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We Need You Again

In Calvary Baptist Church on October 2, 2011 by The Spillover

There are tons of people praying for Calvary, every day. If you haven’t yet, please add your name to the list and join us.

We’ve decided to join together to stake a claim: we’ll sacrifice individually for the greater cause of our church. Now it’s time to step it up to the next level.

Starting tomorrow, through the end of October, we’re inviting you to join us in fasting on Mondays for the cause of unity at Calvary Baptist Church.

Just like Paul and Barnabus, who, “with prayer and fasting, turned the elders over to the care of the Lord, in whom they had put their trust” (Acts 14:23) we’re going to show God how serious we are about unity in His body.

For the 5 Mondays in October, we’re going to deny ourselves food until 5:00pm. Liquids are fine – just no food.

The point is not to feel bad for ourselves while starving. The point is to draw our attention away from our personal needs in order to corporately focus our prayers on our church family. We’re going to deny ourselves for a cause that’s greater than ourselves. And whenever you feel like it’s going badly, just shift your focus on the Savior and what He did for you. We are blessed to be able to participate in His suffering, in the smallest way.

During our fasts we will pray for unity at Calvary, for direction from God, for selfishness to be banished from each individual member (including and especially our own selves), for victory over the “powers of the dark world and…spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms”, for our elders to come together as never before to lead our church in love, and for each of us to personally follow closer to Christ than we ever have in our lives.

Now is the time. We’re in a battle. We’re reclaiming Calvary for Christ, and we need you to join us.

Leave a comment below saying “I’m In” to publicly state that you’re participating in the fast for Calvary Baptist Church.

Let’s turn our corporate gaze upon God, the One who holds our destiny.

32 Responses to “We Need You Again”

  1. We are in! David and Jill Gregory

  2. In again.

  3. Committed to it! IN!

  4. I am in.

  5. Nursing an infant right now, but will support those that ARE fasting through Monday prayer. šŸ™‚

  6. In.

  7. I’m in

  8. We’re in!!

  9. we’re in

  10. This is powerful stuff…

  11. I’m in!

  12. I’m in! šŸ™‚

  13. I AM IN!!!!

  14. I’m in

  15. I’m in

  16. I am in – for prayer and fasting.

  17. “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” -Matthew 6:16-18

    Some morning encouragement for you šŸ˜‰

    If you want to share some fasting thoughts/reflections/whatever, just come back to this comment section and share away!

    We’re all in this together.

  18. Fasting is saying to God: Less of me more of HIM!

  19. I’m in!

  20. we’re in

  21. I’m in!

  22. I’m in.

  23. I’m in, folks. And, plz note well the biblical reminder (read Matt 6:1-24 for entire context) that Adam posted earlier today. Yes, we’re calling for people to fast and to let us know that they are. But we do NOT want to be drawing attention to self by doing so (either in the fasting or in the letting others know). It’s all about motive here. Just as it’s ok to pray in public (the Bible’s filled with examples of public prayers, and we do it all the time, right?), it’s not wrong to be open about a people of God/church-wide fast. What Jesus teaches that IS unbiblical & unacceptable is to fast, pray or give for human recognition, ie “to be honored by,” “seen by” or “show” others. Jesus is condemning ostentation, which is defined this way: “a pretentious display meant to impress others; boastful showiness.” If that’s a temptation for any of us, then let’s just fast & pray – we don’t HAVE TO let anyone else know that you’re doing it! God sees & hears, and THAT’S most important. The purpose of inviting people to share their commitment to be involved serves as an encouragement to one another, as fellow-followers of Jesus. Hebrew 10:24 says, “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.” In that vein, this corporate call to prayer & fasting is a way for us to provide some family-wide motivation & accountabilty to take seriously God’s call on our lives to be His people, His church, the followers of Jesus. Thx for praying & fasting – love you.

  24. In my last post, Hebrew should be Hebrews. My bad! Peace.

  25. I’m in

  26. Thanks Dave! We’re blessed to have you leading & teaching us!

  27. I’m in

  28. I’m in. New to this blog stuff. I am so old-fashioned.
    Thanks for the reminders on how we need to approach fasting.

  29. Some food for thought (no pun intended)…

    When we begin to feel sorry for ourselves and our empty bellies on Mondays, let us remember that 25,000 people, just like us, will die today due to hunger. That’s real hunger.

  30. I’ve been quietly observing Prayer and Fasting Mondays for over a year now. After Sunday’s message on the importance of ‘church’ and ‘me versus we’, I was compelled to join the blog and be a more supportive and active member of our church family.

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