Tuesday Fast / October 2020
First Tuesday Fast @ Mercyview
October 2020: Patience
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!
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 our Father. Our theme for the October 2020 First Tuesday Fast is: Patience
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
2 Peter 3:9
I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord. Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie!
We turn our eyes to You, Father, considering your patience
God who created blood vessels and birds that make nests with their beaks, we see your patience throughout the stories you have given us. You have taught us what patience is in the way you wait on your people to turn toward you, again and again. We see you bear with the difficulty of your people for generations, with great love. You bear with your people as you fulfill your promise to bless the nations.
We turn our eyes to our own hearts
We take some time to consider how we can be short on patience and act in ways requiring patience from you, God. We can be slow to obey and slow to trust you. We ask for you to grow and continue to nurture the seed of patience in us. We are in need of patience towards ourselves as well as those we love and the city we live in. We ask for love and trust to wait for your intervention.
This month we turn our eyes outward toward Mercyview’s hope of working alongside churches in European immigrant-recipient cities
Our hope at Mercyview is to see the gospel flow from our church, sending church planting teams to serve in stateside and European immigrant-recipient cities.
One of the ways we are responding to how God is moving and placing people is by developing partnerships with like-minded churches in the UK, in major immigrant recipient cities. Over the past year we have been in conversations with Oldham Bethel Church in Oldham, England, a deprived community on the edge of Manchester, in hopes of sending our first long-term missionaries to serve alongside them in reaching out to the asylum - seekers and Central Asian communities around them.
With joy, Jim and Laura Campbell are tentatively set to move to Oldham, England in mid-January of 2021! They are in the process of applying for visas and building a team of financial and prayer support for the work ahead.
Ways we can join together in prayer this month:
- Ask that the Campbells be given wisdom and understanding to transition well from our church to the Oldham Bethel community
- Continue to pray for Oldham Bethel and the believers there as they have opportunities to reach out in the community, asking that patience would dwell among them as they do they work of bearing witness of Jesus in a city where he is not known
- Wisdom as they continue to build a support team and rely on His provision
- For others at Mercyview who might be lead to join the work in the years to come
We turn our eyes back to Christ
We would be lost without your patience towards us, Jesus. You are the reason we have new songs to sing! We thank you for growing patience in us and how that gives way to see good things grow in relationship. We enjoy when we are able to be governed by patience and when we experience patience from others. We trust this comes from you alive in us!