Wednesday, September 08, 2010

A Day of Prayer

Today we have asked the Legacy Church LifeGroup leaders to make time in their day to pray and fast for those they will lead this semester in their groups. Join us if you like as we fast and pray.

Fasting is to spiritual health what eating is to physical health. You fast in order to feed your soul. You eat to feed your body. Today, prepare a spiritual meal for your soul as you pray for those whom you will serve through spiritual leadership.

Just as you replace french fries and milk shakes with vegetables and fruit to improve your physical health, you replace full meals and caffeine, for example, with prayer and Bible reading to make room in your life for the Holy Spirit to transform you.

Substitute a meal or cup of coffee and read Psalm 103 this morning. Use the time you would use to prepare and eat your meal to read and digest the message of this song of praise to the God of grace and mercy.

Let the words of the psalm guide your heart to God and join the writer in praise to our great God. Read it more than once to settle your heart and mind. Pray that those in your LifeGroup will experience God's grace and mercy this semester.

I'll be back at noon to share what I have gleaned from the song.

Comment or ask questions on this blog as we walk through the day together.


Tammy D said...

As we gear up for the fall, school, sports, the holidays quickly begin to grab our attention. It's what we do, culturally...get caught up in the hustle and bustle and busyness of life. It can be quite often exhausting and draining. But the Psalmist reminds me in verse 5, and I know its true in my own life experience, that when I seek God's desire for my life, when I heed His call and serve others out of the overflowing love He has for me, I experience joy that renews my strength, that replenishes my energy. I'm reminded of the passage in Hebrews 10:25, "let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." For Legacy LifeGroup leaders, your faithfulness to your call to shepherd your group and the many stories of Christ-changed lives that have come from the fruit of your leadership, encourage me and renew my strength; you spur me on toward love and good deeds . Thanks for hearing and obeying the call! I pray that as you live that out this semester, your strength will be renewed day by day, as you see and experience God's faithfulness to you and your group.

Mike said...

I have been rereading Richard Foster and Dallas Willard on fasting and solitude. I have much to learn about how God can use these to turn my heart toward him.

Doug Miller said...

Thanks for leading us through this time of prayer for our groups. I will be taking the lunch hour to pray over our new roster and ask God to lead our group into deeper conversations that challenge us to grow spiritually. I pray that we will remain strong and encouraged to meet the needs of our groups each and every day, while challenging them in their individual walks.