Tuesday: Evening Prayer Guide
Pray for all those that are beginning their FAST
Ask God to confirm his plans or to redirect the path for our church
Ask for unity in our Church toward the LORD’s leading
Scripture to guide our prayers:
There are many passages in scripture that demonstrate fasting as a means of prayer and petition to God as people deeply and desperately sought him for direction, help or intervention.
Nehemiah 1 and Ester 4 - 5 are two of my favorite passages with regard to fasting and petitioning the Lord. Each describes a time when decisions were needed and wisdom was sought. The Lord’s favor and blessing were the only things that would get these amazing saints and the people of Israel to the other side. Individuals fasted, people fasted and the nation fasted. Fasting created an uncommon focus, as they sought the Lord for his favor, blessing and wisdom for the next right step. May we do the same, and may our day of fasting create an uncommon focus as we seek the Lord!!
Scripture to teach us and lead us into our time of Fasting and petition:
The following two passages in the New Testament help us to see that Jesus had it in mind that his followers would fast. While there is only one prescribed fast in scripture on the Day of Atonement, we see that fasting is a part of our spiritual habits as we grow closer to God, seeking his will and direction. I hope the following links to these amazing pastors and their teaching will help you to better understand the heart and discipline of fasting.
Matthew 6:16-18 (John MacArthur Commentary)
16 “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Matthew 18:14-17 (John Piper's Comments)
14 Then John’s disciples came and asked him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?”
15 Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.
16 “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. 17 Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”
Choosing to fast is something between you and our Lord. We hope you will pray earnestly and enjoy the amazing fellowship with our Father.
After dinner on Tuesday, read though a few passages, possibly Psalm 145 – 150, which are Psalms of praise and adoration. Commit the next day to Lord, in this practice of sacrifice and uncommon focus.
Ask him to reveal any sin that remains in your life. Confess that sin and continue in prayer as you go through the rest of your night and into the next day.
Continue seeking wisdom for the church. Asking God to bring about unity about as we collectively seek his will for the next year and future of LCC. Ask God to show you anything that is not according to his plan and wisdom. Ask him to show you any area in which we are not being aggressive enough or where we are underestimating his power and authority.
As Wednesday progresses, keep taking time to go back to the Word seeking wisdom from scripture and committing your ways and the ways of LCC to God. Ask him to clarify your role in the life of this body. Ask him to reveal how your gifts and talents are to be exercised right here at LCC.
Take time to listen without speaking. The time you would normally be eating or prepping for your meal.
Take the time to write down anything you believe the Lord is revealing to you, any direction you would like others in the church to pray over and anything he brings into focus.
Ending our fast: If you can’t join us for dinner, end your fast again by thanking him and committing your ways and the ways of our church to him.
Have a great evening in prayer and fasting before the Lord. We will post our morning scripture, encouragement and prayers by 7:00am tomorrow.
--- Pastor Tim