Join The Prism Prayer Team!
It’s an exciting time at Prism, with the Lord bringing teams of people together for His purposes. One of His chief directives to us is to pray: regularly, faithfully, systematically. Space doesn’t permit me to list the imperatives from Scripture that command prayer, but suffice to say that the list is exhaustive (type pray or prayer into your browser’s search engine if you don’t believe me).
To this end we’re officially announcing the purposes and plans of our PRAYER TEAM – a group of Prism’s folks who are making a particular commitment to pray for our church membership, its mission, its ministries, its missionaries & its ministers. The purpose of Prism’s Prayer Team is to both seek the Lord through prayer and to encourage others in our congregation to join us in doing so.
If you’re interested in taking part, just jump in anytime for as much as you’re able. The first way to take part is committing to pray for our church DAILY. The specific requests we pray for will be made known to the team on Monday of each week.
Secondly, you’re welcome to join us WEEKLY for Pre-worship service prayer from 10:30-10:45 up front in our chapel. You’re also invited to a MONTHLY Sunday night prayer meeting. We’ll pray together and set aside a time for those who need to be prayed over by others.
Finally, we will fast and pray QUARTERLY as a church. I’m particularly excited about this aspect of our prayer team as I believe we’ve got a creative way to honor the Lord’s command to fast in secret (see Matthew 6:16-18). This secret team of fasting Christians will join together at the conclusion of 24 hours of fasting for a meal to meet the others who unbeknownst to them were fasting, too. At that time we’ll share our experiences in seeking the Lord together.
WHY DO WE FAST?
Fasting Reinforces These Spiritual Realities:
We Spiritually Need God – the physical can cloud this.
We Should Be Grateful – hunger reminds us of God’s provision.
God Does The Miraculous – fasting eliminates self-pride.
MARK 9:25-29 – And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”
The first chance you have to participate in both the Secret Fasters and Sunday PM Prayer service is this week. If you’re interested in being part of the fasting team from this Saturday (9/29) at 5PM until dinner together this Sunday (9/30) at 5PM, just email your name to firstname.lastname@example.org, and you’ll get some instructions and a prayer guide before this weekend. Immediately after our meal at 6PM we’ll have our monthly Prism Prayer Meeting.
I hope you’ll join us for some or all of this effort to strengthen our souls and our church through prayer. If you would like more instruction about fasting, I recommend this article from the Desiring God website: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/the-secret-benefit-of-fasting.