast once a week, a whole week, 21 days or one meal a day; maybe you turn off social networks and/or your tv…AWESOME!
Pick a Plan & Place
We would encourage you to have a plan as you being this year in prayer. It keeps us on track and gives us a guideline. It’s also important to have a time and place that you’ll give to seek God. Maybe that’s early in the morning, on your lunch break, or just before you go to bed. Do your best to keep it consistent and turn off distractions. Here are a few great Bible reading plans to start off your year…
- Prayer: A Holy Occupation by Oswald Chambers (30 Days)
- Awakening: 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting by Stoval Weems (21 Days)
- Prayer by Tim Keller (14 Days)
Types of Fasts
Fasting is the most powerful spiritual discipline of all the Christian disciplines. Through fasting and prayer, the Holy Spirit can transform your life. Here are a few types of fasts as well as a link to extra resources that will help you prepare and launch a successful fast…
This fast calls for drinking only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.
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.
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.
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.
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