We are in the middle of the second week of an emphasis on prayer and fasting! Together we are taking 15 minutes a day to pray for our spiritual development and for clarity about how we respond to the growth of Community Church. We are also practicing the spiritual discipline of fasting or self-denial.
We were sitting at the dinner table with the kids tonight. Shelle and I have chosen to fast from Wednesday lunch to Thursday lunch and during that time to focus on prayer. As the kids ate, they peppered us with questions. “Why aren’t you eating?” “Where are your plates?” We did our best to explain to a 10, 6 and 4 year-old the purpose of fasting and prayer. We talked about how the Bible talks about it as a way to be reminded that God is the provider of all things and that we need to depend upon him. We talked about how it is a way to focus less on yourself and more on God. We shared a few other thoughts as well. Luke, our four-year-old, still wasn’t quite getting it, so he said, “Dad, why are you supervising?” He kind of mixed up the words there. But his question was insightful. Because we tend to get mixed up in our thinking about life. We naturally want to be the supervisors of our life, don’t we. We like to be in charge. We like to call the shots. The explosive combination of prayer and fasting, stirs up our normal routines enough and focuses us in such a way that we are reminded that God is our supervisor.
I am very excited about this month for us as a church. As we are attentive to God and practice trusting him, I believe that God will do an extraordinary work in us. I know that God’s promise is true that when we seek him, we will find him. Check out this passage. It comes from Jeremiah 29 and may be familiar to you.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God has a plan for us. God has a plan for us as a church. God has an extraordinary future for us together. I believe the next three years are going to be a time of great spiritual growth and expansion of impact to our community. I imagine us reaching out to hundreds more people who don’t yet know the love of God. I see many, many lives being changed, healed, restored and saved.
However, this is typically where stop reading Jeremiah’s words. But look at how he continues.
“‘Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord.'” What is the end goal of God’s plan for spiritual growth? Why does God promise to prosper the work of his people? It is that we would truly find God. That we would fully see him, feel him, know him and discover him. God wants to be found! God wants the world to find him. God wants us to discover the wonder of letting him be our supervisor in life.
May we together seek God. May we together find God. May we together help our community find him.
I am looking forward to worshipping together as a community this Sunday. Remember, Ken Davis will be our speaker this Sunday. You will be blessed by it in a big way. See you there.
If you would like more information about this emphasis on prayer and fasting, check out our website http://www.mpccfamily.org/#/prayer-fasting or you can watch this video message from me http://vimeo.com/36030687.