(Next Community Meal and Worship Gathering – 1/12/20 – 6pm. Place TBD)
Some of us are fasting this Monday. Here is some guidance if you’d like to join in…
1) Choose a focus for prayer. For Monday, I have asked people to focus the day on asking God to direct our next steps and to reveal how, where, and to whom he is calling us. This could be for personal guidance or for LoveFirst Coast. However, you can customize the focus for your prayer for whatever is on your heart.
2) Have a plan. It helps! I plan to fast from food from after dinner on Sunday night to before dinner on Monday night. That’s usually about 24 hours. There are other ways to fast. Feel free to be creative and practical. Find something that works for you. Refrain from some form of appetite, for example news, movies, talk radio, social media, going out for lunch, buying sodas, etc. One time, I cut out dairy and sugar – I really missed them! Every time I went for coffee or craved a cookie, I prayed instead. (A side note: drawing from what Jesus taught, I think it’s important that our fasting doesn’t create work or present a challenge for those around us.)
3) Do it in community. Fasting alone is fine, but whenever I have fasted at a time I know others are fasting, it has helped me stay on track. The times I’ve been able to be in touch with others through the day were even better. If you’d like to be a part of a fasting text group, just let me know, and I’ll include you. We can encourage each other through the day that way.
Let me know! I look forward to knowing God a little better as a result.
Also, 40 Days of Prayer starts January 12 using Draw the Circle. We have several folks who are already planning to be involved. Let me know if you’d like to be one of us! You can order a book or pick one up from me.