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Welcome to Prayer and Fasting
June 2022

Week three

15-21 June 2022

Prayer and Fasting june 
2022

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Prayer and Fasting

June 2022

Week 3

We continue our month of Prayer and Fasting by concentrating on justification - being made right by His grace alone, by faith in Christ alone. During our fasting this month we will be specifically praying for God to intervene in these situations...

 

      • Our grace-filled pursuit of personal holiness

      • Making disciples

      • Developing leaders

      • Mission - working to encourage healthy churches

 

Fasting is a voluntary disuse of anything, which may be innocent in itself, with a view to establishing and cultivating a deeper relationship with God. Therefore, we are asking that this month that you concentrate on fasting from food. For any help on doing this, please talk to us or have a look at our “Prayer and Fasting Guidelines” sheet and on our webpage:

www.turningpointprayer.co.uk/week3

In addition each day will have two countries to pray for - they are countries in the “Open Doors” World Watch List of greatest Christian persecution last year. Each country is identified by a number to indicate their position in the Watch List eg (49). This is a great opportunity to finish each day by standing with our suffering brothers and sisters across the world.

 

These notes are to help you to pray daily and they will also appear on Band and on our webpage: www.turningpointprayer.co.uk

 

Week 3 - Transformed by the Gospel

 

Day 15 - 15th June - Alive in Christ

 

Try to begin your prayers each day this week with something like this:-

“Dear Lord, help me remember what a difference it makes when I make time with You a priority in my morning. Awaken me in body and spirit with a desire to meet with You and to hear You speak words of affirmation, assurance and wisdom over my heart as I prepare to go into my day. In Jesus' Name, Amen.”

 

(Pause for reflection)

 

A reading from 1 Thessalonians:

 

"We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers loved by God, that He has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. "(1 Thessalonians 1:2-5)

 

We will begin this week’s Prayer and Fasting with a prayer of commitment to being transformed by God as a result of our salvation.

 

“Heavenly Father, thank you for making us alive in You. Even as there is growing turmoil in the world, there’s continuous triumph in heaven—a peaceful certainty that the gospel will win the day when Your Kingdom is established. We rejoice today as we consider the Gospel of Your grace—the good news of your Kingdom, the assurance of redemption and restoration.”

 

“We pray the Gospel will increasingly impact our lives, our Church and our community, the same way it affected the hearts of the men and women of Thessalonica. As we read in verse 5, “Not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction.””

 

“Father, may the gospel transform the way we think, feel, and act. Close the gap between what we confess with our mouths and that which we reveal with our lives. In particular, we pray for the power of the Gospel to be at work in our relationships, for we know that the only thing that counts is “faith working through love” (Galatians 5:6). May kindness and encouragement be the norm in our lives , and criticism and pettiness be increasingly rare.”

 

“Now that we are assured that “there is no condemnation” hanging over us, may we welcome the convicting work of the Spirit in us. May the love you’ve lavished on us in Jesus, expose the idols in our hearts. May our repentances be quicker; our generosity more cheerful; and our choices be increasingly guided by Your Holy Spirit.”

 

“Father, may the great hope you’ve given us in Jesus—the hope of life in eternity with You, deepen and lengthen our endurance. May we be less complaining  and more worshipful; with less fear through richer fellowship with You. In Jesus’ matchless Name.”

 

(Pause for reflection)

 

Pray for: Algeria (22) and Uzbekistan (21)

 

Day 16 - 16th June -Outworking the Gospel

 

Our daily prayer this week:-

“Dear Lord, help me remember what a difference it makes when I make time with You a priority in my morning. Awaken me in body and spirit with a desire to meet with You and to hear You speak words of affirmation, assurance and wisdom over my heart as I prepare to go into my day. In Jesus' Name, Amen.”

 

(Pause for reflection)

 

“Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: ‘All nations will be blessed through you.’” (Galatians 3:8)

 

The great outworking of the Gospel is evidenced in the impact it has on others around us. It is the Holy Spirit who first draws us to God but, usually, we come to know Christ because God has chosen to use other people to be the means of reaching us. 

Abraham was set apart to ultimately be a blessing to the nations of the world. For that to be accomplished, God had to first work in him to make him the man he needed to be. That was neither quick nor easy, but involved a long process of leading, teaching, moulding, testing and correcting. So it will be for us. God has to work in us first what He will then work out through us.

When we are brought into relationship with Jesus Christ, we find ourselves in a new relationship with the world. We share God’s love for the world and we share His deliberate reaching out into the world. But we do not reach down to the world from a pedestal of accomplishment or status. We reach the world through frailty and brokenness. In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he writes about Jesus, “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus …who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death -  even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:5-8). 


We do not bless the people around us by shouting truth at them, but by identifying ourselves with them, and being among them in love as Jesus was among people in love. A deep work of conforming our mind to that of Jesus has to be done in each of our own lives. We first have to be recipients of love and humility before we can be transmitters of it. 

We must live humbly, carefully, lovingly and obediently. This alone will penetrate the hearts and lives of other people. Jesus said, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, “Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”” (John 7:37-38). To experience the outworking of the Gospel, we must first come ourselves and drink deeply of the water of life, which is Christ Himself. Out of the fullness of our hearts there will then flow the love of Christ to others.

 

(Pause for reflection)

 

A prayer: Thank You, Lord, for living and working in me so that I may be a blessing to others. Keep me drinking deeply from the living water that is your life poured out for us.

 

Pray for: Egypt (20) and Vietnam (19)

 

Day 17 - 17th June -Continuing the Work of the Gospel

 

Our daily prayer this week:-

“Dear Lord, help me remember what a difference it makes when I make time with You a priority in my morning. Awaken me in body and spirit with a desire to meet with You and to hear You speak words of affirmation, assurance and wisdom over my heart as I prepare to go into my day. In Jesus' Name, Amen.”

 

(Pause for reflection)

 

The Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20 states the purpose of the church. It involves going in order to make disciples, whom we are to baptise and teach. The Great Commission isn’t a stay-at-home project. We need to go, and we need to make disciples.

Every Christian should be “ready to give an answer.” Being ready implies not just having an answer, but being on alert to actually give it. When we believe the gospel, we become eager to do what Jesus Christ wants us to do. Faith make us eager to look for opportunities, even create opportunities, because we want to give this answer that God has given us.

 

We share the gospel because Christ, who died and rose again, lives in us and the world is lost without Him. Just as Christ did not come to be served, but to serve, so the church cannot rightly be His body in the world by keeping its faith to itself.

The church exists not for its own sake, but for the sake of the world, just as Jesus came not to do His own will, but the will of the Father who sent Him. Being a Christian changes how we interact with the world. As Christians, we are still part of the world around us, but we are now, since Christ lives in us, part of the world in an entirely new way—a way that makes a positive impact in the name of our God who loves the world so much that He sent His Son for its salvation.

 

People need to know that God loves them, that their lives have meaning and purpose, that there is hope even when physical life seems pointless. God has given us good news for them, and the Holy Spirit in us makes us eager to give it to them.

They may not be eager to hear it, to be sure. Many people think they are doing just fine without God. But eventually the things they trust in—money, health, friends, intelligence, etc.—will disappoint them, and they will be ready to hear about a hope that is secure. That’s when we need to be ready, and in order to be ready, we need to be alert, and in order to be alert, we need to be eager and looking for opportunities. We have a part in God’s eternal work, sharing by grace in the work of God Himself, His work of redeeming from sin and saving from death our fellow human beings.

 

(Pause for reflection)

 

Prayer: “Thank You, Lord God, for my part in reaching out with the Gospel. Help me to proclaim Your truths by the way I live my life”

 

Pray for: Qatar (18) and China (17)

 

Day 18 - 18th June -Working Together

 

Our daily prayer this week:-

“Dear Lord, help me remember what a difference it makes when I make time with You a priority in my morning. Awaken me in body and spirit with a desire to meet with You and to hear You speak words of affirmation, assurance and wisdom over my heart as I prepare to go into my day. In Jesus' Name, Amen.”

 

(Pause for reflection)

 

Evangelism is only the first step in the Great Commission. Each of us needs other people. None of us are self-sufficient, though we may think we are. God gives us different gifts so we have to work together to do His work of the Gospel. “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as He wills” (1 Corinthians 12:7-11).

 

So, God wants His people to gather for regular fellowship, worship, discipleship and ministry. We cannot “bear one another’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2) by avoiding fellowship where we receive blessing because of the gifts given to others. We cannot face the world and be ready to express the hope that lies within us when we routinely avoid opportunities for encouragement.

 

Different people are differently gifted. Some think that evangelism is the main thing; others think that discipleship is the priority; and still others think that fellowship is all that’s needed for a healthy church. Some focus on music, some on youths, some on grace, and some on guidance. Some are physically unable to leave their homes, and prayer is their labour of love.

 

All such people need to learn to work together. Being together is a learning experience in itself. We learn to love not by being surrounded by people easy to love, but by sometimes being with people who are hard to love - people who are different from us. God puts us together for our own good, and we do His work better when we work together. As we do this so we are strengthened to impact the world in which God has placed us. The church will grow “as each part is working properly” (Ephesians 4:16). Have you found a meaningful way to support the Great Commission? If not, ask God to help you.

 

(Pause for reflection)

 

Prayer: “Help me, Lord to know what part You have for me in serving the church and so also serving the world in which we live”

 

Pray for: Maldives (16) and Syria (15)

 

Day 19 - 19th June - Real Living for Christ

 

Our daily prayer this week:-

“Dear Lord, help me remember what a difference it makes when I make time with You a priority in my morning. Awaken me in body and spirit with a desire to meet with You and to hear You speak words of affirmation, assurance and wisdom over my heart as I prepare to go into my day. In Jesus' Name, Amen.”

 

(Pause for reflection)

 

We’re taught to think that we live in an open society that respects freedom of religion and the free exchange of different ideas. But we don’t. We are close to the day when it will be legally discouraged to hold certain moral views and illegal to refuse to do certain things we find to be evil. Indeed, this is already the case in many of the countries we’ve been praying for. The question then becomes: how are we going to live our new life in this new world? How can we lead a “new life in Christ” in an unbelieving age?

 

We can’t really answer that question until we get some things straight about what it means to be a Christian. And that means first getting some things straight about Jesus Christ. This is another one of the by-products of our secular times: people don’t really quite know what to think about Jesus anymore. Why is this? Our culture has remade Jesus in the image and likeness of generic compassion. Today He’s not the Lord, the Son of God, but more like an enlightened humanist nice guy.

 

The problem is this:

If Jesus isn’t Lord, if He isn’t the Son of God, then He is  powerless.. The Gospel becomes one more or less interesting philosophy of life. So how do we , His children, need to live in this secular age:

 

1. We need to trust the Gospel. We need to truly believe that Jesus is the Son of God; truly God and truly man; the One who holds the words of eternal life.

 

2. Jesus didn’t come down to tell us to go to church on Sunday. He didn’t die on the cross and rise from the dead so that we’d be a little kinder to our neighbours. God wants us to love Him with all our heart, all our soul, all our strength, and all our mind. He wants us to love our neighbour as ourselves. In other words, with a love that’s total, the love of God Himself. We need to take Christ at His word. We need to love Him like our lives depend on it. Right now. And without excuses. Remember the man in Scripture who told Jesus: “I’m ready to be your disciple, but first I need to plan my father’s funeral?” The way Jesus responds is very blunt and rather disturbing. What Jesus is saying is that there can be no more urgent priority in our lives than following Him and proclaiming His Kingdom.

 

3. Being a follower of Jesus Christ is not just one among many different aspects of your daily life. Being a Christian is who you are. And being a Christian means your life has a mission. It means striving every day to be a better follower, to become more like Jesus in your thoughts and actions.

 

This is a tough ask in our secular culture and is something we cannot do in our own strength. We need the Holy Spirit guiding all that we do whatever the consequences.

 

(Pause for reflection)

 

Prayer: “Holy Spirit, I pray that I am willing to follow You, wherever You lead.. In Jesus name.”

 

Pray for: Iraq (14) and Sudan (13)

 

 

Day 20 - 20th June -Standing Firm for Christ

 

Our daily prayer this week:-

“Dear Lord, help me remember what a difference it makes when I make time with You a priority in my morning. Awaken me in body and spirit with a desire to meet with You and to hear You speak words of affirmation, assurance and wisdom over my heart as I prepare to go into my day. In Jesus' Name, Amen.”

 

(Pause for reflection)

 

“I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away. They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor Me. But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you.” (John 16:1-4)

Know and revere what the Bible teaches. What it teaches is what Christ wants you and everyone else to know¯for our own good and, particularly, for our salvation. Knowing what the Bible teaches enables you to live those teachings and share them with others.

 

The leaders of today’s secularised societies see themselves as true humanists and humanitarians. But these same societies justify killing millions of babies in the womb and encouraging all sorts of non-Biblical living. We dispatch the handicapped and the elderly and call it “death with dignity.” Our very language has become subverted. The family is no longer the covenant communion of a man and woman that leads to new life and hence the future of society.

 

We, as the Church of Christ, stand up against these un-Biblical trends. It’s our mission, as disciples of Christ, to ensure that Christ’s teaching is preached and explained and defended at every level of our society - in politics, in the workplace, in the culture. This takes real courage. There are all sorts of pressures, subtle and not so subtle, to sell out Jesus. To water down or diminish His gospel. To pick and choose among His teachings. But we can’t do that! Make a promise to Jesus Christ never to contradict His teachings by your words or actions.

 

Only the truth can set people free. That truth is Jesus Christ. So if we truly love our neighbours we will want them to know the truth. The whole truth. Not just the parts of it that make them feel good and don’t challenge them to change.

 

It’s not possible for real Christians to lead a double life; our whole way of thinking and acting needs to be transformed by our faith, or we make ourselves into hypocrites. There is no such thing as a halfway Christian with one foot in the secular world and its teachings.

 

 Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave Me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:31-33)

 

(Pause for reflection)


A prayer for courage to stand as a disciple in modern society

 

Pray for: Myanmar (12) and Saudi Arabia (11)

 

Day 21 - 21st June - Standing Firm

Our daily prayer this week:-

“Dear Lord, help me remember what a difference it makes when I make time with You a priority in my morning. Awaken me in body and spirit with a desire to meet with You and to hear You speak words of affirmation, assurance and wisdom over my heart as I prepare to go into my day. In Jesus' Name, Amen.”

 

(Pause for reflection)

 

 “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.” (2 Corinthians 16:13).

 

We all know that, as Christians, we will be challenged in our faith. We want to be able to stand firm. Sometimes the challenge comes in the form of temptation. The enemy knows exactly when to target us - when we’re at our weakest.  And He knows precisely what tempts us most. Often, the challenge comes when the world’s way is counter-cultural to God’s way. We want to be accepted, and it’s difficult to always say or do the right things. And, of course, we are challenged when we face trials such as grief, loss, sickness, and disappointment which can all lead us to waver in our belief.

 

So, when faced with challenges to our faith, how does the Bible encourage us to stand firm?

1. We have to know on whom we are standing. “I waited patiently for the Lord; He inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure” (Psalm 40:1-2).

When God reached down and saved us, He lifted us out of the pit and set us on the Rock. Jesus is the Rock, and He is the firm place to stand. He is truth and His Word is truth.

“So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter” (2 Thessalonians 2:15).

“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah 40:8)

When your faith is challenged, remember that you stand on the Rock of Jesus Christ. His Word is a firm place to stand. He does not change like shifting shadows, He is the same “yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).

 

2. We will have to resist the devil and his lies. When we are struggling with our faith, Satan will whisper words contrary to God’s Word. We have to choose to cast down those thoughts (see 2 Corinthians 10:5).

“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world” (1 Peter 5:8-9).

“Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13).

 

As soon as we recognise thoughts of fear, doubt, discouragement, anxiety, or temptation, we have to choose to guard our minds against the deception of the enemy and choose to think God’s thoughts instead. God has given us spiritual armour to help us stand. When we feel the challenges to our faith, we can remember to suit up and then take our stand.

“Therefore take up the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm” (Ephesians 6:13)

 

After you have done all! In other words, we have to do our part. We have to put on the armour and actively choose to protect our minds from wrong thoughts, our hearts from pride, our gut from lies. Then we have to take up our shield of faith.

We have to be self-controlled and alert and on guard. But when we have done our part, God enables us to stand.

 

3. We cannot waver between faith and doubt. We have to know what we believe and why we believe, so that when the challenges come, we are firm in our faith. Why did you decide to follow Jesus? Why do you choose to serve Him? What do you believe about God and His Word?

“And Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, then follow him”’” (1 Kings 18:21).

We sometimes waver between wanting to follow God and wanting to follow the world. If that is the case, we will definitely struggle with our faith. The Lord is asking you today, “How long will you waver between two opinions?”

 

If you know that God is God and God is good, there’s no question. Don’t let the devil make you think Satan has something better to offer you in the world. It’s a lie.

 

Only God is God and He alone knows what is best for us. He alone is the path to life, love, and victory. Consider Abraham and his faith. He was a man, a real person, just like you and me. God gave him a great promise with little evidence that he could actually see.

“No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised” (Romans 4:20)

Abraham made mistakes. He wasn’t perfect. But he was “fully persuaded.” Are you fully persuaded today that God is able to do what He has promised?

 

(Pause for reflection)

 

Prayer: “Remind me, Lord, each day, that I have been placed on the Rock by You. Guard my heart against all things which would cause me to stumble. I ask this that Your name will be glorified. Amen”

 

Pray for: India (10) and Iran (9)

 

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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

Women's prayer at 9.30 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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