As far back as I can remember the SUMite Nation has fasted together the first full week of January. Well, at least for more than a decade now. That's amazing!
I’m convinced that any type of fast we offer the Lord, opens up the prayer line to our Father. However, a genuine food fast, in the manner that Jesus speaks, is truly life-changing.
Today, set your mind to fast with all of us.
The fast begins Monday, January 3rd at sunup. Fasting concluded on Friday, January 7th at sundown. If at all possible, fast solid foods through the entire week. End the week with the Lord’s Supper (Recipe below).
Or offer a daily fast from solid foods from sunup to sundown, taking the Lord’s Supper at the end of the day (recipe below).
Or fast sunup and then a small meal at night with the family. And finally, I urge you, fast time away from your phone and devices. Avoid television if you can and put your phone down. Don’t take your phone into your quiet time (this is a reminder to myself, ack!!!).
Fasting is a humbling process. It’s not arm twisting the Lord. But when we are humbled, our prayers become the loudest. Humility and honor are the keys to an audience with the King.
In addition to fasting. Get a large candle. Light it each morning and leave it in a room where you will see the flame flickering often. Each time you see the flame, pray.
Jesus, what is your favorite thing about me?
Jesus, what word are you speaking over my life in this season?
Jesus, how can I pray with more effectiveness for my family? Home, Church, City, Nation?
Jesus, what areas exist in my life that give our enemy legal rights to oppress me? My children? My Spouse? Nation?
Jesus, how to I gain freedom in these areas?
Okay, finally, in the comments, I want you to state to the enemy: I AM PRAYING AND FASTING.
Here is the recipe. Thank you for my great friend, Jeanne Ritari! Jean, you ROCK! I’ve made this bread and it truly will bring you closer to the reality of communion and the love of Jesus.
- 1 cup warm milk
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- Pinch of salt
Oven 400 F/ 200 C
Warm the milk and dissolve the honey in it. In a medium bowl, stir the flour into the milk and add a pinch of salt. Combine well and knead very briefly (only enough to incorporate the flour.)
Divide dough into 6 or 8 equal parts. Form each part into a ball and pat or roll into a rough circle. Divide into four or six triangles using a knife or pizza cutter. Place on a baking sheet (I use parchment paper to avoid sticking.) Repeat with all the balls of dough (you may need more than one baking sheet.) Prick all the discs several times with a fork.
Place the baking sheet in a hot oven for 15 minutes. Remove and let cool. Store in refrigerator (it keeps for several days), or wrap unused portion well and freeze until needed.