This week we began a focused 20 days of prayer and fasting, leading up to our 2 year celebration since our big launch in South County.
No matter where you are on the journey of faith, we want to encourage you to take 20 minutes in the morning, 20 minutes at lunch time and 20 minutes at night. Pray specifically for our church family, your family, your neighborhood, your town, your workplace, your communities, this region and world.
I’ve been using a simple acronym (CLAY) that the Lord gave me that has been helpful. I hope it encourages you. It was awakened out of a specific verse that has impacted me greatly over the years, “But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7
C – communion with God. We have 24/7 instant access with our Father because of the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus. Converse with our infinite yet intimate God. We are children in relationship with our Father. With your Bible open, remember God’s character, his holiness, wisdom, love, beauty, majesty, grace and mercy. God is with us and for us in Christ!
L – listening to God. With your Bible open, eyes and ears open, heart humbled with a posture of dependence on God, listen to God. God speaks through his glorious Word, creation and the church, in the power of the Holy Spirit.
A – asking God. Ask God specifically for God’s glory to shine brightly in your life, church, work, South County and world. Ask God for specific things. Ask boldly and confidently in Christ. We can offend God when we don’t ask big and bold requests. The focus isn’t on us but the greatness of our God. Jesus reminds us that we don’t receive because we often don’t ask in faith. So, ask boldly!
Y – yielding to God. As we pray and seek God, we yield, we rest; remembering his ability and power to do immeasurably more through us and around us in Christ!
Much more can and will be said about prayer, but I encourage you to lean into God over these 20 days. I also encourage you to consider fasting for one meal. Feel free to do more as the Spirit leads you. I’ve often found that lunch time is the best time for me but it’s different for everyone. If you have specific questions, please connect with me.
We pray and fast to remember that God is truly most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him. We pray and fast to remember that Jesus is living water and the bread of life. We are completely dependent on God and we need to remember this liberating reality.
Important to remember that you are loved and accepted, no matter how much you pray or fast. This isn’t for the “spiritually serious Christians” but a great oppurtunity for all of us to seek God together.
Finally and ultimately, these days are about celebrating God’s faithfulness and stories of revival over the last few years. Celebrating and asking God to do it again in abundance. We are asking God to awaken within us a greater awareness of his activity all around us and his power within us.
We worship and follow Jesus, the only true God, who is full of abundance. May we continue to lean into his abundant promises. This church, God’s church, was birthed on this promise “the Lord is good, his unfailing love endures forever and his faithfulness continues to each generation.” Psalm 100:5
Praise the Lord! Amazing grace and mercy!
We are revived to see revival…
The best days are ahead,
Pastor Stephen + Lindsay
“The knowledge of God’s Father-love is the first and simplest, but also the last and highest lesson in the school of prayer.” Andrew Murray