As we begin a new year together, we remind ourselves that prayer is not our last resort, it's our first response. Prayer should be a priority in our lives. Whether we're celebrating, mourning, seeking, or simply saying 'thank you,' our first instinct should always be to go to God in prayer.
On Sunday, January 14th, we will begin a 14-day period of fasting and prayer designed to prioritize our relationship with God and focus our attention on what matters most. How you start the year matters. We want to encourage and empower you to start 2018 seeking God's wisdom, strength, and direction for your life.
SET YOUR OBJECTIVE
Begin by deciding why you are fasting. Is it for spiritual renewal, for healing, for wisdom in a particular area, or the resolution of a specific issue? Pick the top 1-3 prayer requests or things you would like to seek God on. Don’t overwhelm yourself and make a laundry list of items. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead in deciding and clarifying your goals for fasting.
CHOOSE YOUR fAST
Your personal fast should have a high level of challenge to it, but it’s very important to know your own body, know your options, and most importantly, seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do. Remember, the goal of fasting is not just to do without food. The goal is draw nearer to God.
FOLLOW THE DEVOTION GUIDE
Follow the 14 days of reading and prayer plan provided below. This will help remind you of why you are fasting and lead you closer to God during this two week period of prayer and fasting.
BREAK THE FAST WITH US 1.28.18
Join us on Sunday, January 28, for our 1900 Night at The Murray Hill Theatre. We will break the fast together with food trucks after each service! Services at 5 PM / 7 PM.
FAST FROM THE HEART
Monday, January 15
As we enter into this season of prayer and fasting, it is all about giving God more of your heart. We fast to focus our hearts on God. We don’t fast to earn God’s love, but to remove all obstacles for a short season in order to experience more of Him. Today you can begin your fast by praying that God would help you to remove all obstacles so that you can focus solely on Him.
PUTTING GOD FIRST
Tuesday, January 16
Make it your goal in 2018 to grow spiritually like you have never grown before. Growing spiritually begins with putting God first in every area of your life and being willing to lay things down that may hinder you from putting God first. What is something that you feel like God is asking you to lay down so that you can put Him first?
Wednesday, January 17
God has greater things for you; things that you can’t even fathom! He wants to free you from things that hold you down so that you can give Him more glory. Wherever you struggle, stand secure in knowing that Jesus already secured victory over that struggle on the cross.
Thursday, January 18
You can give God your dreams and trust Him with your
difficulties. Our hope is built on the person and promises of Jesus. He will not disappoint! .
Friday, January 19
Our God is a miracle working God. All he asks of us is for us to have faith as small as a mustard seed. Ask God for greater faith and believe him for greater things this year.
Saturday, January 20
God created you with purpose. You are his masterpiece made for great things. Ask Him to reveal his purposes for you in 2018.
Sunday, January 21
Relationships with family, friends, spouses, children, and co-workers are not easy to manage at times. There can be frictions, fights and disunity. Who do you need to forgive today? Ask God to give you wisdom, power and compassion to make things right. Sometimes it may take you to make the first move, but you can do it with God’s help.
Monday, January 22
There is no better time than now to focus on your family. Make a commitment to build a God-first family in 2018. Building a God-first family begins with your heart and your commitment to put God first in all areas of your life. This can include prioritizing His word, time in His presence and making a commitment to be faithful to His house.
UNITY / RECONCILIATION
Tuesday, January 23
There is so much division and discord in our world. More than ever, the world needs to see us love one another just as God has loved us. Loving others despite their faults builds bridges and brings unity. Ask God to help you be a bridge builder and peace maker in your world starting today.
Wednesday, January 24
Marriage can be such a powerful picture of God’s love. God wants your marriage to be great. Pray for health, healing and protection over your marriage today and throughout this year.
Thursday, January 25
It is so easy to become self-absorbed with the pace and pressures of lives. Ask God to slow you down, to open your eyes to needs of the world around you and to help you to become sensitive to those who are far from Him.
Friday, January 26
Jesus came, died and was resurrected in order to build His church (Matthew 16:18). The church is the hope of the world. Pray for our pastors, leaders and church family that we all might fulfill the mission of making disciples and helping as many people as possible to lead a God-first life.
THOSE FAR FROM GOD
Saturday, January 27
Do you remember what life was like for you before you trusted Christ as your Savior? May we never forget what Christ has done for us and in us. Ask God to give you a heart for those who are far from Him and boldness to share the love of Christ with them.
CONTINUING YOUR SPIRITUAL GROWTH
Sunday, January 28
As your 14 days of prayer and fasting comes to an end, ask God to continue to help you experience greater clarity in hearing His voice daily throughout this year. In quietness and solitude, allow Him to speak to your heart. Ask Him how you can continue to grow spiritually in and through Him this year. The thoughts that come into your mind as you quiet yourself may just be His calling for you in 2018. Trust God that this will be your best year yet as you allow Him to make it your best year spiritually.