I am focusing on fasting, in preparation to do some of it....and to lead others to as well.
The legacy of fasting in scripture is long and wonderful....
The whole nation of Israel was called to fast with some frequency,
John the Baptist fasted,
Jesus and His disciples did as well.
The early church did
And throughout history, the accounts of fasting are abundant: The Didache, Clement, Hermas, Luther, Wesley, Finney, Calvin, Edwards, Knox, Brainerd and a rather endless list.
Along the way I have been so amazed by discovering afresh the power and privilege of fasting.
A lady named Anna stands out. These words attached to her: prophetess, advanced in years, widow, and "worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day." (Luke 2:36-38)
And at the very time Jesus is being presented in the temple, for purification and blessing, she is there to fill God's house with prophetic thanksgiving for what He will in fact accomplish.
Fasting and prayer appoints us for the intersections of the Kingdom, and fills our lives with His presence and insight.
We get to live ahead of things and speak in faith.
So as we start this new year, I plan to bring fasting with prayer into the mix of everyday living.
And may the Kingdom of God advance through us all in this manner.
A Kingdom New Year to us all.