First Tuesday Fast / August 2020
First Tuesday Fast @ Mercyview
August 2020: Needing Wisdom
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 our Father. Our theme for the August 2020 First Tuesday Fast is: Needing Wisdom.
We turn our eyes to You, Father.
Consider the nature of the wisdom that comes from God.
Make your ear attentive to wisdom,
Incline your heart to understanding;
For if you cry for discernment,
Lift your voice for understanding;
If you seek her as silver
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
Then you will discern the fear of the Lord
And discover the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom;
From His mouth comes knowledge and understanding.
God, you created heaven and earth. You designed us from nothing that we would reflect your image. You alone know the good ways for life. Your judgements and your ways are unsearchable. Yet, you offer the wisdom we need for this life. You hear the cries of your people for understanding. In your kindness you give to those who ask; those who are simple and who are smart, to the powerful and the weak as well as to the young and old. You give to those who understand your wisdom is a treasure worth seeking.
We turn our eyes to our own hearts.
We confess, Lord we need wisdom. We need help seeing when we are trusting in ourselves and our own understanding. The temptation to be wise in our own eyes is great. Given enough time we see the frustration and costly end that comes from living by our own understanding. We also see the fleeting stability of the wisdom of the current age. There are relentless offers to gain wisdom by people choosing ways of life apart from you. As your people, we want to be lead by you. We ask for faith to trust in the wisdom that you give.
This month we turn our eyes outward to college students at TU
Our location next to Tulsa University and having TU alumni at Mercyview feeds a continued hope that we have a relationship with students on the campus.
Time at university is often marked by a searching for truth and making decisions that will impact the direction of a student’s life. Just as with wisdom, many people in our world put a premium on finding their own truth. We have an opportunity to serve students and present to them with The Truth that leads to life! Even with the restraints of COVID, we want students to hear and respond to the gospel and see them raised up as laborers on the campus. We desire to see men and women established and equipped in their faith and sent into jobs bearing the gospel! The equipping can help them stand firm in faith in their prospective jobs, in church life in America, or taken to the Unreached peoples both at home and abroad.
Pray for those at MercyView thinking through how to meet with students in creative ways and consider their need for relationship with church while they are away from home
- Praying for those welcoming and serving new international students to campus by helping collect and distribute needed furniture through a campus ministry
- Pray that the Holy Spirit would prepare the hearts of students who will newly hear and consider the life Christ in the coming year. That their hearts would be good soil ready to receive and be transformed by the power of the gospel.
- Pray for restraint of the COVID virus from those on campus.
We turn our eyes back to You, giving glory and honor to you as our only hope through the path ahead.
God, You are worthy of praise at all times. Thank you for hearing our request for wisdom. We find our way with a right and respectful fear of you. We are thankful you have and will give us the wisdom we need for the days ahead. We take great delight, we treasure when we see your peaceful wisdom present in people.