Ministry Wide Day of Prayer and Fasting
The LORD utters his voice before his army, for his camp is exceedingly great; he who executes his word is powerful. For the day of the LORD is great and very awesome; who can endure it? “Yet even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments. ”Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster. … teach them the good way in which they should walk, and grant rain upon your land, which you have given to your people as an inheritance. “If there is famine in the land, if there is pestilence or blight or mildew or locust or caterpillar, if their enemy besieges them in the land at their gates, whatever plague, whatever sickness there is, whatever prayer, whatever plea is made by any man or by all your people Israel, each knowing the affliction of his own heart and stretching out his hands toward this house, then hear in heaven your dwelling place and forgive and act and render to each whose heart you know, according to all his ways (for you, you only, know the hearts of all the children of mankind), that they may fear you all the days that they live in the land that you gave to our fathers. Joel 2:11-13; 1 Kings 8:36b-40 ESV
Lord, we come to You today, completely humbled. You are the Almighty who never fails to show Your power, whether it is to withhold or lavish. We turn from whatever has directed our focus away from Your face: our disappointment, disapproval and disdain, as well as those things that prohibit our hearts from being consumed completely by You. We praise You as the One who clears away the things that keep us from abiding in, and bearing the fruit of, the Vine. Community Bible Study offers You our whole heart in gratefulness for Your compassion and unrelenting love. Could there be any greater glory than offering You what You have already entrusted to us? As we continue in trust, we thank You for being our proximate God. Psalm 119:71 says, “It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.” We ask that you listen to our heart’s cry today, Lord. We thank you and recognize that You have seen our affliction. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.