Together with my wife and kids, I begin the year with a FAST (the kids are on a vegetable and TV fast).
Yes, a fast.
Emptying the stomach, getting hungry, and sacrificing. But for what?
For GOD to feed our soul, fill our spirits, and freshen our faith.
For GOD to mold us.
For US to seek HIM.
For US to hear HIM.
People in the Bible fasted. They fasted to win battles or to confirm a certain leading from God. They also fasted when they were repenting or mourning.
These are all great. But every beginning of the year I fast to follow Jesus’ example. He fasted to SEEK GOD.
Jesus was about to begin his mission to save mankind, and the first act he did was not to move forward, but to take a step back and retreat. He fasted.
And HE came out of that fast in the power of the spirit (Luke 4:14), ready to take on His mankind-saving mission.
So yes, I begin the year with a fast. Not to get breakthroughs. Not to get my prayers answered.