Prayer and Fasting

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“Oh, there is, in contemplating Christ, a balm for every wound; in musing on the Father, there is a quietus for every grief; and in the influence of the Holy Ghost, there is a balsam for every sore. Would you lose your sorrow? Would you drown your cares? Then go, plunge yourself in the Godhead’s deepest sea; be lost in His immensity; and you shall come forth as from a couch of rest, refreshed and invigorated. I know nothing which can so comfort the soul; so calm the swelling billows of sorrow and grief; so speak peace to the winds of trial, as a devout musing upon the subject of the Godhead.” C.H. Spurgeon

Please join us February 8-12 as we gather together as a church family for prayer. We will meet in the sanctuary at 6am each morning and simply pray for our families, our community, our state, our country and the world that God has called us into, for His glory and the good of His kingdom and children. Below is some information for your personal time of prayer and fasting, whenever and however you feel led to do that.

Definition:

Fasting: A voluntary abstinence from food for spiritual dedication, discernment, and worship.

Reasons:

1. To focus on God and promote worship. (Daniel 9:3, Acts 13:2)
2. To increase humility in prayer. (Psalm 35:13)
3. For direction and wisdom. (Nehemiah 1:4)
4. To promote dependence on God. (Mark 1:13)
5. For strength to overcome a stronghold. (Isaiah 58:6)
6. In preparation for a special event or crisis occasion. (Nehemiah 1:4)
7. In repentance over sin. (Daniel 9:1-7)

Warnings

1. Ritualism – Do not focus on the outer disci-pline. Rather, focus on the inward gain.
2. Spiritual pride – The Pharisees were rebuked by Jesus because they fasted to be noticed by men. The purpose of the fast is to humble yourself, not to give you a reason to feel out-wardly righteous.
3. Physical weakness -You may feel weak or experience headaches when you fast. This is a normal reaction and can serve as a reminder to depend on God as you fast.

“Are You Ready To Pray?”

Are all sins confessed?
Behold, the Lord’s hand is not so short that it cannot save; neither is His ear so dull that it can-not hear. But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, so that He does not hear. Isaiah 59:1,2
If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. 1 John 1:10
Are all relationships with others made right?
For if you forgive men for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions. Matthew 6:14,15
Are you seeking His will in all things?
And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him. 1 John 5:14,15
Are you seeking to glorify God above all things?
And whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it. John 14:13,14
Are you depending on the Holy Spirit’s guidance?
And in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes…for the saints according to the will of God. Romans 8:26,27
Are you trusting God in spite of what seems to be?
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5,6
Will you praise God no matter what?
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in every-thing give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Tips:

1. If you are under the care of a physician, please consult him before beginning a fast.
2. You may not feel that you can give up all three meals. Do not be concerned with that; the Lord knows your heart. The most im-portant thing is to clear your schedule for extended prayer.
3. Attempt to gather once or twice during the day with family or other church members to pray for the needs of the church. Participate in the corporate prayer gatherings when pos-sible.
4. Pray expectantly. Expect God to work in and through you.
5. Begin your time with praise and confession to lead into intercession and thanksgiving.
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stum-bling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, )before all time and now and forever. Amen.
Jude 24,25