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Wait, So It's January And You're Not Fasting?!!

"Nawa oh, you too? This is going to be a very boring month for me mehn, everybody is fasting."

"Wait, you're not fasting? You mean it's January and you're not fasting!?"

I listened to this exchange between two casual friends with a knowing smile. Speaker A wanted to hang out, have some drinks maybe, with Speaker B who happens to be her usual hang out buddy. "Nawa oh, you too?" betrays just how surprised Speaker A is, that her partner-in-crime and accomplice in club-hopping during the festive month of December has suddenly gone into reverend sister mode. 

Speaker B's response, I find even more amusing. "Wait, you mean it's January and you're not fasting?"


I've been mulling over it because I can see that a lot of Christians are fasting right now. Every church and daily devotional has their own fasting program for the month of January, for some it's 21 days, for most it 40days and I'm really hoping Redeemed pipu aren't doing their usual 100 days fasting this year (not like they complain, I'm the one who sometimes just feel sorry for them, 100 days of fasting, did you kill Jesus??? Forgive me oh but that's what I think when I hear it). 

Oh well, I guess there's a reason for everything, but is there really? Am I to believe that those fasting are destined to have a better 2016 than those who have chosen to live their lives like they do every other day or month of the year, or who just stick to their normal daily prayers? Is there any particular guarantee or blessings that come with this January fast or is it something many people do because Papa declared fasting for the church? 

I think it's a personal thing though, not something to be imposed on others. But what do you think the idea behind devoting January to fasting and prayer is? Is it a necessity or a fad you're unwilling to participate in? I would really love to know if you've had some supernatural experience as a result of a January fast you partook in, maybe it's not too late for me to start... 

Do tell! 

And btw I'm asking only because I'm genuinely curious, thank you...


  1. For me, it's laying the foundation right for the new year. I do my part and leave the rest to God. The blessings that came, I'd love to say it was as a result of God's grace and mercy.

    In other news, it's my birthday! I bless God for so much. What I deserved and didn't ,He gave me. My heart is full of gratitude.

    1. Happy birthday Enjay, I wish you all that Christ offers. Have a blessed new year

    2. Happy birthday to you ma'am. I wish you the best of God's blessings and favour this new year.

    3. Happy Birthday ma'am! God bless your new age and may His blessings never cease from your household. Enjoy your day.

    4. Yay! Happy birthday Nne m. I wish you the very best of the beautiful things in life. God bless you Enjay.

    5. Happy birthday day Enjay!

    6. Amen. Thank you very much.

    7. Happy birthday. God bless your new age and all that concerns you.

    8. Happy bday enjay wish u many more years on earth,continue to move from glory to glory. And my church had its own fast towards the end of last year,we don't usually fast in January but like everyone has said,its just a way of laying a good foundation for the new year,doesn't necessarily mean if u don't fast your year wouldn't go well.

    9. Happy birthday dear.... Wishing you the best you wish for.

    10. *covers face*

      Happy (belated) birthday Enjay! God bless you mightily!

    11. Happy Birthday Enjay


    12. Thank you, everyone. Amen to the prayers and wishes.

    13. Happy (belated) birthday Enjay! God's blessings for you and yours.

  2. I believe when you fast you are more conscious of the supernatural and you know and can hear clearly what God is saying and isnt it just good to know what God is saying for the year. I also believe that since you are fasting thereby no cooking or lunch breaks that time can be used for prayers. That been said, I think, though not sure that a lot of people fast just because everyone does and they don't want to look less religious. Most times I fast cos I sense a necessity for it. I do know though that blessings are attached to obedience to your spiritual authority. So if your pastor says to fast, if you can, fast. But please Try to take time to pray when you fast.

  3. My pastor says we are not fasting this year and to say iam happy will be an understatement.Iam beyond elated.To each their own,whatever rocks your boat.Iam confident that God has heard and answered my prayers already even without fasting but there will be times when il'd fast and pray and it will be because it's genuinely needed and not cos iam under obligation to

  4. I am not fasting and that because I am pregnant.... I am always hungry.

    1. The hunger. Like there is a chasm between your ribs and hips. At one point, my husband was afraid I would eat him.


    2. @mallama, lol. I eat like 8 times in a day and I hardly get satisfied. Hmmm. May God see us through this phase of our lives..

    3. I envy you ladies. I wish I could eat during pregnancy.


  5. My church doesn't declare any fast in January and the Redeemed fast doesn't have a specific number of days, two years ago it was 100, last year it was 40 and this year it is 50.

    I think the thing about fasting in January is just to try to lay a good foundation for the year and people just trying to start their year on a spiritual note and commit everything to God. It doesn't mean that those who don't fast will have a bad year, its a personal decision, belief and faith.

  6. Lay a good foundation in January and den refuse to build on it once its February and d rest of the months just follows.

  7. My Church doesn't declare any general fasting in January or any other month. Fasting could be prescribed for people on need basis only.



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