Welcome to 2019!
Dear Kirkeibyen in Kolding and Frederecia,
We start this year with a clear and sharp focus on Jesus!
That’s why, also this year, we decide to join together in fellowship in this age-old Christian tradition and habit: to pray and fast. We’ll be doing this in the month of January. We will set Jesus first from the beginning onwards in this new year!
We invite you to join us, at home, and together with family and friends. Find a way to follow along that fits best in your everyday life. As a church and fellowship, we will be praying and fasting for 3 weeks, starting from the 6th of January 2019.
Fasting is a period where we abstain from something that is usually a normal part of our lives. The classic understanding is focused on leaving out food and drinks, but it can and will be very different from person to person. Some people will abstain from other things that take too much space in their life – I am thinking of television, social media, coffee, candy and cake, alcohol and much more.
Prayer and fasting is very central in the Christian faith. Yes, actually, Biblical fasting is older than Christianity itself; it has its origin with the Jews in the Old Testament. Jesus fasted (Luke 4), and he showed fasting as a habit just like prayer and generosity in the Sermon on the Mount. The language in the gospel of Matthew is, ‘when you pray, when you fast, when you give’ (Matt. 6). Fasting includes spirit, soul and body.
In the early church, amazing things happened when the people joined together to fast. As we read Acts (see fx. Acts 13), we see an Apostolic church who sent out servants with roots in the prophetic. “The Holy Spirit said: “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So, after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.” The Holy Spirit continues to speak, both in fellowship and individually!
Let us pray and fast together to get a sharper focus on this year, both for the big fellowship and the very personal.
Together, let us set God first from the beginning of 2019! I almost can’t imagine a better way to welcome this new year.