LET’S START 2019 IN PRAYER!
As we come back together as a community after the holidays and enter into a new year, we desire to make God our greatest priority through the spiritual disciplines of prayer and fasting.
From Monday, January 14 to Saturday, February 2, we invite all those who call Life Church their church family to a focused time of prayer and fasting!
Seasons of intentional prayer and fasting help us eliminate the noise and distractions from our lives in order for us to seek God with greater intentionality and intensity. We believe this intentional time of prayer and fasting will till the soil of our hearts, minds, and bodies for the transforming work of the Holy Spirit as we co-labor with God in 2019 to see more of His Kingdom come in Vancouver as it is in heaven.
3 WAYS TO PARTICIPATE:
Carve out some time to meet God in prayer each day. As you pray, come to God and lift up prayers for:
Yourself: Bring your concerns and hurts. What’s one thing you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of God? What’s the most humanly impossible thing you will ask God to do this year? What one thing could you do to improve your prayer life this year? How will you pursue Shalom?
Our church: Pray for a deep commitment to the whole Gospel through our church. Pray that people will come to faith in Jesus and to grow in maturity. Pray for healthy friendships, community, and families. Pray for the tangible presence of the Holy Spirit to move in surprising ways this year in and through our church.
Our city and beyond: Pray for a deeper connection to God’s heart for mercy, justice, and compassion. Pray for discernment in how you can be more actively and faithfully engaged in discipleship.
Your fast should present a level of challenge, but it is vital to know your body, your options, and most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow where the Holy Spirit leads. Here are five different ways you can fast.
SELECTIVE FAST: This fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example is the Daniel Fast, where you consume only water, juice, fruits, and vegetables.
PARTIAL FAST: This fast involves abstaining from eating any food either during specific times of the day, such as 6am to 3pm. You might also choose to fast just one meal each day.
COMPLETE FAST: In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water, with light juices as an option. Only do this if this type of fasting is something you are familiar with and are physically able to undertake.
PROGRESSIVE FAST: This fast starts with one of the following fasts listed above and gradually removes or adds food throughout the 21-day journey.
SOUL FAST: This fast is a great option if you do not have much experience fasting food, have health reasons, or if you wish to refocus certain areas of your life that are out of balance. For example, you might choose to stop using social media or watching television and then carefully bring that element back into your life in healthy doses at the conclusion of the fast.
As a church, we’ll break our fast together with a community putluck meal on Table Sunday, February 3.
As we continue our study through the book of Ephesians as a church, we encourage you to read through Ephesians during these 21 days of prayer and fasting.
In addition, it is really helpful to have a Bible reading plan.
We sincerely hope that you’ll consider joining us in this beautiful rhythm of beginning a new year together as family with our 21 days of prayer and fasting.
SIGN UP TO PRAY
This season of prayer is a journey that we are doing together as a church family. We are asking 2 people to sign up for each of the 21 days of prayer. And when you sign up, you are committing to spending at least one hour during your day in prayer.