Prayer and Fasting

It’s prayer and fasting time for Victory Christian Fellowship. No other time of the year is this activity so fitting than in the first week of January, first, because it’s a time when everyone’s actively mapping out life directions for the next twelve months, and second, because after all the festivities of Christmas and New Year, it is the perfect time to detox, slow down on eating and get back to normal daily routines. Not that fasting is the proper way to do it but, well, I just can’t help but associate these two in my head.

So this year, our prayer and fasting schedule is slated on January 7- 13. That’s less than 24 hours away. At sunrise tomorrow, Victory people will be refusing food for the next seven days. Sounds a bit scary to me but this time around, I resolve to brave the hunger pangs and join in the fasting. For the first time since I joined Victory in 2006, I’m gonna be part of this year’s grueling spiritual exercise.

Something about 2011 compels me to do it. Instead of passively waiting for things to happen, I intend to storm the heavens with prayer and audacity to ask God for clarity about so many things. I intend to humble myself and seek God’s face so I could take hold of the things that I have been harping about in my silent prayers. Vision, direction, calling, stuff that have kept me awake late into the night in the past year. I know this is my time to ask and get my answers.

“This year is the year of the favor of the Lord,” I heard Pastor Ferdie declare that in church last Sunday. It’s different for me though. I believe that this is the year of the vengeance of God for my life, vengeance on the enemy who stole a lot of good things from me in the past. The time has come for God to restore me to my rightful place in His presence and take me back to where He wanted me in the first place.