Prayer and Fasting
This fall (September 17 through November 24), we will be walking through Revelation 1-3 and studying the seven letters to the churches. Every letter is written with the same primary vision: The church ablaze with the glory of Christ! God has created the church that it might experience and display the glory of Jesus Christ. These letters help us know how to do that.
Every letter ends with these words, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” We want to hear what the Spirit is saying to us. For that reason, we are asking you to considering fasting and praying various times throughout this fall. You can choose one day, one day a week, two days a week, or any other variation. Our goal is to have at least ONE PERSON fasting EVERY DAY throughout the fall. Note: An unlimited number of individuals may sign up to pray/fast on any day. Once a day is “grey” on the calendar, you may continue to sign up for that day. “Grey” simply means that multiple people have already signed up for that particular day.
NOTE on fasting: there are a number of different ways to fast. You might fast from music, television, or even fast a lunch one day a week. The goal is to find a way to dedicate time to hear the word and pray. The PURPOSE of fasting is feasting. Feasting on God’s word and prayer. The goal is to take some time out to hear from God and pray for our church.
PRAYER GUIDES: Every week we will be posting a prayer guide (available at the bottom of this page) to assist you in prayer. The prayer guide will be a reflection of the sermon each Sunday.
- EXPLAINED We do not have to fast from just food. We can fast from food, media, or anything else that takes our attention from God.
- EXPECTED Jesus assumes that we will fast: “and when you give … and when you pray … and when you fast ….” (Matthew 6:1-7)
- DONE FOR A PURPOSE We fast for many reasons. Some of them are to strengthen prayer, to see God’s guidance, to humble oneself before God, and to express concern for the work of God. (Daniel 9:3, Acts 14:23, I Kings 21:27-29, Nehemiah 1:3-4)
Prayer Guide for the Week:
This week, as we fast and pray, let us continue to meditate upon the vision of Jesus in Revelation 1:12-16. Read it over and over again and ask the Lord to not only give you ears to hear, but eyes to see the glory of Jesus Christ.
A great accompanying passage is Psalm 145. Verse 5 says, “On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and your wondrous works, I will meditate.” David tells us that it is his habit to meditate on “the glorious splendor” of God’s majesty. Take some time to read Psalm 145 and meditate on what it says about the Lord. Use the words of that Psalm to lead you to prayer.
Passages like Psalm 24 and Psalm 93 are also great passages to help us focus on the majesty of the Lord.
As we begin to walk through the letters to the seven churches in Revelation 2-3 this coming week, pray that God would give our church ears to hear. Pray that every sermon will be used by God to encourage us in areas in which we are doing well and expose any areas in which we are lacking. Pray that God would expose any strongholds (lies that we have believed) that might keep us from being the church that God wants us to be.
Also, continue to pray the words of Isaiah 64. This is one of the greatest revival prayers in the Bible. As Adrian Rogers used to say, “Revival is when God comes down.” Isaiah 64 pleads with the Lord to “rend the heavens and come down.” Let’s make that our primary prayer this fall.
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