Fuel 2020 - Week of Prayer & Fasting 'Lord, Revive Us'
Published on Saturday, 4 January 2020 12:35
“Revive us and we will call upon your name” Psalm 80.18
Sun 5th – Sat 11th January 2020 has been set aside for Fasting and Prayer between the hours of 6am and 6pm where it is hoped that all members will participate. We also welcome intercessors, friends and supporters of NTA wishing to stand with us in prayer during this time.
To get the best out of this period of fasting and prayer, I suggest that we do not only fast from food but also from TV, phones, social media, posting of memes, GIF etc, or devices which occupy our time. Spend as much time as possible praying, meditating on God's Word (have your Bible at hand) and listen to hear his voice.
LORD REVIVE US!
The week of prayer provides us with an opportunity to earnestly seek God, delight and take joy in Him and return to our Jesus, our first love. We want to ask God by the power of the Holy Spirit to REVIVE us again, both personally and corporately, so that our lives become completely saturated with Him. Resulting in Him actively moving, doing and working in us and causing a ripple effect in our homes, community, town, cities and nation.
"The earth become filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters covers the sea."
"Here is the secret of a life in prayer. Take time in the inner chamber to bow down and worship; and wait on Him until He unvails Himself, and take possession of you, and goes out with you to show how a man can live and walk in abiding fellowship with an unseen God."
Let us remember our church’s vision in relation to prayer and let its fruition be our fervent aim and determination:
“The church I see is a house of prayer for people of all ethnicities, cultures, religious and social backgrounds united as one in Christ.”
(from the NTAT Vision Statement 2018)
Week of PRAYER & FASTING in conjunction with NTA NATIONAL PRAYER:
Sun 5/01/2020 – Sat 11/01/2020
SIX II SIX - Daytime Devotional Prayer Programme:
Venue: At home or wherever you may be.
You are encouraged to pray individually, at your own dedicated time each morning, wherever you are, on the following themes:
Sunday 5th Jan:
Temple Cleansing - Personal consecration, repentance and forgiveness
Read: Psalm 51, 2 Chron 29: 1- 19
Monday 6th Jan:
Praise, adore and worship God.
Recognise Him for who He is.
Read: Malachi 1:11, 1 Chron 16:23-31
Tuesday 7th Jan:
Thank God for His Holiness, for the blessed Holy Spirit and ask him to fill you with His Spirit and to help you cultivate habits of holiness in your life.
Read: Exodus 15:11, Isaiah 6:3, Acts 4:31, John 14
Wednesday 8th Jan:
Meditate on the attributes of God, His love, grace, mercy and faithfulness.
Read: John 3:16, Rom 8:38-39, Lamentations 3:23
Thursday 9th Jan:
Seek God's face.
Read. Psalm 27:8, 2 Chron 7:4, 2 Chron 15:12
Friday 10th Jan:
Take delight in the Lord
Read: Psalm 37:4, Psalm 40:8, Psalm 119:16, Philippians 3:7-9
Saturday 11th Jan: National Day of Prayer
led by National Prayer Team
Evening Prayer Programme:
Venue: The Sanctuary,
NTA Tooting, 7 Beechcroft Road, SW17 7BU
Meeting times: 7pm daily
Prayer meetings will focus on a range of topics, needs and themes. Prayers will be facilitated and led by Ministers and lay members.
We are looking forward to seeing you all each evening and your participation in in the daily devotions.
About Fasting & Prayer
Fasting is the practice or the holy art of deliberately and voluntarily abstaining from the usual nourishment for the purpose of adding power to our prayer.
Prayer teacher Dick mills once said, “Anyone can pray to be sure, but few pray with power. So what is it that changes ordinary prayer into powerful praying?” He concludes that the answer must surely be fasting.
Some facts about fasting
Fasting humbles and brings us to that needful place of brokenness in spirit in readiness for God to work through us. Ref. Psalm 69:10
By afflicting the soul in this way we are putting our body in its place, i.e. in subjection to our spirit man from where the Holy Spirit governs our lives.
Ref. Leviticus 16:29, 1 Corinthians 9:27
Fasting gives victory over temptation. Jesus fasted for forty days and was tempted by the devil. Satan was no match to our Lord.
Ref. Matthew 4:2
Fasting is an act of worship that increases our spiritual antenna. It can be scientifically proven that by denying ourselves food and depriving our sense of taste in effect increases our spiritual receptivity.
Ref. Acts 13:2-3
The power of God is activated when we pray. More power is released when we fast and pray. Some victories will only come by praying and fasting.
Ref. Mark 9:29
“My eyes will watch over them for their good, and I will bring them back to this land. I will build them up and not tear them down; I will plant them and not uproot them. I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart”.
Ref. Jeremiah 24:6-7
1. In the early stage of your fast it is common to experience unpleasant physical symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, nausea etc. Do not allow these discomforts to deter you. Persevere!
2. Remember that hunger is partly a habit. Hold out. The
sensation of hunger will soon pass without you eating.
3. Avoid strenuous work and heavy lifting as this can cause dizziness.
4. It is wise to give up tea and coffee a few days before the start of the fast to get over caffeine withdrawal and headaches. (It is wise not to immediately return to tea and coffee).
5. Avoid constipation. Before and after fast, choose meals like fresh fruits, fruit juices, and dried figs. Prunes, apricot, oatmeal etc.
6. It is scriptural to abstain from fluids and solids (dry fast). Do not abstain from fluid for more than 72 hours.
7. Break your fast gradually. Drink tepid water and eat light food that is easily digested. The longer you have fasted, the greater care must to be taken. Exercise self-control. Remember that after two days of fasting, your stomach will shrink so do not expand it suddenly.
You don’t have to be a member of NTA Tooting.
All are welcome!
If you have a medical condition please check with your GP before you embark on a fast, especially a long fast.
For more info see Sis Marcelle Powell NTA Tooting Prayer Ministry Coordinator Email: firstname.lastname@example.org