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RESET 2021

A chance to sharpen areas that we have allowed the pandemic to drain us of spiritual vitality.

“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing” Isaiah 43:18

Monday, January 4th through Friday, January 8th

Times: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

If you aren't able to do a 12-hour fast, please fast a meal (i.e. breakfast, lunch, dinner).

Note: we will be starting at 6 a.m. on Monday

WHAT IS A FAST?

Fasting is a way to demonstrate to God, and to ourselves, that we are serious about our relationship with Him. Fasting helps us gain a new perspective and a renewed reliance upon God. The book of Acts records believers fasting before they made important decisions (Acts 13:2; 14:23). Fasting and prayer are often linked together in scriptures (Luke 2:37; 5:33). By taking our eyes off the things of this world, we can more successfully turn our attention to Christ. Fasting is not a way to get God to do what we want – fasting changes us, not the other way around.

WHAT AM I FASTING FROM?

We will fast primarily from food and drastically cut down our time on media. This includes fasting from TV, non-work-related internet browsing and most social media (with the exception of church community activities, etc.). 


During the times we would normally spend eating and browsing social media, we are asking that you replace that time with prayer and Bible reading. Even though you are able to eat at 6pm you are encouraged to keep social media, TV, and non-work related Internet browsing to a minimum.

WHAT IS RESET 2021?

Whenever an electronic device malfunctions, one of the first steps of troubleshooting is turning the device off and back on, allowing the malfunctioning gadget to reset. For many of us, 2020 was filled with unexpected hardships which often lead to spiritual dullness. RESET 2021 is a corporate fast which will hopefully encourage us all to spiritually sharpen any areas that were left drained by the pandemic and put us on a path towards spiritual vitality for the new year. Throughout the history of the church, the elders and leaders would call for and participate in a dedicated time for fasting and prayer. We are given great example of this when we look at the Prophet Joel who advised Israel to fast during a time of spiritual disconnection (Joel 1). For the last several years, Epiphany Church has consistently dedicated the first full week of the year as a time of fasting, prayer and connection with the Lord.

Prayer for Discernment on What to Reset


Everyone who is able is encouraged to join together via Zoom to begin the week of prayer and fasting.

PRAYER POINTS

• Pray for clarity on spiritually dull areas (Luke 24:32)

•  Pray for a heart of repentance (Ps 51:1-5)

•  Pray for consistent encounters with Jesus (Luke 19:1-9)


Scripture readings 


While you can (and should) have your own prayers to bring before God during the week, there are also some points that we would love to be praying for together as a church body. Use these for direction, and be encouraged that your brothers and sisters will be praying together with you as well.


Additionally, to aid in hearing from the Lord during this week, we are attaching some scriptures for you to read through prayerfully and slowly. Think about every word that you read. As you read, ask God “what do you want me to do with this?” These verses are suggestions – they are meant to help if you don’t know where to start reading in the Bible, or as a supplement to your current devotional reading.  

 

Monday: Luke 24:32, Ps 51:1-5, Luke 19:1-9

Prayer for Peace in 2021


As you finish the day on Tuesday, head on over to our Instagram page (be careful not to wander astray!) so we can all prepare a healthy meal together before ending the day’s fast with prayer and breaking bread together virtually.


5:30pm Prayer and Cooking (via Epiphany Church IG Live)

PRAYER POINTS

•  Pray for peace of mind (Phil 4:6-7)

•  Pray for peace in relationships (Col 3:15)

•  Pray for peace in the body of Christ (John 17:21)


Scripture readings 

 

While you can (and should) have your own prayers to bring before God during the week, there are also some points that we would love to be praying for together as a church body. Use these for direction, and be encouraged that your brothers and sisters will be praying together with you as well.


Additionally, to aid in hearing from the Lord during this week, we are attaching some scriptures for you to read through prayerfully and slowly. Think about every word that you read. As you read, ask God “what do you want me to do with this?” These verses are suggestions – they are meant to help if you don’t know where to start reading in the Bible, or as a supplement to your current devotional reading.  

 

Tuesday: Phil 4:6-7, Col 3:15, John 17:21

Cooking With Teisha Ingredients

Coconut Curry Delight (serves 2)

Sauce

- 3/4 cup coconut milk (keep more on hand)

- 1/4 cup of diced tomatoes (fresh or canned works too; just be sure the ingredients are just diced tomatoes; salt is okay)

- sprig of thyme; remove from stem, 2 diced scallion stick, 1/2 - 1 TBSP minced red onion & 2 tsp minced garlic

- 1/4 cup water; keep a little extra on the side 

- 1-2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil

- 1.5 tsp cumin

- 1.5 tsp paprika

- 3/8 tsp turmeric

- 3/8 tsp curry powder

- 1/2 tsp black pepper

- 3/8 tsp ground ginger

- salt to taste 


Vegetables/Legume 

- 1/4 of a 1lb bag/bundle of asparagus; snapped & chopped

- Cauliflower 3/4 cup, chopped into smaller pieces

- 1/2 can of chickpeas (use entire can if omitting shrimp)

- Quarter red bell pepper, chopped 


Shrimp 

- 16 pieces of shrimp

- 3/8 tsp paprika

- 3/8 tsp cumin

- 3/8 tsp turmeric

- 3/8 tsp curry powder

- 1/8 tsp black pepper

- 1/4 tsp garlic powder

- Salt to taste

- Fresh parsley for garnish (optional)

- Sprinkle of Allspice (optional)


Rice or Quinoa

Rice: 1 cup white rice (jasmine, long grain enriched, or your personal preference), 1.5 cups water, extra virgin olive oil, salt to taste, minced garlic

Quinoa: 1/2 cup quinoa, 1 cup vegetable broth or water, garlic powder, onion powder, salt to taste


Supplies Needed

Chopping board

Knife for cutting/chopping

Spoons

Fork

Utensil for stirring

Skillet or pan

Small pot

Measuring spoons

Measuring cups

bowl or plate to fit your meal

small (4-5") round bowl (optional)

Prayer for Epiphany Church 


If you’re looking for encouragement and teaching while you attempt to focus on aligning your heart with God’s will during the week, this time of Bible Study will be a great opportunity to be spiritually strengthened.


Prayer & Bible Study @ 6:00pm (Epiphany Church YouTube & Facebook)

PRAYER POINTS

  • Pray that our church would have a deeper knowledge of God (Eph. 1:17) 
  • Pray for our pastors, that God would use them as they lead the church and preach the gospel (Eph. 6:19-20) 
  • Pray for the spiritual and natural growth of our church (Acts 2:41)
  • Pray for deeper community and discipleship among believers in the church (Acts 2:42-47)


Scripture readings 

 

While you can (and should) have your own prayers to bring before God during the week, there are also some points that we would love to be praying for together as a church body. Use these for direction, and be encouraged that your brothers and sisters will be praying together with you as well.


Additionally, to aid in hearing from the Lord during this week, we are attaching some scriptures for you to read through prayerfully and slowly. Think about every word that you read. As you read, ask God “what do you want me to do with this?” These verses are suggestions – they are meant to help if you don’t know where to start reading in the Bible, or as a supplement to your current devotional reading.   

 

Wednesday: Eph. 1:17, Eph. 6:19-20, Acts 2:41, Acts 2:42-47

Prayer for the Nation


Withstanding troubling times can be challenging, but one thing that can help you remain connected to God is maintaining a commitment to worship. On this evening, we will have some gifted artists bring you the top ten worship songs that got them through 2020, while delivering some encouragement as well!


2020 Top Ten Worship Songs @ 6pm (via Epiphany Church IG Live)

PRAYER POINTS

•  Pray for repentance and revival over racism (Eph 2:14-16)

•  Pray for the upcoming administration (1 Tim 2:1-4)

•  Pray for equality among our local and federal laws (Jer 29:7)


Scripture readings 

 

While you can (and should) have your own prayers to bring before God during the week, there are also some points that we would love to be praying for together as a church body. Use these for direction, and be encouraged that your brothers and sisters will be praying together with you as well.


Additionally, to aid in hearing from the Lord during this week, we are attaching some scriptures for you to read through prayerfully and slowly. Think about every word that you read. As you read, ask God “what do you want me to do with this?” These verses are suggestions – they are meant to help if you don’t know where to start reading in the Bible, or as a supplement to your current devotional reading.   


Thursday: Eph 2:14-16, 1 Tim 2:1-4, Jer 29:7

Prayer for Newness in Your Spiritual Walk


We’d love to end the week together by gathering virtually once again, and as we do each year, we will open up the floor for testimonies on how the week impacted your individual life before ending together in prayer.


6:00pm Testimony Service (via Epiphany Church YouTube & Facebook)

PRAYER POINTS

•  Pray for newness in your walk (Isaiah 43:18)

•  Pray for a recommitment to reading your word (2 Tim 3:16)

•  Pray for a deeper commitment to prayer (Phil 4:6-7)


Scripture readings 

 

While you can (and should) have your own prayers to bring before God during the week, there are also some points that we would love to be praying for together as a church body. Use these for direction, and be encouraged that your brothers and sisters will be praying together with you as well.


Additionally, to aid in hearing from the Lord during this week, we are attaching some scriptures for you to read through prayerfully and slowly. Think about every word that you read. As you read, ask God “what do you want me to do with this?” These verses are suggestions – they are meant to help if you don’t know where to start reading in the Bible, or as a supplement to your current devotional reading.  


Friday: Isaiah 43:18, 2 Tim 3:16, Phil 4:6-7

The fast is over at 6:00 pm on Friday. We are encouraging you to break the fast while participating in our livestream testimony service.