Fasting & Prayer Initiative, Week 11

Blessings on your Sunday afternoon!

We are now less than a week away from The Return on Saturday, September 26, starting at 9am. Some will be gathering in Washington DC for this national event. If you are not able to do that, please consider coming to Advent Church to participate in the simulcast, which will be presented from 9am to 5pm.

If you are coming to this special event that Advent is hosting for the community, you are welcome to come for the whole day or for a segment or two. For the schedule, which is subject to change, please click on the link below. Please note that this includes worship on Friday evening:

Please do not carry food or beverages into the sanctuary. Since this is prayer and fasting event, food will not be available, however Dick McCormick will be providing water for your convenience. I encourage you to be prayed up and expect to hear from the Lord.

I will be bringing my Bible (YouVersion on my phone) and my iPad for journaling. I suggest that you bring your Bible and note taking equipment as well. This will not be a passive event, but one in which I want to be engaged actively.

What follows are a few suggested passages to guide you in your preparation and personal prayer this week:

  • “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”—Hebrews 13:8 (NCV) 
  • “That is why the LORD says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning.”—Joel 2:12 (NLT2) 
  • “The people of Nineveh believed God. They announced that they would stop eating for a while, and they put on rough cloth to show their sadness. All the people in the city did this, from the most important to the least important. When the king of Nineveh heard this news, he got up from his throne, took off his robe, and covered himself with rough cloth and sat in ashes to show how upset he was. He sent this announcement through Nineveh: By command of the king and his important men: No person or animal, herd or flock, will be allowed to taste anything. Do not let them eat food or drink water. But every person and animal should be covered with rough cloth, and people should cry loudly to God. Everyone must turn away from evil living and stop doing harm all the time. Who knows? Maybe God will change his mind. Maybe he will stop being angry, and then we will not die. When God saw what the people did, that they stopped doing evil, he changed his mind and did not do what he had warned. He did not punish them.”—Jonah 3:5-10 (NCV) 

The Lord Jesus bless you as you seek Him this week for our nation and for the release of The Third Great Awakening!

Paul Laursen
On behalf of the leadership teams of The Praise Community and Advent Church

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