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Welcome to Prayer and Fasting 2021

Week two

12-18 April  2021

Prayer and Fasting April 2021

Week 2 12th April to 18th April

Spiritual Warfare

We continue this period of Prayer and Fasting concentrating on the spiritual battles with which each of us are engaged in as followers of Christ.

 

Each day, read Ephesians 6:11-20 again:

 

(Pause for reflection)

...and remind yourself once again of this verse from Ephesians 5:8

 

"You were formerly darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light" (Ephesians 5:8).

So again this week begin your devotions and prayers each day this week like this:-

Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for rescuing me from the kingdom of darkness and transferring me into Your marvellous light. I choose to walk as a child of light today. Give me the strength I need to do this on a daily basis. In Your Name. Amen

 

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Then read the daily scriptures and prayers below...

12th April 

"... take... the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God," (Ephesians 6:17b)

"Thank You for the precious gift of Your Word. It is strong and powerful and able to defeat even the strongest of Satan’s onslaughts. Your Word says that I am not under obligation to the flesh to obey its lusts. Your Word says that I am free from the power of sin. Your Word says that He that is in me is greater than he that is in the world. So by faith I take up the strong and powerful sword of the Spirit, which is able to defend me in time of attack, comfort me in time of sorrow, teach me in time of meditation, and prevail against the power of the enemy on behalf of others who need the truth to set them free. Help me to do this in Your strength, Lord."

 

(Pause for reflection)

 

"Amen"

13th April

"...praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints" (Ephesians 6:18)

"Lord, I thank you that You have enabled me to pray. Your Holy Spirit leads me and guides me in my prayers. So, Lord, I rejoice that You have chosen me to represent You to this lost and dying world. May others see Jesus in me, and may Satan and his hosts shudder as Your power is made manifest in me."

 

(Pause for reflection)

In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

14th April

" I lift up my eyes to the hills.
   From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
   who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved;
   he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
   will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
   the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
   nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all evil;
   he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
   your going out and your coming in
   from this time forth and forevermore." (Psalm 121:1-8)

(Pause for reflection)

"Remind me, today Lord, that the battle belongs to You, and whatever I'm up against can be taken down in one fell swoop by Your mighty hand. Please help me to trust You more, to stop wasting time by fighting in my own strength. Forgive me for the times I’ve neglected to set my eyes and heart on You, for the days I’ve forgotten to come to You first."

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15th April

(Psalm 18:1-6, 16-50)

"I love you, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
   my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
   my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemi
es.

The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents of destruction assailed me;
the cords of Sheol entangled me;
the snares of death confronted me.

In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help.
From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears...."

"He sent from on high, he took me; he drew me out of many waters.
He rescued me from my strong enemy and from those who hated me,
   for they were too mighty for me.
They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my support.
He brought me out into a broad place;
   he rescued me, because he delighted in me.

The Lord dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he rewarded me.
For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God.
For all his rules[c] were before me, and his statutes I did not put away from me.
I was blameless before him, and I kept myself from my guilt.
So the Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness,
   according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.

With the merciful you show yourself merciful; with the blameless man you show yourself blameless; with the purified you show yourself pure; and with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous.
For you save a humble people, but the haughty eyes you bring down.
For it is you who light my lamp; the Lord my God lightens my darkness.
For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall.
This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.

For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God?—
the God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless.
He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights.
He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me,
and your gentleness made me great.
You gave a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip.

I pursued my enemies and overtook them, and did not turn back till they were consumed.

I thrust them through, so that they were not able to rise; they fell under my feet.
For you equipped me with strength for the battle; you made those who rise against me sink under me."

(Pause for reflection)

"Fill me with the power of your Holy Spirit. Fill me with Your wisdom and discernment to make me aware of the enemy’s traps, so I can stand strong against his schemes. Thank you for Your constant reminders that Your presence will go with me, in whatever I face, and You will give me rest. Amen"

16th April

As David approached Goliath, he was mocked, but his response is everything. “David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies-the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and He will give you to us!” (1 Samuel 17:45-47). 

(Pause for reflection)

Waiting is hard. Especially when it seems like you are in a losing battle. One hard thing after another, after another, after another. There may be one step forward for every two steps back. But do not be defeated. David told Goliath that when he was done with him, “the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel!” (v.46). And that must be our goal as well. Remember that what you see in front of you is not all there is. Ask the Lord to equip you for battle. And pray that through it all, the Lord will be glorified as you allow Him to fight for you. He will be victorious.

17th April

"Now Jericho was shut up inside and outside because of the people of Israel. None went out, and none came in. And the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and mighty men of valour." (Joshua 6:1,2)

 

We all have private battles we are facing. As a Church we face opposition in bringing the Gospel to people.

In Joshua 6-10, we see God caused Israel to have victory. He caused the walls of Jericho to fall down and stopped the Sun in the sky, so Israel could fight all night long and win!

We know through the reading of scripture that God goes before us in all of our battles. He fights for us.

 

(Pause for reflection)

"Lord, forgive us for wearing ourselves out trying to battle on our own and in our own strength? We know that Your battle plan looks nothing like ours.  Your ways are higher than ours.  You have given us spiritual armour to fight. But it is Your battle and we need to fight as Your true servants and followers. Holy Spirit let us rest on You even as we go into battle. Amen."

18th April

Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land that the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall put them in possession of it. It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31:7,8)

(Pause for reflection)

"Lord, thank You for Your constant promises of Your presence with us. Help us to put aside fear and go forward to serve You, knowing that Your plans will be achieved. We bring before You those You have placed on our hearts, particularly those in need of Your salvation in Jesus. In His name."

 
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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)

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