July 11th thru July 31st
21 days of prayer and fasting*
of our 21 day Daniel Fast
Thank you for being a part of this prayer initiative.
For more information see the ION Website posting: https://orality.net/event/ion-21-days-of-prayer-and-fasting/
As we start week 3, know that the ION Prayer Team is praying for you. We pray that your time during this fast is a time spent asking and sharing with God what you are looking for during this time of prayer. We pray for your intentionality, strengthening of you spirit man and your walk with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Jesus Calling by Sarah Young shares, “Relax and let ME lead you through the day. I have everything under control: MY control. You tend to peer anxiously into the day that is before you, trying to figure out what to do, and when. Attentiveness to Me is not only for your quiet time, but for all your time. As you look to Me, I show you what to do now and next. When you let Me direct your steps you are set free to enjoy Me and to find what I have prepared for you this day.“
We are praying for you to step into this week afresh and receive a new word from the Father. Enjoy, Be refreshed, Be prepared to follow the Father, as He leads.
I will admit, this 21 days has had its ups and downs… But is yet another bright spot in following the Waymaker as He leads and in finding new things along the way. Not just in the spiritual world, but things like this great shake which is both refreshing and nourishing.
It is simply ice, equal parts of : carrot juice & orange juice and a scoop of protein powder blended together. It resembles the old fashioned Orange Julius!
Here is the link for the Week 3 menu suggestions and recipes pages from c3Church.com: http://c3church.com/blog/daniels-fast-recipes-week-three/
Thank you to all who are praying during our 21 days. No matter what God has told you to do, it is all needed. We appreciate you bringing your portion.
Here is a blog post from one of our ION Partner groups, global prayer coordinator related to prayer and fasting. Thank you Colin Stott for being willing to share your posts with everyone.
Prayer and Fasting by Colin Stott
Global Prayer Coordinator
Global Recording Network (GRN)
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“So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes.” (Daniel 9:3 NIV)
There are several things that increase our effectiveness in prayer: faith that believes God will do all He has promised; a spirit of praise that blesses God and inhibits the work of the enemy; and a holy life through which God can work unhindered. Imagine how formidable a prayer warrior with such qualities will be to our enemy.
Another component that will make the prayer warrior even more daunting to the enemy is fasting. Why fasting? Fasting allows us to focus more time and energy on prayer. It indicates a willingness to go through some self-denial to advance the kingdom of God. And Jesus told us that some spiritual battles can only be won by a combination of prayer and fasting. (Mark 9:29 KJV)
There are times in our lives for both feasting and fasting. We celebrate special occasions with special meals. Feasting however doesn’t lend itself to serious prayer as does fasting. It is those times when we deny ourselves food that we find the heart and strength to pray with intensity.
While there is no scriptural command to fast as there is for prayer, the Bible assumes we will fast because Matthew 6:16 talks about when we fast, not if we fast. Fasting has been practiced by God’s people throughout the ages and is often associated with sorrow over sin, times of national crisis, the need for revival, and times when special guidance or wisdom is needed. It is also used in preparation for missionary work.
Scripture doesn’t mandate how often or how long we should fast. It is something we do at God’s prompting. Those with health restrictions may need to forgo other necessities instead of food. The thing is that we should fast in secret (except for times of corporate fasting) so as not to show off our “spirituality.” (Matt 6:16-18)
Fasting is hard on the flesh so it is usually easier not to do it. True fasting can only be done in our Lord’s strength and not our own. We should never be legalistic about fasting or think of it as a duty. It is something we do out of love for our Lord and a longing to see Him exalted and adored by all peoples.
Global Prayer Coordinator
Global Recording Network (GRN)
Colin is author of ‘Prayer Thoughts,’ a collection of monthly prayer articles to encourage GRN staff in their prayer lives and dealing with various practical aspects of prayer.
John Wesley once said, “God does nothing but in answer to prayer.”
It does seem that God has made prayer indispensable for carrying out His purposes on earth. ‘Prayer Thoughts’ encourages us to grow in our role as intercessors believing God rules the nations through the prayers of His people. What a privilege and responsibility we have in prayer.
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Prayer and Fasting – The Bible assumes we will fast because Matthew 6:16 talks about when we fast, not if we fast.
Just as a reminder:
The next 5th Friday Prayer for the Persecuted is coming up, Beginning at 9pm (EDT) July 29th thru 9pm (EDT) July 30th. Please do plan to join for 2 minutes, 20 minutes, 2 hours or the entire 24 hours as you can. Persecution Watch will be facilitating the call and you will be welcomed.
AND Time is running out on getting your Discount for the upcoming ION Regional Conference Sept. 12th thru 14th in Houston. Register at: http://ionevents.org