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Welcome to Prayer and Fasting
June 2022

Week Two

8-14 June 2022

Prayer and Fasting june 
2022

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Prayer and Fasting

June 2022

Week 2

 

We continue our month of Prayer and Fasting by concentrating on justification - being made right because 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 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/week2

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 2 - Justified

 

Day 8 - 8th June - Made Righteous Through Christ

 

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

“Dear Lord, thank you that I am made new and my sins forgiven by the blood of Christ. Through Your grace I am forgiven and made righteous in Your sight. Amen”

 

(Pause for reflection)

 

On the first day of our month of prayer and fasting we read in John’s Gospel “... to all who did receive Him (Jesus), who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12.13).

In Isaiah chapter 6, Isaiah was so overcome by what he saw of the glory and holiness of God that he fell on his face and cried out,  “Woe is me!  For I am lost;  for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the  King, the  Lord  of hosts!”(Isaiah 6:5). What caused Isaiah to cry out,  “Woe is me!  For I am lost?” It was his sense of sinfulness. He realised that he did not have the righteousness he needed to come into the presence of such a holy and glorious God.

To enjoy fellowship with God we must have a righteousness that is acceptable to Him. In ourselves we can never be righteous, but God has made us perfectly righteous in His sight. How did God do this? In Christ we are made the righteousness of God in Him. The Bible says, “For He has made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him." (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Just as God looks at Christ and sees Him perfectly righteous, so He looks at us and sees perfectly righteous because we are in Him. When we think about ourselves and our failings, it is hard for us to believe that we have been made perfectly righteous in Christ. But we know it is true because we have the clear statements of God's Word.

 

(Pause for reflection)

 

Prayer: Give a prayer of thanks for the grace of God through which we are saved and made righteousness before God.

 

Pray for: Oman (36) and Tunisia (35)

 

Day 9 - 9th June - A New Creation

 

Our daily prayer this week:-

“Dear Lord, thank you that I am made new and my sins forgiven by the blood of Christ. Through Your grace I am forgiven and made righteous in Your sight. Amen”

 

(Pause for reflection)

 

Let us read those wonderful verses from 1 Corinthians 5:17 - “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them.”

 

Again we see that our being made righteous depends totally on God. This reality applies to every person who meets the condition. As we find in John 3:16:  “… whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” The same is true here,  anyone in Christ is made new. This is the one condition that must be met to make everything after it true. You must be in Christ.

 

If you are ‘in Christ," then Paul is saying something should be happening. When a sinful person gets connected to the saving and cleansing power of Jesus Christ, something has to change. You cannot have a true encounter with Jesus and have a true salvation experience and yet everything remain the same. The moment you are saved by the power of Jesus and you belong to Him and the process of transformation begins. 

 

(Pause for reflection)

 

Give thanks to God that you are a new creation because you belong to Christ, you have been saved by the power of Christ and you are united with Christ.

 

Pray for: Bhutan (34) and Niger (33)

Day 10 - 10th June - Christ’s Brothers and Sisters

 

Our daily prayer this week:-

“Dear Lord, thank you that I am made new and my sins forgiven by the blood of Christ. Through Your grace I am forgiven and made righteous in Your sight. Amen”

 

(Pause for reflection)

 

Believers are God’s children, and so we are brothers  and sisters of Jesus. The Bible speaks far more often of Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, but it does speak of Him as our brother also. Speaking of Jesus, Hebrew 2:11-12 says, “ For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers, saying, “I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.””

A few verses later we read, “Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because He Himself has suffered when tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted” (Hebrews 2:17). In this section the author of Hebrews is making the point that Jesus became a genuine human being in order to be a proper substitute for man’s sin, as well as a proper High Priest to offer Himself as the atoning sacrifice for sin.

In the gospel of Matthew Jesus refers to those he calls His brothers and sisters “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.” (Matthew 12:50).“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for Me’” (Matthew 25:40). “Then Jesus said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see Me.’”(Matthew 28:10).

 

Romans 8:29 tells us, “For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers.”

 

Believers in Christ are children of God (as we saw in Week 1). Scripture speaks of us as God’s adopted children. It also says we are “born again” or “born from above.” I am adopted as a child of God.

Isn’t it wonderful that Jesus is not ashamed to call us brothers and sisters?

 

(Pause for reflection)

 

Prayer: “Thank You, Lord God, for being part of Your family through Christ”

 

Pray for: Burkina Faso (32) and Central African Republic (31)

 

Day 11 - 11th June - Priests With Christ

 

Our daily prayer this week:-

“Dear Lord, thank you that I am made new and my sins forgiven by the blood of Christ. Through Your grace I am forgiven and made righteous in Your sight. Amen”

 

(Pause for reflection)

 

The priesthood of all believers means that all believers in Christ are priests to God. In Christ all believers have the right to read, understand and apply the teachings of Scripture. All believers share in Christ’s priestly status by virtue of their union with Christ. “As you come to Him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:4,5).

In the Old Testament, there was a select group of priests who mediated the knowledge, presence, and forgiveness of God to the rest of Israel. Now, Christ has come and fulfilled the priestly role through His life, death, and resurrection. Therefore, Christ is the final priestly mediator between God and His people, and Christians share in that role through Him. This means that Christians are not dependent upon the priests within the church to interpret Scripture for them or affect God’s blessing of forgiveness for them; all Christians are equally priests through Christ and stand upon the same ground before the cross.

Scripture clearly identifies Jesus Christ as our great High Priest: “Since then we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathise with our weaknesses, but One who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb 4:14-16).

 

(Pause for reflection)

 

Prayer: “Thank You, Lord, that I am able to approach Your throne of grace because I have been cleansed by the blood of Christ.”

 

Pray for: Colombia (30) and Bangladesh( 29)

 

Day 12 - 12th June - His Workmanship

 

Our daily prayer this week:-

“Dear Lord, thank you that I am made new and my sins forgiven by the blood of Christ. Through Your grace I am forgiven and made righteous in Your sight. Amen”

 

(Pause for reflection)

 

Paul wrote to God’s people in Ephesus who were faithful followers of Christ Jesus, “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).

Other English Bible translations use words such as “handiwork, masterpiece, accomplished, creative work, or the product of His hand” instead of workmanship. The truth that Christ’s believers are God’s workmanship reflects His works of creation, redemption, provision, and sanctification in every believer’s life.

We all need God’s mercy and grace for our salvation. Thankfully, by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, we can have salvation and peace with God.

“…since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God " (Romans 5:1,2).

 

This redemptive and restorative mission has been fulfilled by Jesus Christ, who came to seek and to save the lost. Here is the wonderful truth: God’s image in every believer is restored by Jesus Christ, the perfect, visible image of the invisible God. As we live Him so lives in us.

Note that we are “God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus,” having been blessed, not only with eternal life but also with a new life and abundant life in Him.

We live in a broken world and often our faith in Christ is challenged by the temptations and values of this world. So we need God’s Spirit to continue to keep us from the sins of this world that could “pollute” our hearts. And as we are God’s workmanship, the Holy Spirit ultimately transforms us into Christ-likeness , producing the character of Christ and the fruit of the Spirit in us. This means that our sinful nature is replaced with a new, godly nature that desires to please, obey, and glorify the Lord.

God’s grace in our lives through Christ Jesus should result in good works, which speak of our unique calling and purpose in Him. This relates to God’s original plan in creating mankind, which then translates into the Great Commission. “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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 28:18-20). These good works ultimately bring honour and glory to the One who creates, redeems, provides, and sanctifies us with His unchanging love. All glory to God!

 

(Pause for reflection)

 

Prayer: “Thank you, dear Lord, that you changed me to bring honour and glory to You, our Creator, Redeemer, Provider, and Sanctifier with Your unchanging love. All glory to You!”

 

Pray for: Indonesia (28) and Morocco (27)

 

Day 13 - 13th June - A Citizen of His Kingdom

 

Our daily prayer this week:-

“Dear Lord, thank you that I am made new and my sins forgiven by the blood of Christ. Through Your grace I am forgiven and made righteous in Your sight. Amen”

 

(Pause for reflection)

 

Because the kingdom of God begins in the heart, there is only one way to gain access to the kingdom. There must be a change in your heart. Here is how Jesus put it. “Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God”” (John 3:3).

The kingdom of God is a spiritual kingdom that begins when you are born again, and you surrender Lordship to God in your heart. Eventually there will be a physical kingdom of God but that will not happen until after Jesus returns and establishes His kingdom on the earth. Until then, the kingdom of God lives in your heart and as one who has been made righteous by the blood of Jesus, you will be part of it!

 

As a Kingdom citizen, you align with God’s Lordship by aligning your life with what God has said in His word. When you choose to make Him Lord and King, then you give Him the right to have the final authority over every decision and choice you make in your life. If you don’t live in this fashion, then you are not truly living under His Kingdom authority.

Where God’s Kingdom rule and reign truly exist, you lay aside your opinions to follow what the King desires. In other words, you don’t debate with the King, but you serve at His pleasure. What He says is what you do. But again, this is not by force, it is by choice. God is the only King that gives you the freedom to choose whether you will submit to His Lordship. However, if you are going to be a citizen of His kingdom, you must choose surrender; “Then Jesus told His disciples, “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me’” (Matthew 16:24).

 

(Pause for reflection)


A prayer to thank God that I am a citizen of His Kingdom through His Grace.

 

Pray for: Laos (26) and Turkmenistan (25)

Day 14 - 14th June - Part of His Family, the Church

 

Our daily prayer this week:-

“Dear Lord, thank you that I am made new and my sins forgiven by the blood of Christ. Through Your grace I am forgiven and made righteous in Your sight. Amen”

 

(Pause for reflection)

 

In Ephesians chapter 2 we read: “For He Himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in His flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that He might create in Himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And He came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through Him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 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. In Him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.”

By God’s grace we have a people to whom we belong. We read in verse 19; “So you are no longer strangers and aliens, but fellow citizens with the saints.” Fellow citizens with the saints! What a privilege! And here the apostle Paul is saying, “Christ came and preached peace to you who were far off.” And He gathers us as our Lord and our Saviour. And He says, “Now my fellow citizens, in the kingdom which I have established, here are the privileges that belong to you as a citizen in the kingdom of God. The first of them is that you have a people to whom you belong!”

And why are we fellow citizens? Because we have been made righteous by the blood of Christ and become brothers and sisters in His family, the family that we know as the church.

 

(Pause for reflection)

 

Pray the Lord’s Prayer

 

Pray for: Mali (24) and Mauretania (23)

 

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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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