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 | November 11 – November 17
This week, the focus of our prayer is on the letter to the church at Laodicea found in Revelation 3:14-22.
The church at Laodicea had a false assessment of who they actually were. In verses 15-17, we read, “‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. 16So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. 17Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.”
Jesus had strong words for this church. While they thought they had everything, Jesus said they actually were wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked. In other words, what they saw as strengths, Jesus saw as life-defining weakness.
If we are honest with ourselves, we all have times in our lives when we lose our focus, substituting things of lesser importance for the things of greatest importance. How does this happen?
Simply, we lose our zeal, passion, and love for Jesus when we move away from Jesus. Sadly, we do not have to work at becoming lukewarm. “Lukewarm” is the standard default when we replace Jesus with other things. This is painfully distressing to Jesus because his desire is for us to experience deep tenderness and affection with him.
First, prayerfully ask God to clarify the values on which you are currently building your life. While they may be good, are they the best? Do they promote intimacy and affection with the Father? Does your current focus create the desire for you to be ablaze with Jesus?
Second, pray and give God permission to begin changing any priorities in your life that may need adjusting. Pray for your life to be the best shining example of Jesus as possible. Let Jesus ignite your heart ablaze with him.
REMEMBER: Fasting is for feasting. We all feast on something. Let your feasting be on God’s Word which will help you with priorities that result in igniting your heart, soul and passion for Jesus.
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