“Start the New Year With Extraordinary Prayer” – this is the title of an article on fasting and prayer written by Pastor Jentzen Franklin in a past issue of Charisma Magazine.
In this article Pastor Franklin gives three reasons why starting the year with a fast in a good practice:
1. Reason #1 – “By doing so, you set the course for the rest of the year”.
2. Reason #2 – “Blessings will happen for you and your family throughout the year because you fasted in January”.
3. Reason # 3 – “When you fast at the beginning of the year, you release the principle found in Matthew 6:33; “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these other things will be added to you”.
We are entering this fast NOT out of obligation, but with a sense of expectation!
God honors fasting because fasting honors God!
If you are a pastor, I want to encourage you to utilize the resources we have made available to you on the CD you received in December.
I also want to encourage you to go to the website http://www.awake21.org and watch the video messages from their “Virtual Conference”. Last night’s message by Pastor Stovall Weems is excellent.
God is positioning and preparing His church to be in a Kingdom Moment, and He has purposed for the Church of God in Virginia to be a significant part it.
Through fasting and prayer and ministry partnership God is using you, your church–all of us to build His Kingdom! What a great privilege and opportunity.