Lent 2014: Positive Impact

During this season of preparation and anticipation of Easter, we want to have times as a community where we collectively pray and fast. Our purpose is to draw closer to God, open our hearts and minds, and listen for the Holy Spirit leading us. Each week, we will share a prayer focus for the week and a fast for Friday that we may all participate in as a community.

The fast is a spiritual discipline designed to better connect us with God. As a church, we are fasting in order to deepen our relationship with God and to walk in step with His plan and purpose. This is accomplished through substituting something physical, typically food, and replacing it with a spiritual activity, like Bible reading, praying, or journaling. The overall goal is to experience a genuine hunger for spending time with God.

Week 4 Prayer Focus:

This week as we pray together, let us ask God for impact. The words we say and actions we take may have a positive impact in someone’s life. Paul pleads that he will be all things to all people – that by all his possible means, some would be saved through him. His prayer was not just for people to come to Christ, but that God would allow him to be a part of their journey.

As Easter approaches, my prayers mirror Paul’s. I want to have an impact on the people around me that leads them to Christ. So I pray for opportunity, for the right words, and for a receptive heart. I confess to you there are some people that I have been praying for over several years, and honestly, I think this may finally be the year. Let’s pray to have positive impact in the lives of those around us.

Week 4 Fast Focus:

Tomorrow, as a community, let us fast and focus on generosity. In light of God’s great gift of His journey – from the cross to the tomb to alive within us – I am filled with a spirit of generosity. Join me tomorrow in fasting from money. Set aside money you would have spent on yourself tomorrow – on coffee, treats, a movie, whatever – and give it away. Is there someone you know that could use a little help? Give to the Salvation Army or Share to help the homeless. Give to the Real Life Fund we use to help those in need. Give to the Red Cross. God says He loves a cheerful giver. We are all given much to be used for good. Be generous– imagine the positive impact it will have!

I love my church,

-Jeff

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