First Tuesday Fast
First Tuesday Fast @ Mercyview
February 2019: Our Generous God
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?
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 February 2019 First Tuesday Fast is: Our Generous God. Thoughts of our own neediness compel us to consider the generous nature of our God.
We turn our eyes to You. Lord, we see the abundance of Your generosity towards us.
In Your lovingkindness to us, in Your provision of refuge for us and satisfaction for our thirst. “How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings. They drink their fill of the abundance of Your house; And You give them to drink of the river of Your delights.”Psalm 36:7-8
In Your generosity You have provided an abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness. “For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. Romans 5:17
In Your generosity You have blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. For this we bless You, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Ephesians 1:3
We turn our eyes to our own hearts. We are grateful the Gospel found us, we acknowledge we need the Gospel today and our future hope lies in that same Gospel. This is a testimony of Your lavish generosity.
“and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus. It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life.” 1 Timothy 1:14-16
This month we turn our eyes outward.
We believe God has called us to be a church planting church. We are convicted that the local church is the Spirit-prompted initiator and the immediate aim (not the ultimate aim, which is worship to the Glory of God) of mission. Our desire is the planting of new local churches, locally and globally, through prayer and financial support, as well as in advisory roles. Our current partnerships include:
City Hope - Tulsa, OK
- CityHope has been officially commissioned as a new church. Pray for them to have wisdom, to have hope and to have endurance as they enter a new season.
- Pray for CityHope’s leadership team as they navigate the details of being a young church. Those include a church covenant, formal partnership, communication tracks, and transportation needs.
- Pray for continued financial support knowing that God wants to reach P61 for His glory and the neighborhood’s good.
Redeemer Stillwater - Stillwater, OK
- We are privileged to support and pray for Bryan Padgett, his family and the leadership team at Redeemer Stillwater.
- The vision and mission of Redeemer is lived out through their gospel communities, men’s and women’s discipleship groups and other theological development tracks . Pray for them to go deeper with one another and the gospel, and to go broader with the gospel on mission together in Stillwater.
- Specifically ask that the Father would to provide families to the church to strengthen them, Ask that Redeemer’s leadership would expand to include additional mature believers.
Mercyview’s Church Planting Residency
The main goal of our church planting residency program is to see churches planted to the glory of God and for his Kingdom. This year Trey Hopkins is stepping into this equipping track at Mercyview. Pray for him as he does so. Ask that he grow in his understanding of God’s vision for the local church. Ask that he grow in the giftings needed for the mission of church planting. Pray that he grow as a Godly husband and father.
We pray for God’s provision of laborers from among us.
Matthew 9:36, “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest."
We turn our eyes back to You. We ask that you cause our hearts to overflow with the same generosity that You have shown to us.
Lord, make us zealous for good works. “looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. Titus 2:13-14
Lord, enlighten our hearts. “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,” Ephesians 1:18
Lord, multiple grace and peace to us. “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.” 2 Peter 1:2-3