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the 2021 fasting & consecration schedule.
The word ‘consecrate’ means “to declare or set apart…be removed from.” In some versions, the word ‘consecrate’ means “to make hallow or vulnerable.”
And as we anticipate January's Consecration Month, I want to remind you that you are making yourself vulnerable to the word of God!
Just for you, we have an updated version of the Consecration Calendar complete with new rejuvenating scriptures and prayer focuses! Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God (Leviticus 20:7).
What I find so interesting about the above scripture is the sentence structure. The adverb “therefore” modifies the transitive verb “consecrate” which is essentially telling the reader that if you declare or set apart, dedicate yourself for a sacred purpose, if you irrevocably devote yourself to God, there is NO WAY you cannot be holy, in pleasing God, for ‘He’ is holy! (Leviticus 11:45). Fantastic guidelines to live by–wouldn’t you agree?
A Recommitment to Christian Stewardship
A steward is one who is entrusted with the possessions of another. A good steward is responsible for handling these possessions in a wise manner.
Although God owns everything (Psalm 24:1), he allows us to manage (or to exercise stewardship over) the resources of the earth. Christians also are stewards of the Gospel message. We are responsible for sharing the good news and ministering to those in need of salvation. In our personal lives, we are stewards of our individual gifts and talents, our time, our health (spiritual, emotional, and physical), and our finances. God expects for us to manage his gifts and resources with both faithfulness and productivity (Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 12:42-48).
Whatever we have has been graciously given to us by God. In 2020, let us use every resource that God has provided to benefit the establishment of his kingdom in our city, in this nation, and in the world. As we put God first, he will bless every area of our lives (Matthew 6:33).
Purpose of this Consecration Calendar
Along the goals of Christian Stewardship, the purpose of this consecration calendar is to unite our church in prayer as we enter into the New Year. A consecration is a short season in which the people of God dedicate themselves to seeking him in special and focused ways. Our January consecration will consist of corporate prayer and fasting (see Isaiah 58, Daniel 10:3, Matthew 4:2, Esther 4:16, etc.).
Please read and reflect on each daily theme and Scripture and adhere to the short prayer instruction for that day.