WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO FAST AND PRAY?
1. To fast means to put God first.
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)
MORNING AND EVENING PRAYER CONFERENCE CALLS
Each morning Monday through Friday, there will be a 6:00am prayer conference call led by one of the members of our congregation. Additionally, each evening Monday through Friday, there will a pastoral prayer conference call at 8:30pm. All members are encouraged to participate as they are able in these opportunities for corporate prayer . The dial-in number for the calls is (605) 562-3000. The passcode for the line is 458869.
QUIET PRAYER AND MEDITATION
Each evening, the church will be open from 7:00pm to 8:00pm for prayer and meditation in the sanctuary.
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 17: Fast begins at 5:00pm with our opening service.
Monday, January 18-Saturday, January 23: You may eat as you feel appropriatevafter sunrise and before sunset. Consume only water from sunset to sunrise.
*For our members who cannot follow the food restrictions for medicalvreasons, 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 on Sunday, January 17 at the 10:45am and 5:00pm services. We ask that you prayerfully give to these efforts.