Reminder #1 – CALL TO PRAYER. Reminder #2 – If you are in our area on Saturday, March 19, 2011 you are invited to join us in prayer(see last paragraph).
CALL TO PRAY for The Nation, March 18–20, 2011
URGENT: Please forward this to your friends! (Read ALL dates below carefully)
“GIRD yourselves and weep O priests!
WAIL, O ministers of the altar!
COME, spend the night in sackcloth.
O ministers of my God!
The house of your God is deprived
of offering and libation.
PROCLAIM a fast,
CALL an assembly;
GATHER the elders,
ALL who dwell in the land,
INTO the house of the Lord, your God,
And CRY OUT TO THE LORD!” – Joel 1:13-14
THIS INVITATION is being sent to well over 200 of our friends, family and even business associates. Rest assured that you are receiving this request because you are known as a brother or sister of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS – The Body of Christ is gathering in spirit across the nation and the world to FAST and PRAY during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend of March 18 to 20, 2011. This setting aside of ourselves will commence at sundown on Friday night the 18th and conclude after you have attended your worship service on Sunday the 20th. For those of you who attend Saturday services, you are asked to honor this fast until 10 a.m. on Sunday.
It is apparent that none of us have been immune from the multi-faceted crises that are confronting our families, our Church, our communities, this nation and the world. The onslaught seems to be coming from every direction and new threats seem to pop up every other day.
“If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain,
or if I command the locust to devour the land,
or if I send pestilence among My people,
and My people who are called by My name humble themselves
and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways,
then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:13-14
This call to Prayer and Fasting is intended to bring ourselves into right relationship with the Lord, so as we participate our prayerful focus will be less on the problems and more on The Problem Solver.
“You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise.” – Psalm 51:18-19
St. Patrick’s Day Weekend has been appointed because of its prophetic symbolism. FIRST, because it is fast approaching and there is a sense of greaturgency to make this appeal to God. SECONDLY, treatment of the legacy of St. Patrick is one reflective of the current human condition. A day meant to honor an anointed man of God, great in faith, character and obedience, has been hijacked by secularism and ignorance for the purpose of financial gain and debauchery. The timing of this CALL is a perfect opportunity to perform a prophetic act, demonstrating to God that our hearts are focused on Him and not the things of this world.
Jesus said: “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” –Matthew 6:32-33
As we know from scripture, fasting is an integral part of a deeper relationship with God. The purpose of the fast is to remind ourselves that we are dependent upon Him and not the things of this world. It is to set ourselves apart separately and wholly to Him and Him alone.
Jesus taught us to fast (Matthew 17:21, Luke 5:35). A Church fast will bring us closer together in Spirit and Jesus told us that there is strength in numbers(John 17:23). Additionally, we know that God desires not just part of us, but all of us (John 12:25). Finally, it seems that since our political and economic responses have lacked results it is only logical that we would appeal to the creator of heaven and earth to seek His guidance (Matthew 7:7-8).
If you cannot fast from food for physical or medical reasons, perhaps a Daniel Fast would be suitable. There are other areas in which you can fast, too, such as removing yourself from some portion of life that plays a significant role in your day to day living. That might be a fast from media (television, internet, radio, etc.), work, your favorite pastime (golf, tennis, boating) or whatever else would cause you to be distracted from giving your full attention to God.
In this time of prayer, might we all have the heart of Christ and pray with a fervency and effectiveness for the nations (Genesis 17:5; Isaiah 41:1; Matthew 28:19; John 3:16, Revelation 21:24) so that much will be accomplished?
For I know the plans that I have for you, ‘declares the LORD,
plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.
Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me,
and I will listen to you.
You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
I will be found by you,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I will restore your fortunes… –Jeremiah 29:11-14
Lastly, gather together in your area during this time and pray! If you are in the Bluffton, SC area on Saturday, March 19, 2011, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. you are invited to come to our home at 11 Pine Island Roadand join us in prayer. You can come and leave at any time. We would love to see you.
Disciples of Christ Jesus
Mike & Yvonne Broadhurst