Starting Off Right

“Starting off right” is important in our lives. When we do this it sets the tone and trajectory of what’s next. There’s something great about starting off right. Things like marriage, careers, school, having kids, finances, starting the new year and so much more.

However, this doesn’t always happen and we can find ourselves stumbling along. The good news is we can always start again or reset what we’re doing and get a new start.

In Jesus, we have the chance to start off right. This is amazing grace.

So no matter how 2024 has begun for you, we can start the year right by setting aside time to seek God with prayer and fasting!

When we seek God, we will find Him.

”12. In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.“

Jeremiah‬ ‭29‬:‭12‬-‭13‬

Notice God promises that we will find Him! Our part is to seek Him. This takes intentionality and effort. Not in the sense of earning it but rather hungering for Him.

This is why prayer and fasting help us set aside hunger and desire and turn it toward Him. We can feed our hunger for God through prayer and fasting.

Meaning that God is going to make a way that we didn’t know was there. This is found in Psalms 77:19.

”Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters— a pathway no one knew was there!“

Psalms‬ ‭77‬:‭19‬

How can God make a way for you?

He’s willing and ready to move through your prayers and respond to your faith. This is one reason why prayer and fasting are so important in starting the year right.

Here’s the principle. When we draw near to God, He draws near to us. He responds to our hunger and desire for Him. What we feed on the most, is what we hunger for the most. This is how James says it,

”Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.“

James‬ ‭4‬:‭8‬

This is why I encourage you to engage in prayer and fasting this month. Allow God to take hold of your heart and to move through your life. Starting the year off right sets the tone for what’s next and helps us be aligned with Jesus in what He’s doing in our lives.

So, here are two thoughts to help with prayer and fasting.

1st – Make a decision.

When we make the decision, He gives the provision. Make a decision you will fast something. This posture gives clarity and focus for the duration of the fast.

This is simple but it’s profound. When we make the decision, God gives the provision. This applies to going to church regularly, giving to God, praying, fasting, being a volunteer, and more.

When we do this, we overcome being double minded and our mind locks in. This is where miracles happen. This is where God answers prayers. This is where we see God, know God, and get close to God. This is where we grow.

Decide to start the year right through prayer and fasting and watch yourself grow!

2nd – Have a specific focus.

When we pray and fast we must have a specific focus on the things and people we’re praying for. This gives direction in what we’re doing and it is a focus to our faith. Then, when God answers prayers, we can check it off and see that God did it.

This builds my faith every year because God does the things we seek Him for.

All of this helps give specific focus to what we’re doing and praying for. He’s able and ready. Our job is to ask and watch Him move.

You’ve got this! Start the year right and watch Him move!

God is with you and the best is yet to come,

Pastor David Norris

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