Welcome to Prayer and Fasting 2021

Week Two

17-23 January 2021

Prayer and Fasting January 2021

Week 2 - 17th January to 23rd January

Once we understand and give our life over to Jesus, we are not only considered followers of Jesus Christ but are expected to spread the gospel and disciple to others. We can do this by sharing our testimonies, inspiring scripture, past experiences, helping others, and most importantly loving others unconditionally as Jesus did.

 

17th Jan - “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

Make disciples reminds us that disciples are made. Disciples are not spontaneously created at conversion; they are the product of a process involving other believers. This making of disciples is the power of spreading Christianity. And this power comes only from Christ who has all authority.

 

A prayer of C H Spurgeon  “Power in the hands of some people is dangerous, but power in the hands of Christ is blessed. Oh, let him have all power! Let him do what he will with it, for he cannot will anything but that which is right, and just, and true, and good.” 

 

18th Jan - “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.“(John 15:18-19)

Jesus told the disciples that the world would often hate them. As wonderful as Jesus was and His message was, they should expect to be rejected when Jesus departed, just as much as they were often opposed while Jesus was with them. Jesus comforts the disciples with the knowledge that the world’s hatred was first directed toward Him. Jesus attracted attention from great multitudes and devotion from individuals of all kinds; yet as a whole, the world hated Jesus.

“Heavenly Father, I give thanks You that Your Son, Jesus, experienced rejection and I pray that I will not be afraid of this happening to me but that I will remember that You have chosen me to be Your disciple.”

 

19th Jan - “He said to him the third time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’ Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time,’Do you love me?’ and he said to him, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, “‘Feed my sheep.’” (John 21:17)

Jesus didn’t ask Peter, “Are you sorry?” nor “Will you promise never to do that again?” Jesus challenged Peter to love. Jesus asks each one of us, not just for obedience, not just for repentance, not just for vows, not just for conduct, but for a heart; and that being given, all the rest will follow.” (after Alexander McClaren)

 

A prayer of dedication: “Love so amazing, so divine, demands my heart, my life, my all!”

 

20th Jan - “And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.’” (Matt 4:19)

This verse assures us that Jesus Himself will give us the ability and  strength to become those who lead others to Christ. This is a measure of our discipleship.

Jesus said, 'Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.'

 

Lord I ask for boldness to proclaim Your Gospel and to be ready to lead others to You.”

 

21st Jan - If we understand and follow Jesus’s teachings, we won’t be overcome by the darkness in this world. That light will also attract those who are lost in the dark and seek freedom from their sin.

“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” (John 8:12)

“Lord, help me to put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armour of Your light.”

 

22nd Jan - When we become disciples of Jesus we are expected to not only grow in our faith but to extend that knowledge to others. Here we read 2 Timothy 2:1-3 where Paul writes to Timothy to continue his exact teachings to others so they too can spread the Gospel.

"You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus." 2 Timothy 2:1-3)

“Dear Lord, I so often feel weak and inadequate but I am reminded that You are the source of all my strength. Help me to be assured of this and to go on serving You to bring others to Yourself.”

 

23rd Jan - Discipleship is something we are called to do when we decide to follow Jesus. It will be a challenging journey but the fact that we have the opportunity to share the most important and hope-filled news with those all around us is exhilarating! We truly have the ability to change someone’s life! 

“If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honour him.” (John 12:26)

“Lord, I need to be Your disciple and follow You absolutely with my life.”

 

 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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