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Welcome to Prayer and Fasting 2021

Week three

19-25 April  2021

Prayer and Fasting April 2021

Week 3 19th April to 25th April

19th April 

Praying for the Church and each other

The Bible is filled with reminders of how important it is to pray for one another. Jesus gave us the best example as He prayed for those who followed Him. Paul also left us prayers written for the churches he had visited over time. We are told:-

“Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

"And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. (Ephesians 6:18)

 

The Bible reminds us that the Church is more than just a building or a gathering place of people. And it’s much bigger than any single denomination, social status, or country. The Church is the body of believers all around the world who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. It is referred to in the Bible as the Greek word “ekklesia” and is defined as “an assembly,” or the “called out ones.”

In a world that is often very dark, and in times that we know the end is drawing nearer, let us be faithfully praying for one another until Christ’s return. Many believers are persecuted, even killed, daily all around our world. Many are being intimidated by others around them or are ridiculed and attacked because of their beliefs. Satan is very aware of the power of our prayers. And he will do everything he can to render us ineffective and to silence our voices. May God help us to recognise this and do all we can to show His love and light in this world that so desperately needs Christ’s hope and healing.

“I, therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:1-3) 

"Dear God, we are so incredibly in need of Your power and Your strength. We ask that You would fill us with your Spirit of love and unity among believers all around our world. We ask for Your help to set aside our differences and look to the greater cause, the cause of Christ. Please help us to truly live out a life of love. We need Your wisdom to guide us, we need Your Spirit to lead us, to live out godly lives that would bring honour first to You."

20th April

“To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfil every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, 12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12)

"I pray that You would be glorified in all things and that the name of Christ is exalted. Shine Your light in us, through us and over us. May we make a difference in this world for Your glory and purposes. May we reflect Your peace and hope to a world that so desperately needs Your presence and healing. In Jesus name."

21st April

" ...that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

 

"Lord, fill us with the power of Your Holy Spirit this day. Thank you that You came to give new life, peace, hope, and joy to Your children. Thank You that Your power is made perfect in our weakness. We know that You are with us, and that You fight for your people. You remind us that it’s not by might, nor by power, but by Your Spirit that You make a difference in our world. We choose to trust You today and to recognise the authority of who You are in our lives.

22nd April

"Let all that you do be done in love." {1 Corinthians 16:14)

“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)

"I pray that the body of Christ would faithfully show love to a hurting world in His Name. Help us to keep our eyes on You, Lord, so that we can follow Your promptings and respond to Your call. Help us to see when another soul around us needs to be encouraged. Help us to be faithful to carry one another’s burdens."

23rd April

“He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” "(Mark 16:15)

"Dear Lord, we thank You that sin and death have been conquered by Christ, and that Your power is everlasting. He paid the price to offer us the gift of eternal life. Help us never to forget or take for granted this huge gift of love on our behalf. Help us not to hide this great truth or to keep it to ourselves out of fear of judgment. Forgive us for being too busy, or distracted by other things, for not fully recognising what You freely given, what You have done for us. May we be found faithful to go into all the world – our communities, the nation, the whole world. May we share this light of hope that so burns within our hearts. Open doors that no one can shut, Lord."

24th April

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

"Dear God, thank you that You have victoriously overcome sin, and death, and any evil that we may face today. And because of You, we are overcomers too. We too can have victory, and we can walk strong in your peace.

Thank you, Lord, that You are producing in us great endurance through the hard places.  We press in close to your presence today and ask that no matter what obstacles we’re facing as a Church, we choose joy. Keep your words of truth planted firmly within us, help us to keep focused on what is pure and right; give us the power to be obedient to Your Word. In Jesus’ Name, Amen."

25th April

“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18)

"Lord, the battle feels intense some days. We get tired and weak, and it’s hard to keep going in the face of defeat. Help us to remember that You will never leave us – that You are our Refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

We know that the enemy wouldn’t be fighting so hard against us if we weren’t making a difference for your Kingdom. Remind us that this battle belongs to You, Lord, and whatever we’re up against can be defeated by Your mighty hand. 

Thank You for your daily presence in our lives; that we can be assured that Your heart is towards us, Your eyes are over us, and Your ears are open to the prayers of Your people. Thank You that You surround us with favour as with a shield, and we are safe in Your care.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen."

 
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Upcoming

Events

This is another of our Prayer and Fasting months and you are invited to join with us and we engage in earnest prayer for the people of our community.  

As well as continuing prayer and fasting throughout the month the events shown below will continue to be part of our programme in addition to our Sunday morning services.

every

Sunday

Weekly service
11.00 am

Every Monday

Alternate weeks prayer and theology
7.30 -  9.00 PM

Every Thursday

Coffee and Christ (Bible study)
7.30 - 9.00 PM

 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 

English Standard Version (ESV)