Prayer & Fasting
I encouraged the church in yesterday's sermon to begin a time of fasting and praying as a way of experiencing more of God's love. I encourage you to listen to the talk and join in as we press into Jesus for the month of January, fasting one meal a day and using that time to pray, worship or spend time in your Bible. We have never done anything like this together as a church, but we feel God is calling us to draw closer to Him.
The goal is not to become more disciplined, but rather to grow in our love for God. Out of this love relationship with God, everything else flows. God is eager to meet with us, spend time with us, pour His love into and over us. This is an exciting time for RCC — thank you for being a part of this journey we are on together! Come Holy Spirit:)!!
Here are some links to daily devotionals. I am currently on an Andrew Murray kick, so I have listed some from him as well as a few classics. I encourage you to find one that resonates with you and speaks to your heart.
Daily in His Presence by Andrew Murray
Devotional by Andrew Murray
Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young
My Daily Pursuit: Devotions for Every Day by A.W. Tozer
My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
I read a devotional the first thing every day. They are short, but often God uses them to speak to me and remind me of deep truths. His word sown into our hearts every day is not only important, but necessary if we want to be led by the Holy Spirit in all our life.
The full blessings and promises of Jesus only come to those who spend time with Him. So, spend more time with Jesus. That is the vehicle to experiencing more of God's love. Then and only then will we be able to love each other and the lost.
Start by pressing into Jesus.
Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer;
from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint.
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I,
for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy.
Let me dwell in your tent forever! Let me take refuge under the shelter of your wings!
For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.
O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you;
My flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary beholding your power and glory.