Welcome to Prayer and Fasting 2020

Week one

10-16 January  2021

Prayer and Fasting january 2021

Week 1 10th January to 16th January

 

It’s time to pray!

 

The year 2020 has been a very dark year to many people but to those who have come to know Christ as Saviour and Lord this year has been the most momentous of their lives. As we pray and fast this month let us come with confidence before the Lord tha He will hear and answer our prayers, just as He has promised.

Our God is absolute sovereign over all the world events both big and small. The sovereignty of God is not simply a theological term, but is a deeply important reality for our church. If God were not sovereign there would be no confidence that He could answer our prayers. But He is sovereign and does listen to and answer the prayers of His people We see this in Psalm 116:1-2 (ESV)

 

“I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.”

 

Here is confidence. The psalmist prays ‘because God heard my voice, my cry for mercy… He turned His ear to me.’ Prayer is movement. The movement of the person or people praying to God and, it’s the movement of God towards His people as they pray.

(A Call to Extraordinary Prayer - Steve Nation 2017 - ISBN 978-1-5271-0089-3)

 

Our focus in this first week of prayer and fasting month is on Our God and His majesty.  The Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6 begins “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name .. “ So we should begin in the same way. It’s important to pray for ourselves as individuals and for for our church, that we see an increase in holy living that will bring honour and glory to Jesus. But let’s use this first week to honour Him and give praise to His name.

 

The Psalmists do not treat the doctrine of God's sovereignty in a cold, abstract manner. The beauty of this book of praise is that God's sovereignty is indeed the heart and soul of the Psalms. The psalmists love this doctrine. It is precious to them. They find great comfort in the fact that their God controls and works all things for their salvation. They have nothing to fear. Even in the midst of tribulation, the psalmists have peace and contentment. This is the experience of all those who trust the sovereign God.

 

During our fast this month we will be specifically praying for God to intervene in these situations…

  • Personal holiness.

  • Making disciples.

  • Living a life for Christ.

  • Mission.

 

These notes are to help you to pray daily and they will also appear on the Turning Point Band App, on our Facebook page 

www.facebook.com/BournemouthTurningPointChurch

on our prayer webpage:

www.turningpointprayer.co.uk

 

While Jesus was on the Earth he stood as a living example of what God has always intended us to be, loving, caring, abiding, devoted and faithful children of God who are seeking to bring people to Himself.

The Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6 begins “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name .. “ So we should begin in the same way. It’s important to pray for ourselves as individuals and for for our church, that we see an increase in holy living that will bring honour and glory to Jesus. But let’s use this first week to honour Him and give praise to His name.

 

As you use these notes can we encourage you to pray using the contemplative method of Lectio Divina:

  • Read - read slowly, carefully, and deliberately

  • Meditate - we enter into the text and discover that it has been fulfilled in our own life-experience

  • Pray - Thanksgiving, Repentance, Petition and Contemplation.

 

10th Jan - “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has

passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

This is God’s work in us to which we must submit. This reminds us that at its root, Christianity is all about what God did for us, not what we can or should do for God. “Beloved, if you have no more religion than you have worked out in yourself, and no more grace than you have found in your nature, you have none at all. A supernatural work of the Holy Ghost must be wrought in every one of us, if we would see the face of God with acceptance.” (Spurgeon)

 

Pray for this to be a reality in your life.

 

11th Jan  - “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)

God’s love is a transforming love. It meets us right where we are at, but when we receive this love it always takes us where we should be going. The love of God that saves my soul will also change my life.

“Lord, I pray that You continue Your work in me so that my life will show the evidence of Your work of grace in my life."

 

12th Jan - “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.” (Ephesians 2:19-21)

Paul refers to Christians of Gentile background. They should not regard themselves as “second-class citizens” in God’s kingdom in any regard. They are not only full citizens, but also full and equal members of God’s household. Because we are one body and have the same access to God, it also follows that we are all built upon a common foundation. That foundation is the original apostles and prophets, and their enduring revelation, recorded in the New Testament. 

“Lord, may there never be any other foundation in my life other than Your dear Son, my Saviour, Jesus Christ.”

13th Jan  - “There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call - one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift.” (Ephesians 4:5-7)

We have unity because of what we share in common. In Jesus we share one body, one Spirit, one hope of our calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one Father. Each of these common areas is greater than any potential difference. And grace is the basis for God’s distribution of spiritual gifts through His church: grace, the free, unmerited giving of God. No one deserves or has earned spiritual gifts

“Heavenly Father, we are so thankful for the unity You give to us as a result of Your grace – help me to understand that all this is because of Your great love in Jesus. Show me today how to live a thankful life.”

 

14th Jan  - "So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness." (Col 6:6)

If we want to fulfil our calling and purpose in life, we must know who we are in Christ. We must have the firm assurance of His love in ourselves because we are called to spread the good news of the Father's love through Christ to a lost and dying world. What do the people of other religions miss? They miss the reality of knowing the love of God. 

"Lord, help me to live a fruitful life now and overflow with Your love to others. Give me greater authority in my prayer life. I want to know You on a deeper level, and I want nothing to hinder my relationship with You. In Jesus Name."

 

15th Jan  - "But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy." (1 Peter 2:9-10)

"Lord, I pray that You would unlock my heart that I might be fully alive to my true identity in You. Give me clear revelation to see myself the way You see me. Help me to stand in Your truth against all enemy attacks and guard my heart with all vigilance."

 

16th Jan - “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” (Ephesians 4:11-16)

This means that Jesus established these offices. They are the work and appointment of Jesus, not men. Though pretenders may lay claim to them, the offices themselves are a Divine institution and not a human invention. The gifted offices and equipped saints bring the saints to maturity, according to the measure of Jesus Himself. As years pass by, we should not only grow old in Jesus, but more mature in Him as well, as both individuals and as a corporate body.

“Lord, I pray for maturity in my Christian life so that I might serve You and You only in the purposes You have for my life”

 

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 anf 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

Meet for prayer 7.30 -  9.00 PM

Every Thursday

School of Theology 
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.

 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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