FASTING AND PRAYING
Purpose & Plans
“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8
The Lord desires us to draw near to Him and enjoy His presence (Ps 73:25). Jesus set the Example by taking time from His busy ministry to spend great lengths of time with His Heavenly Father (LK 5:16, 17; 6:12; 9:28; 22:39-46; John 17). As the redeemed in Christ, we are to follow His example and spend time in devotion, praise, and honor to the Lord, as well as to petition on behalf of ourselves and others (Mt 6:9-13;1 Ti 2; Ja 5:16)
Below are suggestions of plans for spending focused time with the Lord on the Day with the Lord. There are plans for 2, 4, 6, and 8 hours. The plans are a guide. You may alter them as you see fit or use portions that appeal to you in your own plan. Of course, you are not limited to 8 hours either. Regardless of which plan you use or even if you use your own, it is strongly suggested that you use a journal or notebook during the time to jot down thoughts and to keep record of your experience.
NOTE: Times are approximate. If you find you are coming up short, spend more time meditating on any Scriptures cited and spend more time just being quiet and waiting on the Lord. Let the Spirit lead. If you feel you need longer time in an area or need to deviate, do so! Above all, enjoy your time with the Lord. It is meant to be a pleasant experience that you will desire to have more often, not a chore or just a duty.
Read and meditate on (spend time thinking about) each of the Scriptures cited in the steps below.
Start with a time of Adoration and Praise to the Lord.
It is by the Lord’s first step of grace that it is even possible for us to come before Him. (Ep 2:8, 9; Ro 5:8, 11) Remember, Jesus came into the world and freely laid down His life, to purify our hearts, thereby enabling us to come into the presence of Almighty God. (Jn 1:12,13; 3:16; Ro 5:8; 1 Ti 2:3,4; 1Jn 3:1,2; Mt 5:8; Ps 24) He is an awesome God, Creator, Redeemer, Savior, Healer, with beauty beyond all imagination. There is no one like Him!
- Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth!
- Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!
- Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he, who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
- Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!
- For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
- Confess and Pray for forgiveness of sins, that you may have a clean heart and conscience before the Lord. (Ps 51; Is 59; 1 Peter 3:7b) Pray that the Lord opens your heart during this time. (Ps 139:23, 24)
- Spend a time of Thanksgiving for all that the Lord has done for you, your family, your church, etc.; especially for your salvation.
- Spend time praying for our church, TCOSV.
- Your family, friends, neighborhood, etc.
- Spend time (at least a few minutes – which might seem like a long time!) just being quiet listening to the Lord.
- Write down thoughts that come to mind.
Listen to some worship music or sing some songs from a hymnal.
- Pray for TCOSV to exemplify a Christ-like character before the world (vs. 11)
- Pray for divine protection from Satan (vs. 15)
- Pray TCOSV believers will live set apart and holy lives in Christ (vs. 17)
- Pray for our church to be one in mission and purpose (vs. 20-21)
- Pray TCOSV believer will join Christ in His redemptive work and behold His glory (vs. 24)
- Unite together and praise God as Creator and sustainer of all things (vs. 23-26)
- Thank God for His providential and sovereign work of salvation in your life and in your world (vs. 27-28)
- Pray for Christian witnesses to have a holy boldness as they share their faith with the lost (vs. 29)
- Pray for Christ to validate His work of salvation with changed hearts and lives (vs. 30)
- Pray for Christians to be filled with the Holy Spirit (vs. 31)
- Pray for a unified congregation where the focus is on powerful proclamation of the resurrected Christ (vs. 32-33)
- Pray for God to pour out His abundant grace upon our church today (vs. 33)
Pray for the Lord to reveal to you how He wants to use you for His kingdom? Ask Him and then think about what in your life may be preventing Him from using you in that way? Get serious with the Lord and spend time truly talking to Him and listening in your heart to what He has to say.