Week of Prayer & Fasting

15-19 January

 

As we gather together this week to fast, pray and seek God we will be focusing on these verses in Paul’s letter to the Colossians.  Like Paul we will be praying for ‘wise minds and spirits’ so we can understand what God is calling us into throughout 2018 and beyond.  We will be asking God for His ‘glory-strength’ that only He gives so  we can take part in everything ‘bright and beautiful’ that He has for us and that it will ‘spill over into joy’.

Come and be with you church family this week.  Make a decision to fast and pray and together we will come before the great Throne of Heaven and ask that His Kingdom Comes in Belfast, Ireland and the Nations.

Much blessing,

Owen

 

 

Over the week there will be three corporate gatherings for you to come along to and pray as a family.

7-8am The Cafe 

This will be an amazing way to start your day, seek God and be encouraged and filled with Holy Spirit.

1-2pm Cafe – Praying in the Spirit – The Cafe

Each day this week between 1pm and 2pm in the cafe area, Alastair Roy and Arlene McDowell will be leading us as we pray ‘In the Spirit’ – considering the topic for each particular day. If you have never spoken in tongues and wish to do so (1Cor.14:1) we will instruct and encourage you how to get started. The gift of a private prayer language is for every believer in Jesus and it’s just a wonderful way to pray the perfect will of God.

7:30-9pm Main Auditorium 

Each night we will gather together to Celebrate our awesome Jesus and pray together.  There will be a speaker each night who will inspire us and spur us on in our journey with Jesus.  During these nights we will invite Holy Spirit to lead us as we seek all that God has for our city and nation.

 

 

The Programme

 

Monday 15 January – Praying in the Spirit

7-8am – The Cafe

1-2pm – Praying in the Spirit in the Cafe

7.30-9pm Main Auditorium with Kathryn Purcell

All Sites together.  Sign language Interpreter provided at 7.30pm

 

Tuesday 16 January – Pleasing God

7-8am – The Cafe

1-2pm – Praying in the Spirit in the Cafe

7.30-9pm Main Auditorium with Priscilla Reid

All Sites together.  Sign language Interpreter provided at 7.30pm

 

Wednesday 17 January – The Church Body 

7-8am – The Cafe

1-2pm – Praying in the Spirit in the Cafe

7.30-9pm Main Auditorium with Owen Crane

Sign language Interpreter provided at 7.30pm

Antrim meeting at 7:30pm

 

Thursday 18 January – Strengthened 

7-8am – The Cafe

1-2pm – Praying in the Spirit in the Cafe

7.30-9pm Main Auditorium with Andrew Gibson

All Sites together.  Sign language Interpreter provided at 7.30pm

 

Friday 19 January – Supreme

7-8am – The Cafe

1-2pm – Praying in the Spirit in the Cafe

7.30-9pm Main Auditorium with Craig Cooney

All Sites together.  Sign language Interpreter provided at 7.30pm

 

 

A word about fasting

There can be many benefits to fasting such as; breakthrough in prayer, heightened sensitivity to Holy Spirit and a humbling before God as we relinquish areas of our lives where we need to give control back to Him.

Ultimately the purpose of fasting must be centred on God. It must done with our eyes fixed on Him and with the sole intention of glorifying Him. We encourage everyone to make fasting a regular discipline in our lives and also to get involved when we enter into a time of prayer and fasting as a whole church. During this week of prayer and fasting we ask you to fast sensibly, here are some suggestions:

• Fast from one or two meals per day
• Fast from a specific food or drink
• Fast from something other than food e.g: TV
• If you feel called to a full fast you must consult your GP

Other things to consider:

• Always drink plenty of water
• If you are pregnant, suffer from diabetes or other medical conditions or are on certain medications don’t fast from food – ask God to show you how else you can fast
• If you suffer from an eating disorder please consult your GP
• Fast sensitively – Make time to listen and hear God speak to you personally, for others and for the church
• Fast sacrificially – Let it ‘cost’ us something
• Fast specifically – Ask God to direct our focus each day and expect answers
• Fast supernaturally – We need God’s supernatural grace and power
• Put on your armour daily and pray in the Spirit – (Eph.6)