Today begins our one week fast for our mission trip to the Apache Indian Reservation in Whiteriver, AZ June 21 - July 1. If you are attending, you are well aware of this fast. Each time I begin a fast, the beginning is difficult. As I stick with it, my Spirit becomes more in tune with God's Spirit, and I begin to see breakthroughs in my walk with Him. At that point, it becomes easy because I know I am sacrificing something so small in comparison to the battles that are being won in the Spirit realm. If you are reading this and are not a part of the trip, but would like to contribute by fasting yourself, we would be delighted to hear! The way Josh and I are fasting is we are eating only one meal a day for four days. Then we will do a "water only" fast for the last three days.
Here are some focuses for our prayer time during our fast:
1. God's protection over our group as we travel.
2. Spiritual breakthroughs in the people on the reservation.
3. Spiritual breakthrough and renewal in our personal devotional lives.
4. Spiritual growth in our team through evangelizing and ministering to the people on the Rez.
5. Wisdom and favor among the people
6. A complete healing work in Asheigh McIntyre's body
We encourage you to create your own list. Include prayer focuses for the reservation, but also include prayer focuses for your own personal life. Some things come through fasting that do not come by prayer alone. So we encourage you to go for it, and see what God will do!
As you fast, read chapter 58 of Isaiah. This chapter breaks down the promises of true fasting. We miss so much in our walk with God when we overlook this spiritual discipline! Our prayer is that God will give you the strength and determination to make the sacrifices necessary to see sweet rewards and breakthroughs in your life!