– Fasting was an expected discipline in both the Old and New Testament eras. For example, Moses fasted at least two recorded 40-day periods. Jesus fasted 40 days and reminded His followers to fast saying, “when you fast“, not if you fast.
– Fasting and prayer can restore the loss of the “first love” for your Lord and result in a more intimate relationship with Christ.
– Fasting is a biblical way to truly humble yourself in the sight of God (Psalm 35:13; Ezra 8:21). King David said, “I humble myself through fasting.”
– Fasting enables the Holy Spirit to reveal your true spiritual condition, resulting in brokenness, repentance, and a transformed life.
– Fasting can transform your prayer life into a richer and more personal experience.
– Fasting can result in a dynamic personal revival in your own life and make you a channel of revival to others.
POINTS OF FOCUS.
#1. Spend time praying for yourself. Ask God to reveal any unconfessed sin. Pray that God would continue to fuel your passion for Him. Pray that God would continue to give you the discipline to pursue Him and spend time with Him in the Word and in prayer. Spend time meditating on Psalm 63:1-8.
#2. Pray for our community, specifically for those who do not know Christ. Pray that God would continue to draw those who do not know Him into a loving relationship with Himself through His Son, Jesus Christ.
#3. Pray for our school partnership Christmas Project. Pray for the families that we will bless and serve around each of our campuses. Pray that what we provide will be a visible and tangible testimony of God’s grace. Pray that through this initiative many will have the opportunity to hear and respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
#4. Pray for the financial budget of Summit Church. Pray that we will be able to finish the year strong giving us the momentum and platform we need going into the next year. Pray that God would continue to grow us all in the area of stewardship of life and that as He does He would accomplish immeasurably more in and through us individual followers and collectively as a church.
#5. Pray for our Christmas Eve services at all 3 of our campuses. Pray that God would draw many from our community to one of our campuses and more importantly to Himself. Pray that many would respond to the Gospel message and God’s extension of love and forgiveness. Specifically pray for those co-workers, neighbors, friends and family members who you will be inviting to the Christmas Eve services.
#6. Pray for our Elders as they continue to seek the Lord and His wisdom in regards to the continual ministry and future of Summit. Pray that God would fill these men, and lead these men as they are called to lead His Church in to His mission.