As a church family we will begin 2023 with our annual practice spent in an intentional time of prayer & fasting. We have found this practice to be necessary and important as many of us are desperate for breakthrough, something that a practice of fasting brings forth. We are asking, “what is God waiting to pour out on our church, or our city or our lives if we would seek him through prayer & fasting?”
We’ve seen instances in the Bible when a community of people fast together, asking for the Lord’s direction (Lev. 23:27). This season of fasting together as a church will unify us as we collectively assume a posture of receiving from God by turning over our plates. As C.H. Spurgeon once reflected about a time of fasting in community with his congregation; “never has heaven’s gates stood wider; never have our hearts been nearer the central glory.”
Some of the most encouraging words that we can read as we prepare to enter into this season are found in Acts 13:2, which reads, “While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said…” We are encouraged and invigorated to know that our time of dedicating ourselves to the Lord in this way will result in us actually hearing from Him!
Daily Prayer Prompts
Each day of this journey we will be sending out 3 prayer prompts to guide you: one in the morning, one at noon, and one in the evening and this is to encourage you to pray morning, noon, and night. Receive these daily by texting “Prayer” to 855-615-6150.
This is a great opportunity to enjoy a holy quiet and stillness before the pace of the day increases and distractions begin to clamor for our attention. We encourage you to view the COTC Daily and engage with the scripture in your formation journal along with the prayer prompts.
The middle of the day is an opportunity to reflect on the morning – noticing the activity of God in and around you – and intentionally invite Him into the rest of your day. Take time to remember that God is with you, He is actively working around you, and you’re invited to join Him.
We’ll spend time each evening simply giving thanks. This practice develops and strengthens a heart of gratitude toward the Lord for what He’s done and revealed during the day.
Frequently Asked Questions
Formation Journal & Daily Videos
Each day during our fast, we will have Scripture reading that will be available in our formation journals, as well as on our COTC daily video content. Our hope is for this content to encourage you as you navigate this fast, connecting you with others in our family who are journeying alongside you. The formation journal is designed to be an easily accessible addition to the experience, and is available for pick up in person or online at the end of December. Register to receive our daily video devotionals by texting “COTCDAILY” to 855-615-6150.