Three things will last forever-faith, hope, and love…
– 1 Corinthians 13:13 (NLT)

I Corinthians 13:13 represents our spiritual theme and prayer initiative for 2016. It talks about the 3 most important graces of the Spirit and it’s our focus for our corporate fast.

I’m excited about the journey we’re about to take as we join together in fasting and prayer for the next 21 days.  Anytime we purpose to consecrate ourselves and seek God for His leading and direction we can be sure He will answer.

Join with us each morning in reading the daily devotionals. They’re designed to help us focus on one area a day as we unite in prayer during our time of fasting.  There’s also a declaration that will follow each devotional – every day we will affirm our desire for our church. For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he (Prov. 23:7).
It’s helpful to be reminded of some guidelines. In Daniel chapter 10, it’s recorded that Daniel fasted for 3 weeks (21 days) and he abstained from sweets, meat, bread, and wine, or simply put, all pleasant foods.

Remember, if it means something to you, it will mean something to God. However, if it doesn’t mean anything to you, it won’t mean anything to God. Fasting that consists of just not eating is dieting. We need to combine our fast with prayer and the Word of God.

Drink plenty of water. Juice, broth, and Gatorade are helpful as well.  Make sure you check with your doctor if you’re on medication. It’s wise to begin tapering off your food intake the day before.

Expect to experience some side effects the first few days.  You may feel sluggish, have a headache and be hungry! But, drink plenty of fluids and you will find the strength and grace to do this!

Get ready – our God is able to do even more than we can imagine.

Fasting with you,
Ps. Michael Durso