First Tuesday Fast / January 2021
First Tuesday Fast @ Mercyview
Tuesday, January 5 2021: Our God Who Waits & Longs
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.
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 January 2021 First Tuesday Fast is: Our God who Longs & Waits
We turn our eyes to You, Father, considering how you long and wait
Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you, and therefore He waits on
high to have compassion on you. For the Lord is a God of justice;
How blessed are all those who long for Him.
Father, how much time has passed while you long to be gracious and compassionate towards people? How much time has passed as you long for us to turn and acknowledge your love for us? Your longing, God, tells us about your nature. You are loving and you have much thought toward us. You endure longing through generations that you would have us come to you freely, of our own choice. You have the power to command a people of your own, but you wait with patience and longing. How much joy must you have when one person turns, calls on you and offers their life?
We turn our eyes to our own hearts.
For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.
We think of our own longings. They seem to be a deep part of our human nature. Take a moment to consider what you long and wait for. Some of them good and right, many of them a mix of good and not good for us. So often our experience of longing can drain our strength for life. Can we trust God with our longings? Can we hold our longing with an open hand before our loving Father?
Father, we need your help with our longings. We want to trust you with them. We don’t want to be ruled by them. Help free our tight grip on what we long for that we might live free to be satisfied by you. That we might be filled with good things.
This month we turn our eyes outward toward MercyView’s Jim and Laura Campbell moving to Oldham in the UK
We will miss Jim and Laura Campbell. There is a sorrow mixed with hope at the thought of them leaving us. We join our hopes with theirs and with the church in Oldham that those in the city would come to know Jesus in a saving way and they would continue to grow strong in Christ. We look forward to hoping, praying and partnering with the Campbells and Oldham Bethel in the years to come!
Ways we can pray together:
- For a richness as we celebrate and honor the time and love we have shared with the Campbells.
- We pray that you, God would hold them under the covering of your close care while they are in the time between relationships here and the ones to develop in Oldham.
- Asking that God would nurture a growing relationship between our church and theirs as we long and work towards the same hopes in our own cities.
- That the Oldham Bethel church would continue to grow in strength and wisdom, understanding and live in a manner worthy of the Lord, bearing good fruit.
We turn our eyes back to Christ
And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this
Passover with you before I suffer.
Jesus, we think on your own longing to share the Passover meal with the disciples. How much time passed as you waited to share that you would be the sacrifice for the new covenant? Were you watching when Abraham offered Issac on the altar, knowing you would be the true and better sacrifice, to gain a people, a bride of your own? We want to be a people who can offer up our longings to you God as we share in the experience of longing with Christ in many different ways. As we order our lives with you Jesus, will you curiously blend our longings with your own longings, that our joy would be found in you!