For the month of March, together as a church Body, The Bridge Montrose will participating in Prayer and Fasting. Fasting is an act of worship and submission to God. We are coming together this month to seek spiritual rest in Christ- a better understanding of God-given Sabbath. Generally, we'll be following along the four elements of Sabbath from "Emotionally Healthy Spirituality" by Peter Scazzero (book HERE), but specifically, we'll be reading Scripture and praying that we draw nearer to God over this month. We trust that God will change all our hearts in ways we cannot imagine and don't want to limit.
Sabbath is an invitation to let our minds dwell on God's love.
As we stop work, rest and fill our lives with things that help us delight in the Lord, we are invited into deeper thoughts and personal understanding of God's great love. Our spirit is strengthened and our hearts are renewed with the knowledge that God's love abounds for his creation. God is love. His very character exhibits absolute perfect love. God shows his love in that he created us in his image and delegates his authority to us on earth. God shows his love in that he provides for the birds and the flowers and provides for us all the more. And above all, "God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
We have been forced to slow down. Our idols are one-by-one failing and being thrown into the fire. Yet in this space, God is faithful - He is inviting us to experience his love in a personal way this week and to be refreshed and recharged through the completed work of Jesus.
Prayer and Fasting Week 4
Read Psalm 139
- Praise God that He is perfect love
- Praise God that HE is all-knowing -- of the infinite and the personal
- Praise God that He is the designer and creator of everything
- Confession that we try to hide our shame and flee from His presence
- Thanks be to God that He wrote our name before we were born, knitted us together in the womb, and that He knows our deepest thoughts, greatest sins, and darkest secrets --- yet, He still loves us
- Thanks be to God for Jesus - the ultimate gift of love
- Prayer that we can see His love in His promises and provision
- Prayer that God helps us experience His love this week in a tangible awesome way
If you feel God calling you to participate and can do so in a healthy manner, please join with us in fasting and praying on Tuesday (See Resources below for more details). As we fast together, God will take away our distractions and will provide us perspective and insight into the only true sustaining rest in Christ.
If you have any questions about prayer and fasting, please reach out to Curt Kieffer (Email).
What is Fasting
- Does not need to be just from food – can also be social media, Netflix, coffee, skip one meal, remove specific food groups, etc. However, Scriptures primarily refer to abstaining from food
- An act of worship and submission to God
- Resisting supernatural strongholds
- NOT recommended for those who have health conditions or who have struggled with eating disorders
Heart Behind Fasting
- Jesus himself fasted as a means of connecting deeper with God
- Focused, undistracted time in prayer
- Dependency on God – He will supply all our needs, and at our core, all we really need is him. Our deepest need is for God, not for food or the praise of others. We are hungry for a connection with God.
- Draw our hearts closer to God and help us understand our profound need for him
- Removing the world to focus on God and allow him to reveal the state of our heart / sin / idols
- Respond to the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives
- NOT an outward act of righteousness for the praise of men
- Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. – Matthew 6:16-18
- Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 6:1
- Joel 2:12-13
- Deuteronomy 8:3
- Luke 4:1-13
- Matthew 6:31-33
- Heath Haynes: How Shoud We Live? The Spiritual Discipline of Prayer. Link
- Heath Haynes: How Should We Live? The Spiritual Discipline of Fasting. Link
- Louie Giglio: The Piñata and the Iceberg LINK