PRAYER + FASTING
We are taking from January 10th – 31st to focus on prayer & fasting. The starting point for all significant works of God is prayer. It is here that we have an opportunity to interact with the Spirit of God and participate in the work of bringing redemption to our city and healing into our lives. In the book of John, Jesus invites us to ask anything in his name (His nature), and he will do it. We want to boldly and continually pray for his Kingdom to come.
“I am convinced, however, that our constant activity is fruitless without first making that humble act of kneeling to pray. I am convinced that prayer is not only our greatest privilege, but also our greatest source of power.” Pete Greig
“To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world.” Karl Barth
“If we truly love people, we will desire for them far more than it is within our power to give them, and this will lead us to prayer: Intercession is a way of loving others.” Richard Foster
Fasting is the deliberate, temporary abstention from food for religious reasons. Fasting is a means by which the disciple of Jesus prays with their entire body. After all, you are not simply a spirit in a body; you are a spirit and a body. The discipline of fasting draws our attention to both our spiritual and our physical being. In fasting, the great hunger of the heart and mind for answered prayer permeates the body itself. Fasting fosters an internal intimacy, a quiet space, in which God’s voice has more room. God is relational. Like any other intimate relationship, we hear one another better when we focus our entire person on the other. Fasting is not a hunger strike, but it is a way of expressing to God our hunger for him to move in our life.
– No one—least of all God—expects you to be an expert, already fluent in the art of fasting. Take baby steps, if you’ve never fasted before then just start with one meal. Once you’ve tried that a few times, try fasting from your evening meal one day to your evening meal the next day.
– As you fast, allow the hunger you feel to prompt you towards prayer. Use the time you would normally eat in communion with God, engaging one of the above conversations with him. Look for what begins to stir in you that you normally keep at bay through comfort eating and drinking. If anger, for example, starts to rise, invite God into it and ask him what the cause of that anger really is.
“The discipline of fasting can focus our prayers in the way that a magnifying glass can focus sunlight to start a fire.” Pete Greig
DAY 1 – RENEW MY HEART – PSALM 51:10 – PSALM 139:23-24
DAY 2 – DEEPEN MY INTIMACY WITH YOU GOD – JOHN 15:1-5 – ZEPHANIAH 3:17
DAY 3 – HEAL MY BODY & SOUL – JEREMIAH 30:17 – PSALM 147:3
DAY 4 – FRESH REVELATION OF MY UNIQUE GOD GIVEN IDENTITY – 1 PETER 2:9 – GAL 2:20
DAY 5 – STRENGTH & CONSISTENCY IN MY SPIRITUAL WALK – 1 COR 15:58 – GAL 6:9
DAY 6 – GROW MY LOVE FOR ANOTHER – JOHN 13:34-35 – GAL 5:13
DAY 7 – HEART OF FORGIVENESS – PSALM 86:5 – COL 3:13
DAY 8 – HEART FOR UNITY OVER DIVISION – 1 PETER 3:8 – COL 3:14-15
DAY 9 – HEART OF GENEROSITY ARISE – PROV 11:25 – 1 JOHN 3:16-18
DAY 10 – HEART STIRRED FOR THE LOST – MATT 9:37-38 – 1 COR 9:22
DAY 11 – AS POINT VIEW CHURCH WE GROW CLOSER TO JESUS – PSALM 27:4-8 – ISAIAH 55:6-7
DAY 12 – GIVE WISDOM & FAVOR TO EACH OF US IN OUR KINGDOM WORKS – EPH 2:8-10 – PSALM 90:17
DAY 13 – POINT VIEW LEADERSHIP – HEB 13:20-21 – GAL 6:9
DAY 14 – POINT VIEW CHURCH REACHING THE LOST – ACTS 1:8 – 2 COR 5:18-20
DAY 15 – POINT VIEW KIDS & YOUTH MINISTRY – JER 29:11 – 1 TIM 4:12
DAY 16 – RENEWAL/REVIVAL & UNITY OF CHURCHES IN THIS NATION – PSALM 85:6 – ISAIAH 57:15
DAY 17 – HEARTS IN THIS NATION WOULD TURN TO JESUS – 2 CHRON 7:14 – ISAIAH 45:22
DAY 18 – COVID-19 – HEALTH & ECONOMIC RESTORATION – PSALM 91 – JER 29:7
DAY 19 – UNITY FOR THIS NATION – JOHN 17:23 – PSALM 133 –
DAY 20 – RAISE UP GODLY MEN & WOMEN TO INFLUENCE FOR HIS KINGDOM – DANIEL 2:21 – PROV 18:16
DAY 21 – GOVERNMENT LEADERS – STRENGTH & WISDOM, OPEN EARS TO HEAR – 1TIM 2:1-3 – 2 CHRON 1:10