Draw the Circle – 40 Day Prayer Challenge
Our Pastor is calling the church to 40 Days of Prayer as we lead up to Easter.
Monday, March 6, 2017 – Good Friday, April 14
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The Heights INFUSE Daily Devotional will run alongside our 40 days with scripture and challenges to maximize our focus and our prayers during this season of prayer.
Prayer Walk – Saturday, March 25th – 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
Meet at The Heights, and we will send you out with prayer guides to local ministry CROSSROADS for concerted prayer. Click here to read a great article on preparing to Prayer Walk.
Focused Days of Fasting
- Saturday, March 25th – Begin fast after supper on March 24 and break the fast Saturday evening.
- Good Friday, April 14th – Begin fast after supper on April 13 and break the fast after attending one of our Good Friday services at 4:30 P.M. and 6:00 P.M.
6 Easy Steps to Get Started Fasting
Fasting sounds so simple, and yet the world, our flesh, and the devil conspire to introduce all sorts of complications that keep it from happening. In view of helping you start down the slow path to good fasting, here are six simple pieces of advice.
1. Start small.
Don’t go from no fasting to attempting a week long. Start with one meal; maybe fast one meal a week for several weeks. A juice fast means abstaining from all food and beverage, except for juice and water. Allowing yourself juice provides nutrients and sugar for the body to keep you operating, while also still feeling the effects from going without solid food. It’s not recommended that you abstain from water during a fast of any length.
2. Plan what you’ll do instead of eating.
Fasting isn’t merely an act of self-deprivation, but a spiritual discipline for seeking more of God’s fullness. Which means we should have a plan for what positive pursuit to undertake in the time it normally takes to eat. One significant part of fasting is the time it creates for prayer and meditation on God’s word or some act of love for others.
3. Consider how it will affect others.
Fasting is no license to be unloving. It would be sad to lack concern and care for others around us because of this expression of heightened focus on God. Love for God and for neighbor go together. Good fasting mingles horizontal concern with the vertical.
4. Try different kinds of fasting.
The typical form of fasting is personal, private, and partial, but we find a variety of forms in the Bible. Consider fasting together with your family, small group, or church. Plead with special earnestness for God’s help by linking arms with other believers to fast together.
5. Fast from something other than food.
Fasting from food is not necessarily for everyone. Some health conditions keep even the most devout from the traditional course. However, fasting is not limited to abstaining from food. If the better part of wisdom for you, in your health condition, is not to go without food, consider fasting from television, computer, social media, or some other regular enjoyment that would bend your heart toward greater enjoyment of Jesus.
6. Don’t think of white elephants.
When your empty stomach starts to growl and begins sending your brain every “feed me” signal it can, don’t be content to let your mind dwell on the fact that you haven’t eaten. If you make it through with an iron will that says no to your stomach, but doesn’t turn your mind’s eye elsewhere, it says more about your love for food than your love for God.
Christian fasting turns its attention to Jesus or some great cause of his in the world. Christian fasting seeks to take the pains of hunger and transpose them into the key of some eternal anthem, whether it’s fighting against some sin, or pleading for someone’s salvation, or for the cause of the unborn, or longing for a greater taste of Jesus.
Excerpts from “Fasting for Beginners” by David Mathis, Executive Editor – DesiringGod.org. Read the entire article here – http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/fasting-for-beginners