Have you ever had a computer crash? Maybe you were in the middle of some important work when without warning your computer just froze. When that happens, sometimes the only thing we can do is hit the reset button. Maybe some rogue program is taking up all the computer’s power, or maybe it is just trying to accomplish too many tasks at once. The reset button stops all those haywire processes and gets the machine back on line. We hit the reset button so that the computer can get itself back up to peak performance.
Sometimes people need to reset! The busyness of life can sometimes overwhelm us. Maybe we are trying to do too many things at once, or maybe something is taking up too much of our time and energy. Our internal operating system can go haywire trying to keep up with everything. When that happens, we need to do what we do with our computers. We need to reset and get ourselves back on line.
Of course, people don’t have a button we can push to bring ourselves back to peak performance. For us to do a spiritual reset, we have to take a step back from everything that is going on in our lives and breathe. We need some time to refocus on God and recommit ourselves to the kind of life that pleases Him.
The beginning of a new year is a wonderful time to do that. I want to encourage you to take some time this month to reflect on all that God did for us in 2011. I know we faced some hard times, but let’s not forget God’s mercy and love towards us even in the midst of our difficulties. God was good in 2011, and He will be good in 2012!
I would like to encourage you to spend some serious time in prayer and fasting to begin 2012 in a way that pleases the Lord. I invite you to join me and the other leaders of this church in 21 days of prayer and fasting for the purpose of hitting reset as individuals and as a church body. We will begin our fast on January 9th, and we will end it on January 29th in a special service of prayer and worship. If you have never fasted before, you will not want to miss this special time of focusing our hearts on God.
We will be telling you more about the fast as the time approaches. We plan to have a devotional guide that you can pick up from the information booth in the narthex. The guide will tell you more about different ways of fasting and give you some scriptural reflections to direct our thoughts during this important time.
I am convinced that the battles we need to win as a church can only be won through our prayer and fasting. We need a spiritual reset. Please join me in seeking God for an unprecedented move of His Spirit in our midst in 21 days of focus on prayer and fasting. If we do this together, God will work among us in ways we cannot even begin to imagine!