In light of a world desperately seeking hope amid chaos, we asked three pastors why they consider a fast to start the New Year 2022 essential for churches and personal life.
“Happy are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. ” – Matthew 5: 6
Former professional footballer Matthew Maher would start the start of each year, 2011-2014, fasting for 21 days – in prison.
Like Jason Romano from Sports spectrum reports, Maher his career lasted a few seasons, but on March 1, 2009, Maher blew his knee and his career was over. Just six days later, a decision Maher made changed her life forever. On March 7, 2009, Maher was driving drunk when he hit and killed Hort Kap. Maher was sentenced to five and a half years in prison in January 2010.
Maher said that by serving 4 years and 7 months he returned to the foundation of faith he grew up in with his family.
“Fasting and praying have become part of my weekly rhythms,” Maher said. Think about eternity. “I would fast for 21 days, not only for what God was doing in my life, but I wanted to dedicate the first part of the year, those 21 days to the Lord.”
After his release from prison, he created TruthoverTrend.com. Maher is also a pastor teaching at Coastal Christian Church in Ocean City, New Jersey, and is a much sought-after speaker.
“While in prison, he began the year with a 21-day fast which helped give the spiritual clarity and enthusiasm that would arise from the hunger and thirst of the Lord,” he said. declared. “All at the same time, in order to finally abstain or say ‘no’ to things of the world or of the flesh. “
Maher joined the Fast of the Roaring Twenties in 2020 and said the move was “right in my spiritual lane”.
“There are people all across the country fasting, and 2020 is like that dividing line that we can all look back on and say, “The world has changed and it is not going back”” he said. “We are in desperate need of a renewal for people who call themselves Christians to come back to a biblical understanding, ultimately, to come back to a biblical Jesus.
“I want more of God. The fastest way to meet more of God on a deeper level is through fasting. »- Malachi O’Brien, Rapide of the Roaring Twenties
Multi-site Pastor Mike Kai Inspire the church in Hawaii said he often asks his church to fast, especially early in the year.
“Fasting recalibrating the heart of the church. When the heart of the church is recalibrated and realigned with God’s plans and goals, there is nothing God wouldn’t do for the church, ”Kai said. Think about eternity.
“Before I can preach, before I can evangelize on a large scale, I truly believe that the church has to go through repentance and fasting first,” he said.
Kai, whose personal interest includes studying revival movements around the world in history, believes the church is in need of a revival and revival.
“Revival brings to life something that was once alive, but is now close to death,” Kai said. “Historically, a revival is when God sovereignly pours out his spirit on a place and on other people. “
He adds, “When the corporate church is called to fast, then God moves in the church. When it moves inside the building, it moves outside the buildings. Then He will sovereignly pour out His Spirit once more. “
Kai shares that in her personal life, fasting and prayer have helped bring “a rebellious girl home to Jesus” and have strengthened her marital commitment.
“It makes me more sensitive to the Holy Spirit, whether it’s through intermittent fasting or conventional fasting,” he said. “Prayer sets the tone, but fasting sets the pace.”
“The results are as follows: America’s stage four cancer has metastasized into family and church as well as into government and schools. We are more depraved than ever, ”Pastor Shane Idleman of Westside Christian Community in Leona Valley, Calif., states in her post, Why revival is America’s only hope!
In an email interview with Think about eternity, Idleman shared, “We see throughout the Bible that there is only one remedy, one solution, one remedy to overturn God’s judgment: revival. In times of crisis, the remedy for judgment was to return to God:
“Consecrate a fast, call a sacred assembly; Gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land to the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD. – Joel 1:14
SHANE IDLEMAN: WHY AMERICA SHOULD BE FAST
“Revival changes a nation from within,” Idleman said. “Benjamin Franklin, commenting on George Whitefield’s preaching, said this about the revival sweeping the land:“ It was wonderful to see the change soon made in the mores of our people. From being thoughtless or indifferent to religion, it seemed like everyone was becoming religious.
Idleman extends the call of Fast of the Roaring Twenties 2022 leaders asking a million people, especially young people, to fast and pray at the start of the new year and throughout the decade.
“The hunger for food is replaced by the hunger for God” he said.
In October 2021, Idleman said his church was called to pray and fast. The church was held every evening for two weeks at 6 p.m.
“The atmosphere, at times, was overwhelming,” he said. “We have had a full altar call, dozens of baptisms and countless lives changed. As the ancients said, “God has heard our cries and has shown himself today.”
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