Prayer, Fasting, and Consecration Week
January 7, 2019 to January 11, 2019
All DayCategory: Prayer Meeting Prayer Cluster
Each year we join our Every Nation family in a week of prayer and fasting, to thank God for the year that's past and pray for the year ahead.
Great things happen when God's people pray:
- In Acts 4, after Peter and John reported on their ordeal at the hands of religious leaders, the people responded by praying: 'And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness' (Acts 4:31).
- In Acts 13, when church leaders prayed, the Holy Spirit spoke, Paul and Barnabus were sent out, and the Mediterranean world was reached with the gospel (Acts 13:1-3).
Along with prayer, fasting is a spiritual tool God uses to advance his kingdom, change the destiny of nations, spark revival, and bring victory in people’s lives (see below for practical information on fasting). At the beginning of every year, we join with Every Nation churches across the world for five days of prayer and fasting to humble ourselves before God, consecrate ourselves to him for the upcoming year, and corporately agree for God's purpose to be accomplished in our lives, families, church, and in the nations.
During the week, we have prayer clusters - find one that works for you:
- Prayer Cluster 1 - Monday evening, Bathgate
- Prayer Cluster 2 - Tuesday evening, Armadale
- Prayer Cluster 3 - Wednesday evening, Bathgate
- Prayer Cluster 4 - Thursday morning, Bathgate
- Prayer Cluster 5 - Thursday evening, Bathgate
- Night of Victory: Prayer, Praise, and Worship - Friday evening, Bathgate
Let's focus in fasting, pray powerfully, and worship passionately to start the year!
An invitation from Steve Murrell
Here's how to be involved:
1. Download and read through the 2019 Prayer and Fasting Guide
2. Prayerfully consider how to be involved: fasting ranges from water-only to giving up social media. You can mix and match to find an approach that works for you.
3. Participate in a Prayer Clusters: during the week of 7-11 January, there will be prayer clusters each day of the week. Come along to one - or more! - and let's start the year with seeking the Lord.
PRACTICAL GUIDE TO FASTING
PLANNING FOR THE FAST
Then Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”
JOSHUA 3:5 (ESV)
Pray—Spend time reading the Bible before the fast. Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance in your prayers. On pages 7–9 of thge guide, write down your faith goals and specific prayer requests for your family, friends, church, and nation.
Commit—Pray about the kind of fast you will undertake and commit to it ahead of time. Record your plan on page 5. Ask God for grace to help you follow through with your decisions.
Act—Start eating smaller portions a few days before the fast. Avoid food high in sugar and fat. Plan to limit physical and social activities for the week of the fast. Ask someone to be your prayer partner throughout the fast and have that person sign page 7.
NOTE: Consult a physician, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, or taking medication. If your situation does not allow you to do a full fast, determine what will work best for you.
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Focus—Set aside time to work through the devotionals. Be ready to respond to God’s Word and the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Pray—Join at least one prayer meeting in your local church. Intercede for your family, church, pastors, nation, campuses, and missions throughout the week.
Replenish—During mealtime, read the Bible and pray instead. Drink plenty of water and rest as much as you can. Be ready for temporary bouts of physical weakness and mental annoyances like impatience and irritability.
BREAKING THE FAST
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. 1 John 5:14–15
Eat—Reintroduce solid food gradually. Your body will need time to adjust to a normal diet. Start with fruits, juices, and salad, then add more vegetables. Eat small portions throughout the day.
Pray—Don’t stop praying! Trust God’s faithfulness and timing. Carry your newfound passion for God throughout the year. Be in faith for God to answer your prayers.