FASTING & CONSECRATION REVIVAL
January 25-31, 2015
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO FAST AND PRAY?
1. To fast means to put God first. There are times when we eat, drink, and sleep as a way of enjoying the blessings of God. But there are also times when we have to turn our backs on those things we enjoy in order to connect with God without distraction. Sometimes simple luxuries can distract us from seeing God’s face because they make us too comfortable and they become our focus, thus, we put the blessing BEFORE the one who blesses. Fasting is a way of laying aside our temporary comforts to experience the ultimate comforter. In other words, it is in times of fasting and praying that we can truly seek God’s face without distractions.
2. Fasting is an attitude of the heart in which we interrupt our normal life to pray for a specific matter or cause. Fasting also means perseverance in prayer. It means to be earnest with God and to pray until you have found the answer – be it yes or no or wait a while.
3. Fasting is an effective way to remove obstacles and burdens to pray purposefully and with your attention.
4. Fasting chastises the body and helps us to gain control over our bodies (1 Cor.9:27; 1 Cor.6:13-20).
PRAYER CONFERENCE CALL
Each morning Monday through Friday, there will be a 6am prayer conference call led by one of the members of our congregation. All members are encouraged to participate. The dial-in number for the call is (605) 562-3000. The passcode for the line is 458869. If you decide to join us, please be sure to mute your phone and ignore the prompt to announce yourself when you join the call so that everyone can hear the person speaking as uninterrupted as possible.
There will be evening service Monday through Friday at 7:00pm at the church.
Drink water only. Should you get faint, Ensure can be drunk as a supplement.
Listen to religious, inspirational or spiritual music.
Pray for 15 minutes each day at 6am, 12 noon, and 7:00pm.
Sunday, January 25: Fast begins at sundown with 15 minutes of prayer.
Monday, January 26-Friday, January 30: Consume only water and fruit from sunrise to sunset. You may eat as you feel appropriate after sundown and before sunrise.
Saturday, January 25: Eating restrictions are lifted, but please make a donation to your local food bank or conduct some other charitable act.
For our members who cannot follow the food restrictions for medical reasons, we encourage you to pray and be reflective about what you can sacrifice.
SCRIPTURES FOR DAILY MEDITATION
Monday: Romans 8, Psalm 91 Friday: Genesis 22, Psalm 23
Tuesday: Proverbs 3, Psalm 27 Saturday: 2 Peter 1, Psalm 1, James 4,
Wednesday: Proverbs 18, Psalm 30
Thursday: Ecclesiastes 3, Jeremiah 1
Friday: Genesis 22, Psalm 23
Saturday: 2 Peter 1, Psalm 1, James 4, Isaiah 53, John 3
SPECIAL PHILANTHROPIC OFFERING
In keeping with our church vision of Spiritual Philanthropy, members are asked to bring donations of gift cards to Shaw’s, Stop & Shop, Target and Walmart to contribute to the benevolence fund to benefit people in need. All gift card offerings can be placed in the offering plate throughout the week. We ask that you prayerfully give to these efforts.