How Do I Participate? 

What are we asking you to do in this 50 day period? We are asking you to do something which can be very hard to do; take an honest look at yourself in the mirror. We mean the mirror of God’s word, the Bible, with the help of the Holy Spirit. And while you are at it, take an honest look at the condition of your family, your church, your state, and your nation. See if you and God like what you see. We believe that if you do this, you will conclude that some changes need to be made; maybe even some drastic ones. You may also conclude that time is of the essence.                                

When do I begin this, and when do I finish? Prayerfully look at your calender, and ask the Lord to help you select a 50 day period of time which would be as free from distracting occasions as possible. We believe He will be delighted to help you find one. He understands that you may not be able to put your entire life on hold. Again, this is about a season of the heart.

Should I fast? Very good idea if you are able. Maybe in some way for the entire 50 days (certain meals, or desserts, etc.) or maybe just at intervals over the course of it. Discuss this also with your Maker and use wisdom. He is very gracious in His expectations, so be realistic. It is your heart he is really after, but fasting humbles the soul, and that is what we are wanting to do.

Should I change my prayer life? That depends on what it is like at present. Make prayer a higher priority if you need to. The time you save by skipping a meal could be a perfect prayer time. Pray by yourself, and with others if possible. Maybe you could even participate with some friends or your prayer group or church in this entire process.

Should I read God’s word? Definitely. That is the mirror into which we look to see the “real” us in this time of reflection. Read the passages of scripture we have referenced on the REFLECT page. As you read them, remember not to harden your heart and turn away and say “I can never do this” You are right, you cannot. But don’t be afraid; “It is God who works in you both to will and to workaccording to His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). That’s bible phrasing to say that if you give God your heart, He will produce the transformation. That’s part of the Good News; God will do what you cannot if you open the door of your heart to Him. Your job is to keep your heart honest, tender, and responsive. After you have read those scriptures, if you feel like you are ready for some change, then it is time to go to the next step…RETURN.