For the month of April, together as a church Body, The Bridge Montrose will participating in Prayer and Fasting. Fasting is an act of worship and submission to God. We will be focusing on our dependcy on God and to let go of the things in our lives that keep us from that dependceny. It is for us, as the body of Christ, to draw closer to his heart as we seek discernment and His Will in our lives and our church. We trust that God will change all our hearts in ways we cannot imagine and don't want to limit.
We are inviting the congregation to participate as a body of Christ with us, every Wednesday in April. Prayer cards will be available at our Sunday worship gathering, and emailed Monday afternoon with scripture to reflect on and prompts to pray through.
This week we are turning our eyes toward Jesus as we seek to model him in His dependence on the Father.
Scripture: Luke 22:39-46 (or all of Luke 22)- Jesus Desperately Dependent
Prayers for this week
- Praise God that He sent Jesus as a sacrifice so we can know His love can be depended on!
- Praise God that He knows our sufferings and our deep painful wounds.
- Confess that we often turn to comfort and distraction when faced with our fears and trials. – v.45-46
- Pray for strength from the Spirit as we are in agony.
- Pray that we totally surrender to God our plans and embrace His plans and that our posture before God is desperate and submissive like Jesus – v.42 “Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”
If you feel God calling you to participate and can do so in a healthy manner, please join with us in fasting and praying tomorrow (See Resources below for more details). As we fast together, God will take away our distractions and will show us where in our lives we still need to submit and what our heart is truly longing for: a deeper relationship with our Lord and Savior.
If you have any questions about prayer and fasting, please reach out to Marisa Matthews (Email) or Curt Kieffer (Email).
What is Fasting
- Does not need to be just from food – can also be social media, Netflix, coffee, skip one meal, remove specific food groups, etc. However, Scriptures primarily refer to abstaining from food
- An act of worship and submission to God
- Resisting supernatural strongholds
- NOT recommended for those who have health conditions or who have struggled with eating disorders
Heart Behind Fasting
- Jesus himself fasted as a means of connecting deeper with God
- Focused, undistracted time in prayer
- Dependency on God – He will supply all our needs, and at our core, all we really need is him. Our deepest need is for God, not for food or the praise of others. We are hungry for a connection with God.
- Draw our hearts closer to God and help us understand our profound need for him
- Removing the world to focus on God and allow him to reveal the state of our heart / sin / idols
- Respond to the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives
- NOT an outward act of righteousness for the praise of men
- Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. – Matthew 6:16-18
- Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 6:1
- Joel 2:12-13
- Deuteronomy 8:3
- Luke 4:1-13
- Matthew 6:31-33
- Heath Haynes: How Shoud We Live? The Spiritual Discipline of Prayer. Link
- Heath Haynes: How Should We Live? The Spiritual Discipline of Fasting. Link
- Louie Giglio: The Piñata and the Iceberg LINK