Harmony's 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting

blob

Harmony Christian Church has been blessed over the last year in many ways, yet in other ways it has been a tough year, with Dr. Billy having multiple surgeries, as well as other stuff having health issues or issues with their families. It just seems like the enemy has been on the attack here.

As we step into 2019, HCC’s Men’s and Women’s is inviting/challenging the entire church to start the year off by participating in 21 days of prayer and fasting. Now before you say, “No way, I can’t fast.” Let’s look at what the Bible says about fasting. In the sermon on the mount, Jesus said:

“And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get. But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face. Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except you Father, who knows what you do in private. And you Father, who sees everything, will reward you.” Matthew 6:16-18

Notice Jesus says when you fast, not if you fast.

Now, some of you may have dietary restrictions and should not fast from food without consulting your physician. Please be safe. The purpose of fasting is to deny yourself and instead, turn your focus to God in prayer. So we are challenging you to fast and also be open to alternative options of fasting as listed below:

  1. Water only

  2. Fasting a certain meal. (lunch, dinner, or breakfast)

  3. Social media (giving up social media completely, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, ect.)

  4. Starbucks or your favorite coffee or latte

  5. Giving up sweets (so maybe no dessert for 21 days)

  6. Giving up certain types of meat or meat all together (beef or pork or seafood)

  7. Pray for a personal area of concern

The key is to sacrifice something of specific value to you.

When is the fast?

Starts Monday, January 7th, 2019

Last day is Sunday, January 27th, 2019

Why Pray?

“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. My eyes will be open and my ears attentive to every prayer made in this place. For I have chosen this Temple and set it apart to be holy, a place where my name will be honored forever, I will always watch over it, for it is clear to my heart.” 2 Chronicles 7:14-16

We ask you to daily, throughout the day pray for the following at a minimum:

  1. For God to be honored and lifted up in this place, He would be glorified.

  2. Pray for those outside the Church that have never had a relationship with Jesus or that have let that relationship grow cold, to fall passionately in love with Jesus, that He become their hearts desire.

  3. Pray for our paid staff and volunteer staff to keep Jesus 1st in every task done at Harmony. Pray for their protection form the enemy.

  4. Pray for all the volunteers at Harmony (connect team leaders, worship team, pastoral care team, coffee team, greeters, youth, children, card ministry, quilt ministry, security, maintenance, etc.) to have the energy and endurance to run the race with patience and focus on winning. Pray for their area of ministry to have much fruit for Jesus.

  5. Pray for the members of Harmony (includes all staff) that they grow more in love with Jesus and are enthusiastically excited to share Jesus daily with those they come in contact with. Pray that many come to know Jesus through these efforts.

  6. Pray for revival to come to the Georgetown area so large that it creates a growth challenge for the staff at Harmony and other evangelical churches in the community!

In addition to your personal daily prayer time, we will provide a daily time of corporate prayer together. Please, join as much as you are able in the chapel.

Monday-Friday starting at 12:15 pm and 5:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday starting at 7:30 am and 5:30 pm for approximately 30 minutes each time for a short devotional and prayer time.

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever!” Ephesians 3:20-2

Thank you for joining to support this 21 days of prayer and fasting!

David Burchfield

HCC Men’s Ministry Pastor

Elder HCC

Robert FrisoneComment