A Corporate Fast
Joel 2:15-19 (NKJV)
15Blow the trumpet in Zion, Consecrate a fast, Call a sacred assembly; 16Gather the people, Sanctify the congregation, Assemble the elders, Gather the children and nursing babes; Let the bridegroom go out from his chamber, And the bride from her dressing room. 17Let the priests, who minister to the Lord, Weep between the porch and the altar; Let them say, “Spare Your people, O Lord, And do not give Your heritage to reproach, That the nations should rule over them. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’ ” 18Then the Lord will be zealous for His land, And pity His people. 19The Lord will answer and say to His people, “Behold, I will send you grain and new wine and oil, And you will be satisfied by them; I will no longer make you a reproach among the nations.
The Call to a Corporate Fast
Matthew 17:14-18 (NKJV)
14And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, 15“Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. 16So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him.” 17Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.” 18And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour.
Mark 9:29 (NKJV)
29So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”
Faithless – fasting connects us to God
Perverse – fasting disconnects us from the world
When we work, we work! When we fast and pray, God works!
Isaiah 58:6 (NKJV)
6 “Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke?
Prayer and Fasting brings freedom
Psalms 55:16,17 (NKJV)
16As for me, I will call upon God, And the Lord shall save me. 17Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, And He shall hear my voice.
Begin – Sunday evening, January 9th at 6pm
End – Friday evening, January 14th at 6pm
Monday – Friday at 6am
An hour of Prayer and Worship in the Sanctuary
We will be joining Church of the Highlands’ Service
Monday – Friday at Noon
An hour of Praise and Devotion given by the Pastors of New Hope in the Sanctuary
Monday – Friday at 6pm
An hour of Prayer and Devotion in the homes of the families of New Hope & close with Family Communion in the home on Friday, at 6pm
Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)
6But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
God is a Rewarder of those who seek Him
Expect God to Act
Complete Fast – Drink only liquids
Selective Fast – Remove certain foods from your diet
Partial Fast – Abstain from food during specific times during the day
Soul Fast – Abstain from social media, video games, tv, etc