Welcome to Prayer and Fasting 2020

Week Three

15-21 May  2020

Prayer and Fasting may 2020

Week 3 - 15th May to 21st May

 

In this third week of Prayer and Fasting let us remind ourselves of what God has done for each of us individually. Whatever our past or our present situation we have a series of incredible promises that Jesus makes to His disciples. We will look at  John 15, where Jesus describes Himself as the True Vine and tells us how we, as His children, are to respond to this.

 

 

15th May – A New Creation

Look at the passage in John 15: “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full” (John 15:7-11).

Ask yourself  “What is my daily response to this?” And what is our response to those around us who don't know Christ.

 

“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)

 

Ask yourself  “What is my daily response to this?” And what is our response to those around us who don't know Christ. “Father I thank You that You said If any man be in Christ that he is a new creation, A New Creature all together, something that’s never been before, that all things have become new. I thank You that I am Your own handiwork, Your workmanship, recreated in Christ Jesus."

 

16th May - No longer strangers

Remind yourself again of the words of Jesus in John 15, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love...” We have a totally different relationship with God.

 

“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) 

 

"I thank You that I am no longer an outsider, migrant or an alien excluded from the rights of citizens, but I now share citizenship with the saints, God’s own people, consecrated. Help me to live in the light of Your love, shining out in this dark world to those who know nothing of Your love or Your salvation. In Jesus name."

 

17th May – The Great Commission

Each of us have our part to play in the “great commission” to “make disciples.” This is not an option, it is what we are required to do as followers of Christ. It is a commandment from Jesus Himself, “If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full” (John 15:10,11). Paul reminds us in Ephesians 2 that:

"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)

"I thank You that I am Your workmanship, recreated in Christ Jesus. Born anew that I may do those good works which You Lord have predestined and planned beforehand, taking paths which You  prepared ahead of time that I should walk in them, living the full life which You have prearranged for me. May my life reflect this incredible privilege of serving You. Amen."

 

18th May – Gifted to serve

We sometimes fell that we don't have much to offer, but this is a lie. Each of us who belong to Christ are branches of the Him, the true vine. Today, let us spend time before the Lord seeking to grow using the gifting that God has given us.  Ask God to show you clearly what He has for you to do.

“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)

"Lord, I pray that I may no longer be like a child tossed like a ship to and fro between chance gusts of teachings and wavering with every doctrine. I pray that I shall no longer be deceived by the the lies of the world, but remain firmly grounded in Christ. Then let me serve You as I should."

 

19th May- I am the Apple of God's eye

We have seen this week how we are branches of Jesus, the true vine. Yet our witness for Him is often hindered by our own feelings of unworthiness. Yet what do we read in Psalm 17:8, ”Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings”

“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)

 

"In Jesus Name, I thank You that I am now Your child and that You are keeping me Lord as the Apple of Your eye. I am called to serve You. Remove my feelings of unworthiness and remind me of how I am loved by You, so that I may serve You as You desire. Amen."

 

20th May – The meaning of life?

 

Most people struggle with who they are. Our identity as humans is relentlessly under fire. If you look into the secret lives of people in all walks of life, you find individuals who try to look big or successful on the outside but who are crying deeply for love on the inside. Others have the opposite and put themselves down on every occasion. A worldwide problem is not being able to love ourselves the way that God loves us. Most of us do not do this well. Let's remind ourselves of the words of Jesus from John 15 - “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full” (John 15:11). And we will then be able to say:

 

“I can do all things  through him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

“You are my strength, I watch for you; you, God, are my fortress” (Psalm 59:9)

"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. Then let me go in full confidence in Your strength."

 

21st May - A fruitful life

 

If we want to fulfil our calling and purpose in life, we must really know who we are in Christ. Knowing our Father's love and care is absolutely essential. 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 and a personal relationship with Him. Let's remind ourselves of the verses from John 15 that have been central to this week's prayers:

 

“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full” (John 15:7-11).

 

"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. Amen"

 

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.

15 may

Half night of prayer 8 -12 PM

Every Monday

Meet for prayer 7.30 -  9.00 PM

Every Thursday

School of Theology Online
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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Turning Point church

 +44 (0)7468 514739

michael@turningointchurch.co.uk

27A, Morley Road

Pokesdown

BOURNEMOUTH BH65 2JJ

United Kingdom

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