First Tuesday Fast
First Tuesday Fast @ Mercyview
April 2019: Our God Heals
We invite you to join us in fasting and praying for ourselves, our church, and our city on the first 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?
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 April 2019 First Tuesday Fast is: Our God Heals.
We turn our eyes to You. Lord, in our brokenness we find You to be our Healer. We praise You Lord and ask for eyes that we see the promises of Your gracious benefits to us based on Your abounding love.
“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases…” Psalm 103:1-3
We turn our eyes to our own hearts. Lord, as we read and pray this passage give us hearts to understand, grace to receive it and a desire to walk in it.
Lord, heal us of our weariness, “You are the Lord who redeems my life from the pit, who crowns me with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies me with good so that my youth is renewed like the eagle's. Psalm 103:4,5
Lord, heal us from our oppression. You are the LORD who works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. He made known his ways to Moses, His acts to the people of Israel. The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will He keep His anger forever. Psalm 103:6-9
Lord, You heal our iniquities and the shame associated with them. You do not deal with me according to my sins, nor repay me according to my iniquities. Psalm 103:10
This month we turn our eyes outward to immigrant Cities
If you look at the state of the world, you will notice men and women, for a variety of reasons, leaving their homelands and moving to another country, often another continent. Forces such as political instability, economic need, or opportunity for education are just some of the factors pushing them out of their countries of origin and pulling them to place like London, Athens, New York, and even Tulsa. Mercyview believes that, according to Acts 17, this unprecedented movement of peoples is something that GOD is doing. Paul declares there that it is GOD who sets the times and boundaries of the peoples (nations/ethnicities) of the earth SO THAT they might reach out for God and find Him!
Because of this, we believe a faithful response to what God is doing would be to focus our international outreach work on places where Unreached People Groups are moving, those who are leaving countries where the Gospel is currently unavailable, where the Scriptures of untranslated, and where the Church is not existent. And they are going to places where evangelism is legal, where Christians are all around them, and where they can hear of the good news for the first time.
This month, Mercyview invites you, your family, and your MC to pray for this vision of reaching the nations whom God has brought to the West. Here are some specific ways to pray:
- We want to send church planting teams to cities with high concentrations of Immigrants from Unreached People Groups, cities like New York and London. Pray that the Lord would raise up laborers from within Mercyview to go and proclaim Christ in these places.
- Pray that the Church throughout the West would strategically respond to the opportunities to love, serve, and reach Unreached immigrants who come to their neighborhoods.
- Pray that we at Mercyview would grow in our love for the sojourner, the immigrant, the refugee.
Consider the needs in our body at Mercyview. Pray for those experiencing loneliness.
- Ask that they especially know the promised presence of the Lord.
- Ask that they find the provision of a safe place to verbalize their loneliness, first casting their burdens to the Father and then to those around them.
- Ask that we as spiritual family are in tune with those around us, moving towards one another in tangible ways to welcome the lonely into our homes, into our lives, into our own places of need.
We turn our eyes back to You.
“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His steadfast love toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does He remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to His children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.
As for man, His days are like grass; He flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children's children, to those who keep His covenant and remember to do His commandments. The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, and His kingdom rules over all.
Bless the LORD, O you His angels, you mighty ones who do His word, obeying the voice of His word!
Bless the LORD, all His hosts, His ministers, who do His will! Bless the LORD, all His works, in all places of His dominion. Bless the LORD, O my soul! Psalm 103:11-22