JANUARY 17 - FEBRUARY 6
Abide is a 21 day season dedicated to prayer, fasting, and worship. In John 15, Jesus gave us the command to abide in Him. To abide is the act of receiving and trusting all that God has for us in Christ. Abiding in Jesus means receiving and trusting in His words because no fruit can exist apart from the vine.
Over the next 21 days, it is our prayer that the Lord will use this season in a significant way in your life. This is a time to clear out the distractions of life, focus your heart, and seek the Lord together as a church. One primary way to draw near to Jesus is to study His Word. To help you do that, we have provided an Abide Guide that you can download! We hope this guide will assist you in focusing your heart each day.
WHAT IS PRAYER?
God started a conversation with His people (us) through His Word. Prayer is our response to Him. And here’s the awesome part, He wants to hear from us. He delights in us.
WHAT IS FASTING?
Removing things from our lives for a time to pursue intimate fellowship with God. Fasting can be an expression of finding our greatest pleasure and enjoyment in life from God. Food, or whatever we fast from, has a mastery over our lives. Fasting says, "I long to be satisfied in God alone."
WHY DO WE DO THIS AS A CHURCH?
A season of focused prayer and fasting puts our church body on the same trajectory. Imagine the power of thousands of people speaking to our heavenly Father at the same time about the same thing.
Please keep in mind that your fast is not something that has to be compared to other people’s fasts. It should be challenging for you, though. As we begin our fast, consider your health and nutritional needs.
This fast involves drinking only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.
This fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, and bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.
This fast involves abstaining from eating any type 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.
This fast is a great option if you do not have much experience fasting from food, have health issues that prevent you from fasting food, or if you wish to refocus certain areas of your life that are out of balance. For example, you might choose to stop using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast and then carefully bring that element back into your life in healthy doses after the fast.