God, this year, is calling us as a church and as individuals to engage Him, ourselves, our families, the people around us, and even the enemy so that we can be more like Jesus and walk in His love, truth, and power.
It all starts with Jesus and at our church, fasting is how we are drawing near to Him and starting this year off right!
Why we are fasting.
God speaks in His word many times about the importance of giving Him the first of our best and the best of our first. When we honor Him as King and trust Him as Provider, we align with Him and are blessed as a result.
We are told in the Word that we are to love God and other people. In fact, the entire Bible can be summed up by these two commands. We can only do that with His help. Fasting is where we deny ourselves and our appetites for a period of time so that we can align with God and hear Him more clearly.
It’s like John the Baptist says in John 3:30, “He must increase; I must decrease” (BSB). When we give God our first through fasting, prayer, and giving at the beginning of the year, we set the course for the entire year.
The Prophetic Word: Engage
Prophecy simply means the word of God. His word is powerful. Remember, it brought all creation into existence. So when God speaks, we should definitely listen. The prophetic word that God is giving Kingdom Culture for 2022 is the word engage.
Engage: To occupy, attract, participate, involve (someone’s interest or attention), or to become involved in or with.