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Prayer & Fasting 2.0
At The River Church, we know from personal and corporate experience that Prayer & Fasting change things. And when the two are combined, it is a powerful weapon against our soul's enemy.
We are embarking on our second 30-Day initiative for 2021, and it's going to be another adventure filled with struggle, tension, obstacles -- sounds fun, right? It will also bring with it blessing, favor, transformation, and a deeper walk with our Creator and Savior, Jesus Christ!
In addition to Prayer & Fasting, we will also participate in church-wide Bible Devotionals which range in length during the course of the 30 days. That will be introduced on our FB/Instagram each week.
For this initiative, we will continue to maintain our midweek prayer on Wednesday. We also ask that each of our members commit to spending 30 minutes each day in prayer and devotion with Jesus. That may be a combo of 10 minutes of prayer, 10 minutes of Bible reading, and 10 minutes of viewing a Bible Study or reading a devotion. Some days you may go well beyond that. Some days may be a struggle to get 10 minutes. It really isn't about the amount; it's about the effort. But we are giving a timeframe, ao at least there's a goal.
Wednesdays -- 7-7:30 pm -- in person at the church campus
Sundays -- 9:30-10 am -- in person at the church campus
All other days -- 30 minutes (prayer, Bible, devotional)
If you put forth the effort, God will walk with you on this journey, and if you allow your heart to be open, He will fill it to overflowing with great and wonderful blessings.
Christian fasting should be a regular part of the Christian life, and although it isn’t commanded by Scripture, Jesus clearly expects His followers to fast regularly. When Jesus taught on fasting in His Sermon on the Mount In Matthew 6:16, He didn’t say “if” you fast, but “when” you fast. And in Matthew 9:15, He doesn’t say His followers “might” fast; but “they will.” It’s something that He expects of us if we are in relation with Him and expect to go deeper in our intimacy with Him.
As a part of our initiative, we also include fasting from other things, besides food, that takes our time away from moments with Jesus. This includes media (Instagram, Facebook, Netflix, etc.). It could also include other activities that are not inherently negative but distract from your relationship with the Almighty.
Click the following link for a more detailed plan.