If you ever get to a place in your life where you feel like something is missing, it’s probably a connection problem: you are disconnected from God and too connected to the world. Prayer and fasting can have a powerful impact on setting your life back on track.
Prayer connects us to God.
The more time you spend with something or someone, the more confidence you build in it. The same is true for God. The more time you spend with God, the more your faith in Him will grow.
Fasting is one of the least known disciplines in the church, but it is a practice mentioned both in the Old and New Testament of the Bible and by Jesus Himself, and it has incredible power for our lives today.
Fasting disconnects us from the world.
Fasting isn’t about punishing yourself because God wants you to suffer, rather it’s about intentionally disconnecting from worldly things for a season so you can hear from God and experience the full life He has for you.
“I knew that if we would connect more with God in prayer and disconnect more from the world, we would have a powerful church that would do things beyond our own ability.”Pastor Chris Hodges
It was during a season of prayer and fasting in January 2000, that God gave Chris Hodges the vision for Church of the Highlands. Because our church came from a season of prayer and fasting, it has always been a value to keep prayer and fasting as a priority.
Although January is the best time of year to start a church, Pastor Chris and the team decided to postpone the launch of Highlands until February 2001, in order to devote the first of the year to prayer and fasting. From that January until now, Highlands has spent 21 days every January and August in 21 Days of Prayer, and it is one of the most important things we do as a church.