2017 Prayer and Fasting
“In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the Tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.” – Acts 13:1-3
“’Even now,’ declares the Lord, ‘return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.’” – Joel 2:12
“There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our possessions.” – Ezra 8:21
The members of the Orange County Church of Christ will be fasting from January 13th – 15th to begin the year crying out to God for His wisdom, power and direction. The theme of our year is “By Faith”. We realize that all blessings, growth, and transformation come from God. We also realize that our faith, in combination with God’s power, will produce incredible miracles. We have seen so many tremendous miracles here in the church over the years but we also realize that we have just begun to have the impact on our community, campuses, families and marriages that God desires.
Prayer and fasting is a powerful avenue for God’s people to spiritually connect with God as well as grow in our intimacy and our faith. As we give up food for these few days we will realize our weak and fragile state as well as God’s powerful presence. We are also showing God how serious we are about our own spiritual growth and desire to be used by Him as his servants. We can then all look forward to seeing and hearing about all the miracles God will do as we depend on Him.
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