As we celebrate the festive season, the birth of Christ, we should not become unmindful of the year coming to an end.
This period signifies the change of season both in the spiritual and physical realms.
The New Year is too important for us to enter in casually. We have the responsibility to hear from God about the year and commit our plans to Him.
Every meaningful project, initiative, endeavor and year begins with planning. Success begins with sitting down to plan. Success begins by first seeing what you want to achieve before you even start.
Luke 14: 28 – 30, 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,
30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
The tower represents an endeavor, purpose or a goal in life.
1.1 You don’t build because you have blocks or cement rather you build following a plan. The plan shows you what the building should look like based on what you want to use it for. The plan tells you how much blocks, cements and workers you need.
1.2 2016 is a few days away and you must plan and prepare for it. You must define your goals, targets and purpose for the coming year. Have a plan for the expansion /growth of your business and career, academic excellence, finances, savings, partnership, growth of your cells, etc.
WHAT IS PLANNING?
1. Planning is the design of a step by step approach to accomplishing a set goal.
2. It is the ordering of your priorities in order to accomplish a set goal.
3. It is the identification of actions required to help accomplish a set goal.
Planning gives value to purpose. Purpose is useless without a planning. Planning empowers purpose; so your planning determines how well you will achieve your purpose.
Nobody succeeds by accident. A plan-less future will end in frustration.
You don’t plan when you are big; your planning today is the ingredient for becoming big tomorrow.
Those who will not sit to plan today will never be in charge tomorrow.
END OF YEAR FASTING& PRAYER
Every important endeavor begins with prayerful preparation.
The End of year Prayer and fasting begins on Tuesday the 29th for 3 days; it is a time of separation, it is a time to prayerfully plan for the coming year.
Prayer and fasting are spiritual activities
And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
These activities are essential to prepare us for the New Year. The prayer and fasting is not for God to do anything.
It’s for us to be positioned to hear and know the mind of God.
During these 3 days you must be separated to
1. The study of the Word of God
Study the scriptures, listen to messages, and bombard your spirit with the word of God.
Create time for prayer, worship and fellowship. Take different times of the day to have fellowship with the Spirit. Though you go to work and are about your business, take time to fellowship with the Word, take time to pray and speak particularly in tongues.
THINGS TO DO
• Always have your writing materials with you during your times of fellowship because the Spirit of God will speak to you. He will inspire thoughts and ideas in your spirit, write them down and meditate on them,
• Cut off distractions and focus on receiving guidance and direction from the Holy Spirit. (Avoid watching TV, Soccer or movies for those 3 days)
• Make sure you attend the prayer meetings in the evenings in church (Tuesday & Wednesday).
WAKE UP EARLY TO STUDY, PRAY & SEPARATE YOURSELF UNTO GOD
In Mark 1:35,
35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.
Jesus woke up a “great while before day” means the very early hours of the day before daily activities begin.
This time of the day is very strategic because are no distractions as people are sleeping and the atmosphere is quiet and calm.
Take advantage of the early hours of the morning before you prepare for work, business or school. Start your day from the place of deep fellowship; there are no distractions at this time so you can focus on deep study and prayer.
Matthew 14: 22 -23
22 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.
23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.
After feeding 5,000 people Jesus wisely separated himself from his disciples to be alone to pray and fellowship with the Father.
These 3 days are not times for conversing (gisting) with friends or family members. Your bible must be your companion alongside praying. Make adequate and solid investment in your life in these 3 days of fasting and praying.
Very importantly, attend the December 31st Service with our Man of God and receive the Rhema (the spoken Word of God) for 2016. Position yourself rightly with the accurate and precise Word of the Spirit for a glorious and victorious 2016. Remember, one Word from God will change your life forever!