Again, like every other year, my church has decided to do 21 days of prayer and fasting to start off the new year. If you aren't familiar with this idea, it is pretty self-explanatory. There are so many ways you can take part in this, as it is something personal, between you and God. The basic guideline for my church is:
Week 1- Food Fast
Week 2- Media
Week 3- Something you think you can't live without
I know it sounds scary, and honestly, it can be. It's hard to stay fully committed to whatever it is that you decide to commit yourself to each week. I've chosen to do no meats (except fish) for my first week which is tough being that I am so used to eating it every day of my life. So far, it has been hard for me. I have resorted to eating fish instead of chicken and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches have been my lunch for the past two days. So, I'm hoping to get creative in the next few days!
Not only has this been physically challenging for me, but spiritually. It's all about telling your flesh no, and keeping your focus on God and saying yes to what He has for you. I have been slacking on my spiritual game in regard to keeping up with my daily devotionals that I have started and staying in contact with God every day on a consistent basis. I've been pushing myself harder these past few days and have already had a couple "a-ha!" moments. God wants to have a close relationship with us, and all we have to do is answer to Him and be open to what He has to say. My prayer for myself has been to have a new sensitivity to Him in all things and to see the way that He does.
Although this post was probably more for myself than anything else, I hope that you enjoyed it and maybe even got something out of it. I think that prayer and fasting is so important to clear your mind from all of the distractions we have and to focus in on something greater than ourselves. During our first chapel service at my school this morning, the speaker, Bryan Rouanzoin, stated "spiritual formation is the process of being conformed to the image of Christ for the sake of others." I LOVED this definition of spiritual formation that he used and was an encouraging word for me as I am at the beginning of my 21 days.
I hope that you are all having a great 2017 so far and I will try to stick to my Wednesday posts on here!
I am simply a young woman learning and loving life, trying my best in all that I do to keep Jesus at the center of it all. Follow me on my social media accounts linked on the top of the page to stay up to date!