Easter is the Church’s Super Bowl. For some reason in our culture, people who would never attend church any other time of the year will actually give it a shot on Easter. That means we have to be ready to do all we can to maximize this opportunity to change lives. So let’s get ready, OneLife! Instead of just sitting around and hoping for it, let’s fast and pray, begging God to do it!
First, most of you reading this blog have never fasted before. What’s it all about? The basic idea behind a fast is to sacrifice something (usually food) that has become a “crutch” for us, all for the purpose of drawing closer to Christ and re-calibrating our true dependence on the Father. It is a spiritual discipline that most every biblical character, including Jesus, practiced to stay close to God. So I am calling us to a 10-day Daniel Fast. Below is the basic info about what this fast will be all about.
When: Starting 6 p.m. Monday, April 4 and ending 6 p.m. Thursday, April 11.
How: Starting with dinner on April 4, restrict your diet to only pure foods of fruits and vegetables along with only water to drink. This means no chemicals, processed foods, breads, or caffeine.
Why: In Daniel 1, Daniel and three friends refused to give in to the “royal meal” that went against their faith. So for 10 days they ate only fruits and vegetables and drank only water. God used this to give Daniel and his friends a greater understanding of Him and a clearer vision. Read more about it here.
What: During these 10 days, I challenge you to pray for three specific things. First, to draw closer to Jesus. Use this time to allow God to examine you, then confess and repent of what may be keeping you from Him. Second, let’s beg God to do something huge at our church on Easter. What if 500 people worshipped together and celebrated Jesus on that day? What if many of those were new to church and gave their life to Jesus? Let’s BEG God to do that! After all, we have not because we ask not (James 4:2). Third, pray for the future of our church and its ministries. Pray for me – your pastor – and our staff. Pray for our ministry to the community including the parent conference. Pray for God to use us to transform this community from the inside out.
I realize that this may sound like a cooky idea if you are new to church or have never fasted. But I believe our God wants to do something amazing if we humble ourselves and pray (2 Chronicles 7:14). Let’s do it, OneLife! If you are with me, comment below and I’ll send you more information including a day-by-day prayer and study guide.
Read our latest post ‘Preparing to Fast’ here.