Join us with power and purpose in 2024.
Try 1, 3, 7, or 10 day fasting. If you’re new to fasting, maybe try a one-day or a three-day fast. Truth is, pray and do what’s in your heart. The Holy Spirit will give you the right answer. Some choose to do longer than seven days. Check back here often for scripture confession updates as well.
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 2024 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 at the end of day on January 1st and ends on the morning of January 9th. We encourage you to write down a list of prayers and goals for 2024 that you are believing God for, and then declare victory in each of these areas daily.
We are praying Isaiah 61:1-7, one verse per day:
Day 1 This is the year of healed and whole hearts. We proclaim freedom from every addiction and that we are loosed from everything that holds us back or limits us.
Day 2 This is the year of the Lord’s favor working in our lives. This is the year of comfort and provision.
Day 3 The Lord is giving us a crown of beauty, oil of joy, a garment of praise. We are called oaks of righteousness planted by the Lord for the display of His splendor.
Day 4 This is the year of rebuilding and renewing.
Day 5 We will be called priests and ministers.
Day 6 We will feed upon the wealth of nations.
Day 7 This is the year we will receive a double portion, rejoicing in our inheritance. We will inherit a double portion in our lands, and everlasting joy is ours in Jesus’ name!
3 and 7 Day Fasting options and resources:
Juice Fast: Drink only juice and water. Dr. Cherie Calbom (juiceladycherie.com) 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 daniel-fast.com.
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. 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.
Activating Faith that Changes Everything: Mustard-Seed Faith Uproots the Mulberry Tree by Dr. Maureen Anderson.
Juicing for Beginners: The Essential Guide to Juicing Recipes and Juicing for Weight Loss from Callisto Publishing
We really do hope you will join us as we enter 2024 with power and purpose.
You can also join us in re-centering our health in the new year by joining professional nutritionist Tiffone Parker for our Health Class beginning on January 10th. Find out more below: