First Tuesday Fast
First Tuesday Fast @ Mercyview
August 2019: Our God is Worthy to Be Blessed
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?
In the following excerpt Donald Whitney encourages us regarding the focus of our fasting, “Fasting can be an expression of finding your greatest pleasure and enjoyment in life from God. That’s the case when disciplining yourself to fast means that you love God more than food, that seeking Him is more important to you than eating. This honors God and is a means of worshiping Him as God. It means that your stomach isn’t your god as it is with some (see Philippians 3:19). Instead it is God’s servant, and fasting proves it because you’re willing to sublimate its desires to those of the Spirit.” The article can be found here, Why Do Christians Fast?
Please find below a suggested guide to direct you during your times of prayer. 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 August 2019 Fast is: Our God Is Worthy to Be Blessed.
We turn our eyes to You. Lord, teach us what it means to bless You. Give us eyes to see the greatness of who You are and the abundant nature of Your character. And as we see Your greatness, give us the strong desire to speak of Your mighty acts and glorious deeds to our own hearts and to others.
“I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds, and I will declare your greatness. They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of your righteousness. Psalm 145:1-7
We turn our eyes to our own hearts. Lord, make us aware of our need for You. We are bowed down. May we bow down in humility, call on You in our neediness and lean on Your righteousness alone.
“The LORD upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season. You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing. The LORD is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works. The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them. The LORD preserves all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy. My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD, and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.”
This month we turn our eyes outward to the harvest. Mercyview has been placed strategically near TU’s Campus. As TU begins a new school year this month pray, asking that:
- Students who follow Christ would grow this year in their formation as disciples of Jesus while they are learning skills to work and serve in the world. Ask that they understand the place of the local church in this process
- Those who don’t know who Jesus is or who have been hurt by a church experience would observe true followers of Christ in a way that is inviting and healing. Ask for open doors to the Gospel
- We at MercyView would love, befriend, and serve TU students through various opportunities including campus ministries that focus on outreach to international students, campus ministries that are gospel focused and students who find themselves at Mercyview
Mercyview had the privilege of sending out one of her own, *H, to serve in cross-cultural ministry. Pray that
- The Word of Christ would richly dwell in H as she seeks and worships Him daily (Col. 3:16).
- H’s time with Him would not be neglected in the midst of transitions, trainings, and stress.
- He would give H sleep, focus, and understanding as she prepares and learns. Trainings, logistics, paperwork, medical clinics, and communal living can quickly become overwhelming. Ask that H would depend on Him and not operate in self-sufficiency.
- Relationships with new teammates would begin to grow roots during training.
*H, security protocol
Consider our body at Mercyview. This month we want to pray for those who are in the midst of waiting, a place between suffering and restoration
- Waiting is an application of faith. It puts us in an uncomfortable place of being out of control. It leads us to the place of doing nothing but trusting. Pray for those waiting to trust Him.
- Waiting is not a waste. It demands active patience. Pray for those waiting to have eyes of faith. Waiting means He’s working.
- There is a mystery in waiting. It forces us, despite what we feel, to look to God and His goodness. Pray that those waiting would see and know His goodness.
We turn our eyes back to You. Father, help us trust You as we experience and learn of Your mercy, Your steadfast love and the nature of Your kingdom. Father, tune our hearts to Your words and Your works.
“The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The LORD is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made. All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your saints shall bless you! They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom and tell of your power, to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. The LORD is faithful in all his words and kind in all his works.” Psalm 145:8-13