January 8th-28th, 2017
We believe that 2018 will be the best year you have ever had if you will get into God’s Word like you never have. God is calling us deeper. He’s calling us to know Him in a greater way. No matter where you’re at in your walk with Christ, you’ve only just scratched the surface. God always has more of Himself that He wants to reveal to those who are searching, and we want New Song to be a church full of people who are constantly on a treasure hunt for the riches found only in Him.
Over the next 21 days, we are going to be fasting, praying, and studying God’s Word together as a church body. We have chosen three scriptures, one for each week of the fast, that represent three things we are praying for every person at New Song this year.
01. Passion for the Word. The heart and soul of New Song is to help people know God. Not just know about Him, but to really, personally, intimately know Him–to know His thoughts, to recognize His voice, to know what He thinks about us, to know His plans for us–to know Him like you know your closest friend. And we believe that the best way to get to know Him is by spending time reading HIM. John 1:1 tells us that the Bible is God Himself. Our prayer for you is that you would fall passionately in love with God’s Word, and in the process, come to know God in a greater way.
02. Passion to be planted. The storms of life are inevitable, but our desire for you is that you would be firmly planted, with roots that go down deep into God’s love, so that when the wind and waves come, your leaf will not wither and your life will continue to bear fruit. God has called us to do more than just get by, He’s called us to flourish, but to flourish, we have to put down roots. Our prayer for you is that God would fill you with a passion for the local church and that you would begin to see yourself as a vital part of what God wants to do in our community through New Song so that you and your family will prosper.
03. Passion for the mission. As you dig into God’s Word like never before and purpose to be planted in the local church, your mission, your God-given purpose will start to come into focus. God has work for you to do! He didn’t save you and give you access to the Holy Spirit for your benefit alone. He created you to run on mission for HIM. There are small groups that need to be birthed, classes that need to be taught, children who need to be loved, songs that need to be written, marriages that need to be restored, poor who need to be fed, and lost who need to be found. Our prayer for you is that God would fill you with a passion for purpose and that you would see the good works that need to be done and take action.
Each week we will start out with a devotional teaching based on the scripture for the week. And every day after that we will provide a spiritual exercise to help you grow in your understanding, connect with God’s voice, and learn to study the Bible in a way that brings personal revelation and transformation into your life.
May these 21 days be about more than giving up coffee, Instagram, or sugar. The goal isn’t to simply give something up, but to make room for more of Jesus in your life.
Pastors Josh & Sarah
The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out. It also enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all of the good things God desires to bring into our lives.
Remember, your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your own body, know your options, and most importantly, seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do. There are several types of fasts. How you choose to fast is between you and the Lord.
// START WHERE YOU ARE
We’re all at different places in our walk with Jesus. Likewise, our jobs, daily schedules and health conditions are all different and place various levels of demand on our energy. So most importantly, whether you’ve fasted before or this is your first time, start where you are. Your personal fast should present a level of challenge to it, but it’s very important to know your own body, know your options and, most importantly, seek God in prayer and follow what that Holy Spirit leads you to do.
Take time to prayerfully consider how God is leading you.
Here are 2 key questions to take to God:
1. What are You asking me to fast FROM?
2. What are You asking me to fast FOR?
Fasting without prayer is wasted opportunity.
The goal isn’t to simply give something up, but to make room for more of Jesus in your life.
// TYPES OF FASTS
Complete Fast – This fast calls for drinking only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.
Selective Fast – This type of fast involves removing certain elements from a 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.
Partial Fast – This fast is sometimes called the Jewish Fast and involves abstaining from eating any types 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.
Media Fast – This fast is common for those who do not have much experience fasting foods, who have health issues that prevent the fasting of 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 how to carefully bring that element back into their life in an orderly fashion.
For more information on fasting, check out New Song 21 Day Fasting Guide