Hunger for the Lord
Freedom (that 2022 will be a year of Jubilee)
Power (that we'll receive an Acts 2 outpouring of the Holy Spirit, like Pentecost)
**Intercession times in Jesus Hour will be focused on the vision of the fast: Pentecost and Jubilee (Hunger/Freedom/Power).
Last Week of Fast:
Night of Celebration: Sunday, January 30, 6:30–8:45 p.m.; join us the day before the fast ends to rejoice in what God has done and gather together in celebration
End of Fast: Monday, January 31; noon & 8 p.m. Jesus Hours
Fasting is mentioned over 70 times in scripture, originating in the Old Testament, both Moses and Elijah did extended fasts but the entire nation of Israel was commanded to do n annual fast called, the Day of Atonement, for them to humble themselves and remember how God had rescued them from the hand of the Egyptians. This annual fast was continued by Jews into the New Testament. However, Jesus fasted for 40 days in the wilderness after being baptized and just before He launched into His public ministry. While with Jesus, His disciples did not fast, but once Jesus ascended, they fasted. Their fast was not for the purpose of following the ritual command of the Day of Atonement but their fasts were done out of longing to be with Jesus and desperation for the Holy Spirit's leadership.
Today, we are still invited to fast like the disciples and early church did throughout the New Testament. By removing food from our day(s) we create space for our spirits to long for Jesus and de-fasten from the world, our flesh, and the schemes of the devil. We do not just stop eating, but in place of food, we seek God, we submit to His word, we contend for breakthrough, and we repent of the sin that surfaces.
In fasting, we gain proximity to Jesus and receive power to live victorious and free.