Covenant Community Church Vacaville, CA
CALL TO FAST AND PRAYER... OUR BEST YEAR YET!
We are fasting together to seek the leading and transformation of the Holy Spirit in our lives, as individuals and as a church. Through fasting and prayer, we humble ourselves before God so the Holy Spirit will stir our souls, and direct our church.
Jesus implied that all of His followers should fast (Matthew 6:16-18; 9:14,15). For Him it was a matter of when believers would fast, not if they would do it. Prayerfully consider who you might ask to help encourage you, pray alongside you, and help hold you accountable.
Before you fast, decide the following up front:
• What your fast will look like: I suggest one meal or one period of the day each day, throughout Lent. You can take a weekly Sabbath from the fast but I would like you to participate six days a week, throughout Lent (March 6th through April 20th.)
• What type of fast God wants you to undertake: such as water only, water and juices, or setting aside some food group.
• What type of activities you will set aside: eliminating things that distract you from listening to the Holy Spirit, such as social media, secular music or reading, TV or movies.
• The main focus of the fast is the call to prayer. We set aside things to create space to draw closer to the Lord. To help create space, I suggest stopping three times throughout the day to pray, read Scripture, and worship the Lord. This fast is not about a legalism to have less carbs or sugar or food, but is about creating a margin so that we will have transformation through the Holy Spirit.
• Begin your day in praise and worship.
• Read and meditate on God’s Word, including reading Ephesians 6:10-20 every day. o Pray for the Holy Spirit’ s transformation in your life and in our church.
• Return to prayer and God’s Word. Invite the Holy Spirit to work in you and to give you the desire to do His good pleasure, according to Philippians 2:13.
• Take a short prayer walk and spend time praying that God will speak to you.
• Take a moment to reflect on God’s faithfulness and working in your life. Longer periods of time with our Lord in prayer and study of His Word are often better spent alone. Pray for God’s work in your life and in our church. Thank God for what He is doing and all the ways He is faithful.
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