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In the book of Ezra, the priest, Ezra, is gathering the people together to walk into a new place with a new purpose in front of them. “Then I proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from Him the right way for us and our little ones and all our possessions.” (Ezra 8:21 KJV)

We’re about to start a new year, and a fast is a great way to get things started before we go somewhere new. Fasting expresses humility, saying, “I need you, Lord. I want to go in the right direction, and I need Your protection for us and those who come after us, including our children.” We are marching into 2023 with great expectations for success. It will be a year of taking great territory in the Kingdom of God and coming into God’s promises more than ever before. So consider beginning the new year with a fast.

What do I mean by fasting? First, consult your doctor before making a significant change to your diet. There are many types of fasts. Some suggestions are below, from juice-only fasting to simply cutting out something you love that you know isn’t healthy for your body and skipping it for seven days. When you tell your body “no” to something it desires, you are silencing the voice of the flesh and establishing proper authority. It is a lot easier to be Spirit-led when the body is in submission. The old doubts and fears grow quiet, and clarity begins to come. Faith gets louder when you are fasting.

Fasting begins on the evening of January 2nd and ends on the evening of January 8th. We encourage you to write down a list of prayers and goals for 2023 that you are believing God for, and then declare victory in each of these areas daily.

We are praying Psalms 20:1-7, one verse per day:

Day 1 (January 2nd) Verse 1: May the Lord answer me in the day of trouble; may the name of the God of Jacob defend me;

Day 2 (January 3rd) Verse 2: May He send me help from the sanctuary, and strengthen me out of Zion;

Day 3 (January 4th) Verse 3: May He remember all my offerings, and accept my burnt sacrifice.

Day 4 (January 5th) Verse 4: May He grant me according to my heart’s desire, and fulfill all my purpose.

Day 5 (January 6th) Verse 5: I will rejoice in my salvation, and in the name of my God I will set up my banners! May the Lord fulfill all my petitions.

Day 6 (January 7th) Verse 6: Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He will answer me from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand.

Day 7 (January 8th) Verse 7: Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but I will remember the name of the Lord my God.

Fasting options and resources:

Juice Fast: Drink only juice and water. Dr. Cherie Calbom ( is an excellent source of information on the benefits of juice fasting.

The Daniel Fast: Drink only juice and water. Eat only fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. Find more information at

No Refined Sugar or Wheat Flour: Don’t eat or drink anything that contains added sugar or wheat flour. Read the ingredient list; you might be surprised to find how many common foods contain one or both. Some of the less obvious things you’ll want to avoid are “enriched flour, sucrose, fructose, galactose, maltose, lactose, honey, and cane sugar.”

Elimination Fast: Give up one or more foods that you enjoy but know aren’t healthy for your body.

During January, Tiffone Parker teaches a four-week Health Class at Living Word Mesa on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Tiffone is a registered dietician and CEO at Nutrition Made Simple, LLC, with experience in clinical nutrition and weight management. A registration link with more information will be available soon.

Fasting: Releasing the Miraculous Through Fasting & Prayer by our Founding Pastor, Dr. Maureen Anderson, is an excellent resource on the spiritual benefits of fasting.

We really do hope you will join us as we enter 2023 with power and purpose. Be sure to complete this registration, and we will share a daily word of encouragement with you during the fast.