If you ever get to a place in your life where you feel like something is missing, it’s probably a connection problem: you are disconnected from God and too connected to the world. Prayer and fasting can have a powerful impact on setting your life back on track.
PRAYER CONNECTS US TO GOD.
The more time you spend with something or someone, the more confidence you build in it. The same is true for God. The more time you spend with God, the more your faith in Him will grow.
21 DAYS OF PRAYER
Every August and January, as a church, we are intentional put an extra focus on prayer (and fasting). Scripture is clear that God has chosen to move on earth through through the prayers of His people, so we are a people committed to prayer.
21 DAYS OF PRAYER / FIRST 15 CHALLENGE
This August, we would like to challenge us as a church to a First 15 Challenge during the 21 Days of Prayer. First 15 is dedicating the first 15 minutes of every day to the Lord: 5 minutes of worship, 5 minutes of prayer, and 5 minutes of Bible reading (through the 21 chapters in the book of John).
FIRST 15 CHALLENGE TIPS
5 minutes of worship: Need help finding worship songs? Check out the “Alive Family Church Worship Playlist” on Spotify. Or look for artists like: Hillsong United, Elevation Worship, or Bethel Worship. The Bible says to come first to God with thanksgiving & praise (Psalm 100:4), there is something about coming to God with praise & worship first that opens our heart to hear from Him.
5 minutes of prayer: Do you not know where to start with prayer? Try out the ACTS prayer acronym method:
Adoration: Give God praise and honor for who he is as Lord over all.
Confession: Honestly deal with the sin in your prayer life.
Thanksgiving: Verbalize what you’re grateful for in your life and in the world around you.
Supplication: Pray for the needs of others and yourself.
5 minutes of Bible Reading: The book of John is a great book to start out in, and it just so happens to have 21 chapters! As a church we will read one chapter a day and complete the whole book of John in the month of August. We will start with John 1 on August 5th.
The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out. It also enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all the good things God desires to bring into our lives. Remember, your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your body, your options, and, most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.
FACEBOOK PRAYER COMMUNITY
Jesus desires his house (church) to be called a “house of prayer” The “Alive Family Church - Prayer Community” is a way for us to leverage technology to be a house of prayer in real time. If you call Alive “home” we would love for you to join this group to share prayer requests and to provide prayer power for various needs in our church family & community.