Articles

Through Prayer

Negativity and hatred have seemingly become the new normal. People who express hate openly and proudly are often exalted. They are promoted to high positions, with large platforms to spew their vitriol from. They are publicly celebrated, given a wide audience access to their opinions.

Christians are called to a contrasting message, one that is unconventional in 2018. Our message is one of love. Not the kind of love that is temporal and conditional, depending on how we feel at any given moment. We have access to the perfect love of God and that is what we are to share.

God’s love is thorough and fulfilling. It’s a love that is deep-rooted, unshakeable and unstoppable. The Bible tells us that nothing can separate us from His love, His feelings towards us never waver. His love gives us security and confidence because we are valuable to Him. This love is powerful enough to transform our hearts.

Imagine if this message of love was the new normal? Not belittling others or seeing some of God’s children as sub-human. But to use this love to uplift each other and to encourage ourselves to a higher standard, to God’s standard.

This seems almost impossible. And it is if we’ve resigned ourselves that a change of this magnitude could never happen.

This is why we need prayer. We need to connect with God. As we get to know Him more, through talking with Him and spending time in His presence, we’ll be driven to learn as much as we can about Him. We’ll eagerly spend time in His Word, the Bible. This is where the shift happens.

Through prayer, God reminds us that nothing is impossible for Him. He will empower us to make necessary changes in our lives and to follow through in obedience.

Through prayer, we get closer to God. Through prayer, we see jaw-dropping changes happen.

Through prayer.

Kneeling With the Saviour, 21 days of prayer and fasting, are well underway. We kicked off bright and early at 6 am Sunday, May 27 with an online video call. We meet daily, via Zoom and Facebook, for a devotional time followed by prayer. All viewers are welcome to share their prayer requests at any time and we include those in our prayer time. The attendance has been increasing steadily. Even if you haven’t signed up, you’re welcome to join the prayer calls every morning.

Join the Zoom video calls (6 am CST).
Access the devotional plan.
For more on fasting, here are some practical pointers for prayer and fasting.

_________________
Written by Sabrina Jacques-Rowe
Communications Director,
Henderson Highway Church

Why Fast

Kneeling With the Savior, 21 days of prayer and fasting, began Sunday, May 27. Prayer, talking with God, is a familiar concept for most. Not only can we pour out our hearts fully to Him, but He also uses our prayer time to speak with us. There are many types of prayer and various formats in which we can pray. Prayer is not so we can receive answers to a grandiose wish list of personal wants. Prayer is how we connect with our Heavenly Father as we strengthen our relationship, and learn about His will for us.

What may be unfamiliar or uncommon for us is the concept of fasting. This is one of the elements we’re encouraged to engage in during the 21 days. Fasting is rapidly gaining popularity in the health and fitness world. Intermittent fasting and other variations is a method people use to control their weight and their digestive processes. Fasting, from a spiritual perspective, serves a different purpose.

The Bible highly recommends that we fast. Matthew 6:16 begins with these words: “And when you fast…” It’s not if you fast, but when. This implies that at some point in our prayer lives, we will attempt fasting. There are a number of experiences in the Bible when people fasted in addition to their prayers. God answered prayer. But when fasting was added to the equation, God moved in a jaw-dropping and undeniable way in response to those prayers.

Fasting is a private and personal decision. Even though we’re choosing to sacrifice a pleasure for a specific period of time, the Bible is clear that we’re not to draw any attention to ourselves. We’re not fasting to impress anyone or for personal admiration from our peers. Fasting puts us in a more vulnerable position where we can be more receptive to what God has to say. To go without something essential means that we’re trusting God to be our strength and hold us up.

Food is the most common pleasure that people choose to fast from. Some use the guidelines of Daniel for their fast and consume natural foods that are unprocessed and unsweetened. Others choose to fast from their guilty pleasures for a period of time. Fasting can also include abstaining from our favorite entertainment sources, pass times and more.

What happens when you get an urge to eat or to do what you might usually do? Pray. This is a great time to seek God and remember that He will sustain us. Don’t focus on how we’re struggling or suffering by going without. Instead, ask God to speak through our struggle. Ask Him to reveal things in our character that need to be changed. The biggest change in fasting is the transformation that will happen in our hearts as a result of trusting God more.

For more on fasting, here are some practical pointers for prayer and fasting.

SIGN UP HERE for the 21 days of prayer and fasting.

 

_________________
Written by Sabrina Jacques-Rowe
Communications Director,
Henderson Highway Church

21 Days of Prayer & Fasting

We’re praying and fasting together for 21 days. Our theme for this event is “Kneeling With the Savior”. We invite you to pray with us. Tune in every morning at 6 am for a live conference session online.

We encourage you to go a step further in your experience by fasting. You may fast once during the event; once a week during the event; or more often if you’re able.

The event happens May 27 through June 16.

Daily devotional booklet

Please submit your information below:

Connect with us through the zoom app every morning at 6:00. Meeting ID# is 257-301-965