First Tuesday Fast
First Tuesday Fast @ Mercyview
January 2020: The Law of the Lord is Perfect
We invite you to join us in fasting and praying for ourselves, our church, our city and beyond on the first (second if there are five Tuesdays) Tuesday of every month. If that doesn’t fit your schedule, please be creative in how you can use it. It’s our invitation to you to partner with us as we pray for holiness, reliance on Christ, and a passion for mission!
What is Fasting?
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In our guide you will notice an intentional progression: up, in, out, and up again. Looking up to our Father, looking into our own hearts, looking out to a specific sphere of mission, and then looking back up again at our Father. Our theme for the January 2020 Fast is: The Perfect Law of the Lord
We turn our eyes to You. The heavens declare your glory. The skies proclaim your handiwork. Lord, may I too proclaim your glory and your handiwork as the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart are made acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.”
Psalm 19:1-2, 14 “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.”
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.”
We turn our eyes to our own hearts. Father, where do I look for revival? What do I look to to find security and wisdom? What do I fear? Lord, do I find you more desirable than gold and sweeter than honey? Give me grace to ask you and grace to hear your response, then give me help and kindness to repent.
Based on Psalm 19:7-11 May we know the perfect law of the Lord which revives our soul. May we know the testimony of the Lord that is sure and makes the simple wise. May our hearts rejoice for the precepts of the Lord are right. May our eyes be enlightened for the commandment of the Lord is pure. May we fear the Lord and his righteous rules, desiring them more than gold and finding them sweeter than honey. May I heed your word and find there great reward.
This month we turn our eyes outward towards the harvest to church plants we support as Mercyview. Our desire is to support them financially but also to come alongside them and support them in prayer. The Apostle Paul reminds us in 2 Cor 1:8-11 of the great importance of this. “We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us. And you are helping us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for our safety.”
Join us in praying for Bryan Padgett, Redeemer in Stillwater, OK / Rodney Rambo, Rooted Joplin in Joplin, MO / Greg Schwab, Gospel Life Church in Jackson, MO.
- Pray that those who lead will be kept fresh and renewed in the riches of his grace. Pray the gospel will be powerfully at work in their hearts: granting them joy, wisdom and freedom in the midst of multiple challenges and spiritual assaults.**
- Protect them from criticism and buffer them from the difficulties of ministry. Help them enjoy the various gifts in their local bodies. Help them to know how to build a strong foundation that weathers the coming and going of people in our mobile cultures.**
- Grant them enough fruit to keep them encouraged, enough laughter to keep them soft, enough refreshment to keep them sane, enough grace to keep their teams from imploding, enough money to keep them from stressing, enough courage for facing death—in all its forms, and a supernatural endowment of hope, to keep them convinced that their labors in the Lord will never be in vain.**
**Adapted from Scotty Smith, “A Prayer for Church Planters, Pastors, and Missionaries,” TGC 4/7/15
We turn our eyes back to You. Give me grace to ask you and grace to hear your response as you reveal my hidden faults, my presumptuous sins and my transgressions. Give me eyes to see you as HOLY. And then by the work of the Holy Spirit, give me the ability and desire to repent. You declare me innocent from my hidden faults. You keep me back from presumptuous sin and and protect me from their dominion. Only in your righteousness am I innocent.
Psalm 19:12-14 “Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults. Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.”