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23rd September 2012
It's great to be starting our second Season of Prayer, Fasting & Giving. It's always good when we give extended time to seek God – catching His heart and allowing him to change us.
Over these 22 days we've provided 14 different prayer meetings when we can come together and do business with God as we seek to see his church blessed and our communities transformed. We have also deliberately moved out of the Hastings Centre as we pray in Sussex Coast College (tonight @ 7pm), Bexhill next Sunday evening and Rye on the last night of this season. (More details here.)
Please join us as we pray – corporate prayer is a key to God's blessing and has been such a source of power throughout the history of the church as we seek to follow him into all he has for us. As Greg Haslam says, "The church is here to blaze new trails of effective ministry and society-transforming evangelism, just as our forbears did in previous generations." How we need to give ourselves to prayer if that is to happen!
This Season is also an opportunity to individually give ourselves to God – setting aside time to focus on God and grow in him. When we pray, read the Bible, enjoy his presence and set aside time to fast (whether missing some TV or a meal), it's amazing what God can do in us. However, this doesn't happen by default: we need to make decisions to prioritise what is important. In 2 Peter 1 we read that God's "divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness... For this very reason, make every effort..."
Let's put God first, expecting him to turn up in power. I'm so looking forward to joining you in prayer over the coming weeks – let's see what God will do!
Reading: Jonah 1-4; 2 Peter 1:1-11
Question: Which times will you set aside to pray and fast?
Next prayer meeting: 7pm tonight at Sussex Coast College
Posted by Paul Mann