Thursday, December 27, 2012

40 Day Prayer|Fasting Challenge

ch at Hampton Roads, we are committing to put God first and to give Him the first when it comes to our year.  There comes a time when our desire for godly change outweighs our desire for food itself, that moment comes when we want to see God sized breakthrough in our lives and in the lives of those in our region.  We live in a time that without God involved we will only experience defeat and death at every turn. We need God present!  We ABSOLUTELY NEED His power at work for us.  We as a church will take a stand and declare Jesus alone to be our Sustainer, our Refuge, our Hope, our Savior, the Author and Finisher of our faith.

Fasting & Prayer brings a new level of God's power into our lives and enables us to see breakthrough where we have not seen breakthrough before (Mark 9:17-29).  It is about aligning us with God's will, NOT hunger striking against Him in order to get Him to conform to our will.  When we align ourselves with Him He fights for us, directs us, guides us, protects us, leads us into our ultimate calling and brings a new level of breakthrough power into our lives. After all, this battle you and I are fighting is NOT physical (Ephesians 6:12).

Joshua 3:5, "Joshua told the people, consecrate yourselves (set yourself apart for God's purposes only), because the Lord WILL DO WONDERS (miracles, amazing things!) among you tomorrow."

CHR, God promises to do AMAZING things, God sized MIRACLES if we, His people will set ourselves apart for Him alone.  Our job is to consecrate ourselves, his job is to do miracles.  But His miracles are tied to our faith and our consecration.  If He is number one in our lives He will move on our behalf.  2 Chronicles 17:14 says:

"If My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, I will forgive their sin and heal their land."

We WILL see God bring breakthrough because we will NOT live pridefully.  Our humility WILL bring the favor of our God!

Details/What you need for CHR's 40 Day Challenge:

  • Starts January 1st 
  • Ends February 9th 
  • Purchase and work through Mark Batterson's book…..ALL IN 
  • Purchase ALL IN by clicking the link below:
  • Purchase a journal.  Write down specific prayers you are praying along with anything you feel God is speaking to your heart and mind.
  • Specific things to pray this year along with Sarah and I concerning CHR:
    • That CHR accomplish its vision well.  CHR's Vision: To lead people into becoming fully devoted followers of Christ.
    • That we do our part in The Great Commission, that we reach others.
    • That CHR and ALL of its people will walk in wisdom, favor and influence.
    • That CHR's DNA and culture would be spiritual maturity.  Spiritual maturity defined?  Serving others above ourselves.  (John 15:13)  
    • That CHR and ALL of its people would do NOTHING from selfish ambition (Philippians 2:3)
    • That CHR and ALL of its people would be anxious for NOTHING (Philippians 4:6), trusting God will be faithful in ALL things.
  • Now believe, sit back and watch God bring a new level of breakthrough to you, your family, your marriage and our church because we are seeking Him with ALL of our heart...

Jeremiah 29:13

You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.


Dave Kleffman said...

I am really excited about this fast! God is going to move in amazing ways!

DShetler said...

Great blog Brother! I had to read it during my lunch hour ;-).