'For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord….'

CCK Shoreham – Prayer/Fast Day #1

This is the first of 3 brief daily posts of encouragement as we pray and fast together for the successful launch of CCK Shoreham in the Autumn, the first new site in our change to becoming a multi-site church.

Fasting is always a challenge to my flesh AND always a blessing to my whole being!  Let me encourage you……….I don’t find this easy at all, but the spiritual discipline of fasting is one which is worth pursuing.

Firstly, what do I mean by fasting?

Spiritually speaking….

~ Fasting must first and foremost be towards God.  Receiving from Him or seeing situations changed are secondary matters.  Check that your motives are right as you enter into your fast.

~ Schedule in time to pray and read the Word.  If you don’t you will miss awesome opportunities to hear from God.

~ Be prepared for opposition!  It comes in surprising forms. It will also come from your own body, which is used to having three meals a day!  You may also find that well meaning friends, family, neighbours, work colleagues etc. will actively encourage you to stop.

~ Expect to hear God in dreams, visions, revelations and through the Word in new and unusual ways.

~ Do not listen to the lie that nothing is happening.  Fasting is a discipline that God has instigated, and He blesses the obedient.

Practically speaking….

~ You need to exercise wisdom.  A ‘water only’ fast is no good if you are doing a physically demanding job during the day.  If this is the case for you, try missing lunch as your ‘fast’, or perhaps just do breakfast instead.

~ If you have any medical conditions, don’t take risks, seek the advice of your GP.

~ By the way, this is not a ‘diet unto the Lord’ either!

Ultimately, we are doing this together as a local people in the Adur & Harbour Zones of CCK and the surrounding area, but the whole church will get behind us as we launch.  Momentum will build.

Let me get to the point. Here’s what to pray for today….

– for yourself, that you would personally know God’s appointment in this challenge together

– for wisdom for the eldership team as we plan & prepare

Enjoy your day……see you tomorrow!

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