Season of Prayer and Fasting
In 2012 one of my resolutions was to go back to church. I had just experienced an exceptionally long season of being without church and my life at the time proved just how much I needed it. In that first Sunday service of 2012, the Pastor talked about entering a season of prayer and fasting for 21 days straight. I must have been desperate for change in my life because I not only committed to it, but I somehow convinced my husband to get on board with me.
Fast forward to today, this will be our eighth year (we skipped 2013) to do a 21 day fast at the beginning of the year. Many people ask us why we do it, often mistaken it for a weight loss or New Year’s “better eating” resolution. We fast for 21 days to pray over the new year along with praying over our dreams and goals. Like our tithes, we believe in giving God our firsts because He always blesses the rest.
During our fast, I love to do a devotional or read Draw The Circle By Mark Batterson. I tend to get lost if I don’t have some sort of book to read along with my fast. I love and highly recommend Draw The Circle by Mark Batterson. This book has been life changing for me! So many different things birthed right after seasons of fasting including the name and business model for The Sweet Hive. However, not all my prayers always come to pass the way I’d like at the conclusion of a season of fasting. In fact, sometimes my prayers and requests are answered with closed doors. While it’s hard in the moment, I learned that closed doors are just as important as the ones that are opened.
If you’ve never fasted before, maybe today is your year to start. Fasting can be different for you, some fasts last one day and some last up to 40 days. I suggest making a plan before you go into it and stay as committed as you can. It will be hard, but it’s in the difficulty that you learn to lean in and depend on God.
“Fasting is not a hunger strike or a diet. Fasting is a quite different thing. Fasting is something that has been practiced for thousands of years in different ways for lots of different reasons, but the basic idea is you give up food. I know you can fast other things. You can do a digital fast or a media fast, but just to keep it neat and clean and simple, a true fast involves food. I think those other things are wonderful and good and I do them often. I practice a variety of different kinds of fasts, if you will, but in the biblical sense, it is food. And I think it is a way I say to God that I crave Him more than I crave food. It shows God how serious I am. I am hungrier for Him than food. And I think it is core, that’s why fasting is so powerful. I think it reminds us that we don’t live on bread alone. The truth is, if you can say no to food, you can say no to just about anything. And that is why is it so powerful.” – Mark Batterson
Please know you are in my prayers in this season……..
Your friend and fellow dreamer,