First Tuesday Fast / June 2021
June 2021: The Lord's Prayer
Written by: Lauren Jones
We invite you to join us in fasting and praying for ourselves, our church, and our city on the first Tuesday of every month. We welcome you to partner with us as we pray for holiness, reliance on Christ, and a passion for mission!
What is Fasting?
Fasting traditionally involves abstaining from food for a set period of time. There are various reasons to fast but the overarching goal in fasting is to seek spiritual nourishment and an increased focus on God’s work in and around us. The physical hunger we experience while fasting reminds us of our spiritual need for Christ and drives us to seek him as our sustenance and strength. The time we would normally use to prepare and enjoy a meal is typically spent in prayer and study of the Bible. One way to share this experience in community is to gather together in small groups throughout the city to pray and read the Bible together. Some people will choose to fast one meal, others a 24 hour period, others a variation of this. You are certainly free in this. If you are new to fasting, you can find some valuable information in the two articles provided here, Fasting for Beginners. (https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/fasting-for-beginners) and Sharpen Your Affections with Fasting (https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/sharpen-your-affections-with-fasting).
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 Christ. Our theme for the June 2021 First Tuesday Fast is: The Lord's Prayer
We turn our eyes to You, Father
Our Father in heaven,
your name be honored as holy.
In our nearness to you God, let us not forget your holiness! It does us good to remember our only way into your presence is by the covering of Jesus’ blood. Priests would tremble to enter into your holy presence. Day and night heavenly beings speak of your holiness. As your people we hope to live and speak in ways that honor your name as holy!
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Hearing stories of your kingdom was surely some part of what drew near to consider you as our God and as our Savior, Christ. There are days it feels more of a sacrifice to choose your will over our own will. But by any measure we are able to make that choice, we do it in hope and belief that it will give way to the goodness of your kingdom among us. And we are encouraged when we see signs of your kingdom here on earth! So let us ask for more of your kingdom here in our midst in whatever way you will bless us with it! We want to be people who continue to make this choice throughout our days in the hope and belief that your will is better than ours.
We turn our eyes to our own hearts.
Give us today our daily bread.
Let us take a moment to consider our need. God, we ask you to provide what we cannot. When our need overwhelms us in the day ahead, Spirit, remind us that we have an audience with The One who gives life and daily bread. Remind us to ask that we would receive.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
We will surely miss the mark today. When we feel conviction, rather than hiding and making excuses, can we confess our sin? And trust in the grace and forgiveness Christ gives us? Being so loved, help us bear the cost of forgiving people who need it from us.
This month we turn our eyes outward to people MercyView desires to serve in Tulsa
Brad recently taught on how mercy and justice adorns how we share the good news of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. With great hope, we have committed to make ways to minister to people in Tulsa with a heart of justice and mercy. The practicalities of these hopes have been growing over the past years in partnerships with: Stand in the Gap - youth/young adults exiting foster care - mentor relationship
- International ministry on the TU campus - reengage with relationships on campus
- Students - Baptist Collegiate Ministry at TU - mentor relationship
- City of Hope - caring for homeless in Tulsa
- Racial Harmony in Tulsa - establishing relationships with people and churches in black community as we listen, lament, learn and love
Our attempts at this would be foolish without continued prayer so we want to join together to pray about these efforts and thank God for any ways we have been able to serve in his name. We need his Spirit to lead us. We need wisdom and courage. We ask to be moved by generosity and given strength to advocate. We need help to meet physical and spiritual needs and to serve as we have been served by God.
We turn our eyes back to Christ
And do not bring us into temptation,but deliver us from the evil one.
Who delivers us from evil and temptation? Our efforts to do it ourselves often fall short. Jesus, you are the one who delivers us from temptation and shares your power with us over evil. As we remain in you there is a mysterious way your life and power lives in us. Deliver us from the ways the evil one is at work. Jesus, it is you we give our praise to as you continue to set people free from the evil one!