The end of one year and the beginning of another is always seen as a time to re-evaluate our lives and as a way for humans to get a “fresh start” or “new beginning.” People always make New Year’s Resolutions but, sadly, they are rarely kept. I’ve stopped making New Year’s Resolutions for the simple fact that I never kept the ones I did make.
Instead, this year, I am starting 2009 with fasting and prayer. I am participating in a 21 day fast from Jan. 1 through Jan. 21 as part of the Awakening America Alliance’s 21 Day Awakening Fast. This fast is a way for the American church to come together regardless of denomination and humble ourselves and pray for a new awakening – a Christ awakening – in our country.
I’m sure many people who know me would tell you that I am very patriotic. I support our troops 100% and will always stand by our military. I see what our country can be – and where our moral compass has been – and constantly pray for us to get there. Because our country was originally founded on religious freedom, I feel that this country is the best country to live in when we are following a moral code, not when we turn “from the way in which [our] fathers had walked, the way of obedience to the Lord’s commands.” (Judges 2:17)
So many times America has been compared to the Roman empire in its influence. Unfortunately, the Roman empire fell. And we may not be far behind if we don’t change the spiritual health of the nation. I have faith we can because I have faith in my God that if He wants to, He can change the hearts of the people in this country. But first, the people in America (including myself) need to “humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Please pray for strength for me to get through the next 3 weeks of fasting. It will be hard and I’m well aware of that but I feel that I need to do this.
I pray that you are all blessed in 2009 and please be safe tonight!
Happy New Year!