Friday, October 25, 2013

Week #4 Fast Guidlines (Lord Have Mercy Fast): Only liquids!!!!!

Week #4 Lawd Ha’ Mercy Fast (Liquids)
Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! John 4:35
Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38
FOL is a ministry that has been called to join God in bringing hope, help and healing to our community and and the world. Being “Missional” means that we understand that this is not extra-credit.  This is what it means to be the people of God.

This week is the toughest of each of the fasts. We are avoiding solid foods all week. This fast will push us to remain focused while our stomachs attempt to distract us. As we are focusing on hungering after God and God’s plan for the Church and society, I would like to offer the following as a reading and praying guide:

(Read the story of Jesus evangelizing the Samaritan woman in John 4:1-42)

Monday: What is this story telling us about the cross-cultural reach of the gospel message? What is God saying to you?

Tuesday: What does the nature of the woman’s marital status tell us about the reach of the gospel? What is God saying to you?

Wednesday: Pray today that FOL and area churches would see unsaved people as an opportunity to live out the gospel.

Thursday: Think in agricultural terms...what happens when crops ripen? What is the response to ripened crops by farmers? What is Jesus saying to the readers in this passage?  What is he saying us?

Friday: (Question) When is the last time you shared your faith with someone? When is the last time you testified of God’s goodness to you? What needs to happen in order for that to occur regularly?

Saturday: (Question) How regularly do you pray for the people closest to you to be reached by the gospel? Can you begin to set time aside to pray for those who are not connecting with Jesus?

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