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Days of Fasting and Prayer

May 19, 2010

Dear Eastwood Family and Friends,

As you have heard the past few Sunday mornings, we are going into a time of prayer and fasting May 23 through May 26. On May 23 (Sunday morning) we will observe the “Day of Prayer and Fasting for World Evangelization”. Greg Frizzell will be our speaker on Sunday. He will be challenging us to surrender our lives to Christ (Mat. 16: 24-27) and to use our spiritual weapons in prayer (2 Cor 10:3-5).

We will contiune the fast through Wed night when we conclude with a Solemn Assembly at 6:30 p.m. As your pastor I believe strongly that our only hope to carry out the Great Commission and  and see real growth in us and our churches is obedience to what we know to do with a total dependence on God to work through us. Our hope does not rest in newer, more clever programs but earnest, believing prayer and fasting.

You can fast other things besides or in addition to food. For example, spend time in prayer in stead of reading the paper, surfing the web, checking Facebook or Twitter, watching TV, going to movies, etc. Spend the time in prayer that you would normally spend in those activities.

In the OT when a Solemn Assembly was called, everyone participated: men, women, children. They stopped all activities, they rearranged their schedules. I realize that many of us still have to go to work but we don’t have to eat out or go out. Let’s find a quiet place and seek the Lord. Let’s not eat lunch, instead let’s read the Word of God and pray.

Below is part of the message that I will shared Wed, May 19 at the Bible Study/Prayer Time at 6:30 p.m. in preparation for the weekend. I also sent this e-mail to our deacons and staff and as many others as I had e-mail addresses and I posted it on our BLOG’s. There are also some Scriptures for prayer and meditation included.

I.             BE PREPARED

You know this is coming up — get ready!

Fill in some things you can do to get/be ready:

II.            BE PRAYERFUL

Don’t wait until Sunday to start praying

List some things you want God to do in you:

III.           BE PRACTICAL

Take the following steps and begin to put them into practice

1. Start cutting back on your intake of food.

2. Start going to bed earlier and getting up earlier.

3. Except your job, clear your schedule for Sunday-Wed.

4. Begin reviewing Scriptures that deal with prayer and fasting.

5. Begin praying for God to reveal Himself to you.

6. Determine to be present Sunday morning/evening/Wed Night.

7. Don’t make any plans to go out or eat out with friends or family.

PRAYER SUGGESTIONS

Holy Father, we humble ourselves and acknowledge Your righteous judgment upon our sins. 2 Chron. 7:14; Ps. 85:6

Righteous God, please send overwhelming love, godly fear and genuine repentance among Your people. Ps. 51:17; Prov. 28:13; Mat. 22:37-39; 2 Cor. 7:1,10

Righteous God, grant to us a mountain-moving faith and passion for fervent prayer. Jer. 29:13; Mat. 21:13; Acts 2:1

Holy Father, please bring us to loving unity in our churches and a deep harmony between our churches. John 13:34-35, 17:20-22; 1 Cor. 1:10

Gracious Lord, please fill us with a burning passion to pray for and witness to the lost. Mat. 28:18-20; Luke 19:10; Acts 1:8; Rom. 5:5, 9:1-3

Lord of the Harvest, please call millions of new laborers in ministry, missions, prayer and Christian witness. Mat. 9:37-38; Acts 1:8

Holy Lord, we ask you to deepen and purify our motives in praying for revival and blessing. Ezk. 33:32; Heb. 4:12; James 4:1-4. Teach us to pray for Your kingdom and for Your glory.

Righteous Lord, we pray for Your grace on the persecuted saints and church around the world. Mat. 26:39; James 4:1-4. Strengthen us with the same willingness to suffer for Your name’s sake. Phil. 2:5

Holy God, we humbly ask for a mighty move of conviction in government and cultural leaders. Ps. 2:8; 1 Tim. 2:1-4

Sovereign Lord, we ask you to “rend the heavens” and show forth Your awesome presence in sweeping revival. We pray for the one last harvest before the glorious return of Your Son. Purify Your Bride O Christ! Come Lord Jesus, Come quickly! Is. 64:1; Eph. 5:26-27; Rev. 22:17, 20

God bless you as we join together to seek the Lord!

Your pastor,

Gordon Small

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