One week to go to our Family Camp! Always a time filled with great worship, community and drawing closer to God's heart. We just love having the whole family there. Students, young adults, families....everyone gets together! Follow the link in bio to register. See you there!
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It's our third and final (for now) day of fasting and prayer. We trust you have seen God's hand at work in your life these past few days and pray with you that you would see Him work even more today.
For today, spend some time in John 15 allowing the Word to wash over your thoughts. Pray over your understanding of, and remaining in, His love. Allow Him to show you the areas where He is pruning in your life and pray that you would bear even more fruit than ever before. Also, p...ray for the Holy Spirit to give you the grace to testify boldly about Jesus.
As in previous days, spend regular time during the day praying in the Spirit, remembering that there are things the natural person cannot understand which God reveals to our spirit (1 Corinthians 2:9-16).
You can find a layout of the various churches in our Shofar family, and their leaders, here: http://shofarsermons.org/global/pastors_prayer_map.pdf. Pray for one or two of these congregations and their leaders.
Pray for some of the people on your prayer list you have committed to praying for. Ask God to show you how you can practically demonstrate His love toward them.
Join us at 18:30 at Laerskool Pretoria-Oos tonight (Friday) for a time of corporate prayer followed by a breaking of the fast. Bring along something to eat (or even to share).
Our reading for this second day of the fast is John 14. Read through this chapter prayerfully, asking God to reveal Himself to you as you do so. Pray that God would increase your love for Him. Jesus says in v23 "All who love me will do what I say...". Ask the Holy Spirit to show you if there are any things God has told you to do that you haven't yet done, and then commit to doing these as soon as is possible. Also, ask God for His gift of peace in your life.
Once again, spend... some time praying in the Spirit regularly throughout the day. Allow the Holy Spirit to remind you of some of the things God has told you as you pray.
Pray for at least two people on your prayer list. See Ephesians 1:15-23 for some ideas of how to pray for them.
Pray for our church as well, that all of our hearts "will be flooded with light so that [we] can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called - his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance."
Ask God to show you how you can practically demonstrate love towards at least one other person today and be deliberate about acting on this.
If you can, meet up with a few friends to pray together at some point during the day.
Thank you for joining us for this extended time of setting ourselves apart to God through fasting and prayer. If this is the first time you've joined us, welcome! We trust that the Spirit of God would work powerfully in each of our lives as we invite Him to bring transformation in our hearts and minds over the next few days.
Take some time during the day today to read through John 13, praying that God would speak to you as you do so. Pray that God will show you, and all of ou...r church family, what it means to love one another in the way He has loved us. Ask God for the grace that we may grow to be known, above all, for our love. Ask Him to show you if there are any obstacles in your heart to loving as He loved and pray for the grace to overcome these obstacles (Hebrews 4:14-16).
Spend a few minutes in the morning, afternoon and again the evening praying in the Spirit, developing this healthy spiritual discipline that will build up your faith (Jude 20).
If you haven't yet, make a list of 4 or 5 people with whom you have regular contact who are in need of God to move in their life (whether for salvation or some other important breakthrough) and pray for them. Commit to praying for at least two of them each day for the coming weeks.
Pray together at small group tonight about your love for one another, and ask God for wisdom in thinking of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works (Hebrews 10:24-25).
Life Encounter is a great place to start if you are new to the faith or church. Swing by tomorrow, you won't be sorry.
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Small groups are the heartbeat of our ministry. If you facilitate a group or maybe you'd like to sow your faith in this area, come get equipped to make it the best that you can make it.
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Thank you again for joining in this month of setting ourselves apart to God. I trust that God is working something beautiful in your life through this time.
In Matthew 4:1-11 we read how the devil began to question and tempt Jesus regarding His identity as the son of God after He had spent forty days fasting in the wilderness. Spend some time today reading and praying through this passage. Ask God to show you any ways in which the devil has questioned and lied to you about yo...ur identity as a child of God. Also read John 1:1-14 and proclaim that, because you have received Jesus, you have the right to become a child of God.
As you've done during the previous days of fasting this month (and is hopefully becoming an everyday discipline) spend a few minutes building up your faith by praying in the Spirit (Jude 20). Use this time to focus on God, to quiet your soul and to listen to what the Spirit is saying to you.
Reflect on your prayer journal you've kept so far this month, asking God to keep transforming the way you think so you may better understand His will for you (Romans 12:1-2).
Pray for the friends, family, colleagues and/or classmates you've committed to pray for this month. Ask God to show you how you can practically demonstrate His love towards some of them this week (perhaps through some act of kindness). Offer to accompany one (or more) of them to Saturday's Life Encounter. Also pray for Life Encounter, that all those attending would truly have an encounter with the author of life!
Celebrate and share what God has been doing in your life with your small group when you meet together to break the fast.
Inviting all our current and upcoming leaders to a leadership development session with Arch Bilankulu on Monday evening at 18:30 at the Laerskool Pta-Oos kiosk.