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The Power of Prayer //
Part Three

“Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He’s the One who will keep you on track.” Proverbs 3:5-6 MSG //

This week was a special one! We celebrated our moms and wrapped up our series, The Power of Prayer, by hearing from Margie Atwood. Margie is on our Board of Advisors and has served as a spiritual mother for multiple people over the course of the last thirty years. Throughout the morning, Margie shared on living above our circumstances by through praise and reliance on Jesus.

THE VOICE OF GOD GIVES US EVERYTHING WE NEED.

When our circumstances and emotions are causing us to feel stressed, anxious or unsettled, we need to hear the voice of God. The voice of God brings peace, transforms us and gives us everything we need to move forward. When our circumstances are telling us one thing, we need the truth of God to give us perspective to live above our circumstances.

OUR CIRCUMSTANCES DON’T CONTROL GOD, HE CONTROLS THE CIRCUMSTANCES.

We can be confident that the Lord works all things together for our good. There is a refining that happens in the midst of challenging circumstances. There is hope beyond our current situation because God is faithful and good, and He controls our circumstances.

GIVING THANKS REFRESHES OUR SOUL.

It doesn’t always feel easy to worship and give praise when we are in the middle of a trial. However, rejoicing and giving thanks refreshes our brain, and lifts our perspective off of our challenge and on to God.

IT’S ABOUT RELIANCE ON GOD, NOT IMPROVEMENT IN YOU.

God isn’t asking us to have everything together. He actually invites us to press into Him, no matter the situation. When we choose to bring our mess, our anxieties and everything else to God, there is a promise that He will meet us in that place. He is inviting us to lay down our burdens and fully rely on Him and His word for everything we need.

IN RESPONSE //

Margie concluded our morning by challenging us to spend time in God’s Word every day. When we have a solid foundation of the Word of God within us, the Holy Spirit can use those Words to transform our life. If you aren’t sure where to begin, start by setting aside just thirty minutes – spend ten minutes in worship, ten minutes reading the Bible and ten minutes in prayer. Starting your day in the presence of God sets the pace for your day, and gives you the perspective you need to move forward.

A Letter From Jimmy – The Power of Prayer and Fasting

I love fasting…kind of.

Well, let me say it this way, I love the fruit of fasting! When I take time and set aside food or some other comfort, it gives God room to renew my heart and my mind. His power becomes preeminent above my own abilities and that makes fasting worth it.

Today through Wednesday we are holding a church-wide prayer and fast. I encourage everyone to commit to fasting and praying during these three days as we believe for more of Jesus in our personal lives, city, nation and the nations.  It could be as simple fasting one meal a day or laying aside media or some other comfort to make more space for God. You could choose to fast from food all three days and drink water or juice. Whatever you choose, we hope you will join with us as we fast and experience more of Jesus.

Tips for your prayer and fast:
  • Block out time over meals to worship and pray (rather than filling them with tasks).
  • Every time you grow hungry, acknowledge God’s presence around you.
  • Carry a Bible with you and feast on the Scriptures.
  • Go into the fast with a purpose. You may want to have a couple of people or situations in which you are praying for breakthrough.
  • When you are hungry, pray for those people/situations.
  • Journal anything God speaks for those people/situations and watch God answer prayer! (Psalm 5:3)
  • Come and be part of praying corporately throughout our time of fasting. All prayer times are located in the Journey Room except the Prayer Rally on Wednesday evening.
PRAYER TIMES:

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 29TH

  • 6:30 a.m. – Corporate Prayer and Worship
  • Noon – Corporate Prayer and Worship
  • 6:30 p.m. – Corporate Prayer and Worship

TUESDAY, MARCH 1ST

  • 6:30 a.m. – Corporate Prayer and Worship
  • Noon – Corporate Prayer and Worship
  • 6:30 p.m. – Corporate Prayer and Worship

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2ND

  • 6:30 a.m. – Corporate Prayer and Worship
  • Noon – Corporate Prayer and Worship
  • 6:30 p.m. – Church-Wide Prayer Rally in the Auditorium (Kids ministry will be available for ages birth – 3rd Grade. Kids 4th grade and up are invited to participate in the auditorium.). We will gather to celebrate what God has done and take time to worship and pray for our city, the nation and nations. Please join us!

Let me close by encouraging you with this: anything you set aside in order to give more time to prayer and worship and meeting with Jesus will always be a win for you and your family.

In His strength and love,

Jimmy

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ADDITIONAL FASTING RESOURCES AVAILABLE IN OUR BOOKSTORE: