It is a new year and the days ahead are full of God's extravagant love and boundless opportunity! As a church community we are setting our hearts and minds on Him, His Word and His presence. We desire to set the course for 2023 by beginning the new year with intentional prayer and fasting. It is our priority to seek God first in January. We are trusting in His power to create lasting impact in our lives, our church and our city.
Devote yourself to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. [Colossians 4:2 NLT]
Prayer gatherings in January:
Weekly Saturdays at 7-8pm [in person at the church]
Weekly Sundays at 9:25-9:35am [in person at the church]
You are welcome to come to along just one time, or as many times as you are able.
If you have a prayer need or would like someone to pray with you, please contact Emerald, the church prayer coordinator at: email@example.com
For further prayer and fasting information and resources, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer for 2023
Let's start by dedicating 2023 to the Lord and to His plans and purposes. Acknowledge your relationship with God as your loving Heavenly Father. Thank Him that you are His child. Verse: You have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God's Spirit when He adopted you as His own children. Now we call Him, "Abba, Father." Romans 8:15 NLT. Prayer: "Father, I come to you in prayer today thankful that I am Your child. I know I am a sinner, but You have forgiven me and adopted me as Your own, and I am so grateful to call you my Father. Thank you for loving me. I dedicate this new year to You and pray Your Kingdom come and Your will be done in 2023. Amen."
Bible verses to read and memorize
2 Corinthians 10:5: Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
Romans 12:2: And do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
A Fast is taking authority over our flesh and aligning our spirit and mind with God. It is the physical act of humbling ourselves before God and allowing ourselves to draw closer to Him and seeing His will for our lives. You can read about prayer and fasting in the bible in Ezra 8:15-23; 2 Chronicles 7:14; Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 2:36-38.
Some examples of fasts:
Full Fast: Drinking only liquids for a period of time.
Partial Fast: Fasting food from 6am to 3pm or from sunup to sundown.
Meal Fast: Fasting one meal for a period of time.
Item Fast: Give up a specific item like sweets, TV, Coffee, Social Media etc.
The DanieFast: No meat, no sweets, no bread, no dairy. Drink water and eat fruit, nuts, grains and vegetables. [Read about this fast in the Bible in the book of Daniel 1:8-14; Daniel 10:2-3].
If you have health concerns, please seek advice from your doctor or health practitioner before starting a fast.