Prayer and fasting for the believer is considered a normal expression of healthy spiritual living. Jesus fasted and prayed, and directed others to do so, (Luke 4:1-2; Matthew 6:1-8), knowing that the presence and power of the Holy Spirit is intensified as a result. Jesus was “full of the Holy Spirit” when he began His forty day fast, but returned “in the power of the Holy Spirit” subsequent to fasting, (Luke 4:14).
What or who changed? It certainly wasn’t God! Man changes during a fast, not the Almighty, (Malachi 3:8). Fasting is not about getting God’s attention. Prayer and fasting turns your attention to God!
Prayer and fasting then are not some gimmick, method, technique, ritual, or rite; rather, they are the spiritual disciplines that unlock God’s power and purpose in your life.
At The Gathering Place Church, we have made it a priority to seek God first in prayer. We do this collectively as a church in January and August through a 21 day prayer campaign called Pray First. During this campaign we faithfully seek God first, trusting in His power alone to create lasting impact in our lives, our church and our world.
During our Pray First Campaign, we will provide special opportunities for you to participate in prayer. Each week we will host special prayer services in which we will seek God through worship, an encouraging message/devotion, personal prayer, and corporate prayer. (For a list of these services please see the Pray First Calendar of events)
If you sense that God has more for your life, the Pray First Campaign is a great place to start believing Him for all that He has for you. At the prayer services, you will put seeking God first into practice, and when you do this, He will start working on your behalf like never before. You will see a difference in your relationships, your work, your family and every area of your life. It is then that you will best be able to spread His love to others.