3 Pastors Explain the Life-Changing Impact of Starting the New Year 2022 with a Fast

In light of a world desperately searching for hope in the midst of chaos, we asked three pastors why they look at a fast to start New Year 2022 as being critically essential for churches and personal lives.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” – Matthew 5:6

Matthew Maher

Former professional soccer player Matthew Maher would start the beginning of each year, from 2011 to 2014, fasting for 21 days – while in prison.

As Jason Romano of Sports Spectrum reports, Maher’s career spanned a couple of seasons, but on March 1, 2009, Maher blew out his knee and his career was over. Just six days later, a decision Maher made changed his life forever. On March 7, 2009, Maher was driving drunk when he hit and killed Hort Kap. Maher was sentenced to five and a half years in prison in January 2010.

Maher said that while serving 4 years and 7 months, he returned back to the foundation of faith that he grew up in with his family.

“Fasting and praying became part of my weekly rhythms,” Maher told Think Eternity. “I would fast for 21 days, not only about what God was doing in my life, but I wanted to consecrate the first part of the year, those 21 days to the Lord.”

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Source: CBN