Fellowship Day of Prayer and Fasting  Wednesday, July 8th

What is prayer?

Prayer is talking to God. It is our way of communicating with God. It includes recognizing God and his attributes, praise, thanksgiving, listening for God’s response, requests for ourselves and others, confessions of sin, and anything involving communication with God. 

Why do we pray?

We pray because we recognize who God is. We pray because we trust Him. We pray because we are God’s children and we love to talk with our Father. We pray because we need daily strength and guidance. We pray because we need God’s intervention. 

How do I pray?

To begin praying, just start talking to God. We can talk out loud to God, or we can speak with God silently in our hearts and minds. Prayer is less about the words we use, and more about our desire to be near to God and obey His will.

What is fasting?

Giving up something essential (food) or important/time consuming to focus on God. 

Why do we fast?

Jesus calls us to fast (Matt 6:16, 9:15).  It’s aimed at helping us recognize our need for God and to show God our affection for Him above the things of this world. God is the only One who can sustain us. 

How do we fast?

In the traditional sense, fasting is depriving oneself of food. During a duration of time, the person will only drink juice or water. Some people choose to only have water or to abstain from certain kinds of foods (meat, sweets, etc). A fast can also be giving up an activity for an extended period of time (social media, television, etc.)

What are we doing?

- Day of fasting and prayer on Wed, July 8th

Why should we fast?

- Here are some examples in scripture for you to read: Matthew 6:16,9:15, Neh 1:4, Esther 4:3, Daniel 9:3, Joel 2:12, Acts 14:23

- Disciplined dependence on the Lord (John 6:63)

- Shift focus to things of the spirit and away from things of the world (Jeremiah 17:5)

- More time for prayer (Jeremiah 33:3)

- It helps us recognize everything we have comes from the Lord (Phillipians 4:19)

-It helps us to be more aware of God’s presence as we focus more intently on Him (Matthew 4:4)

How to Be A Part of our day of prayer and fasting

  1. Leading up to July 8th, pray and decide what you will fast from.
  2. When you wake up on July 8th begin your fast and pray over prayer point 1.
  3. Set a reminder to alert you to pray every hour over a prayer point.
  4. Gather at Round Rock and Hutto campuses at 7:30 for a time of corporate prayer.

Hourly prayer prompts

You can follow our timeline we have below or start prompt one on the hour you wake up.

7AM | Praise and thanksgiving to God

Psalm 8:1

“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens”

8AM | Confessing and asking for forgiveness

1 John 1:8-9

“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

9 AM | Safety and well being of our community

3 John 1:2

“Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.”

10AM | Wisdom and guidance for our state and local government

1 Timothy 2:1-2

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”

11AM | Peace for people battling anxiety and fear 

Philippians 4:5-7

“The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

12PM | Increased faith for our church during this time

2 Corinthians 5:6-9

“So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.”

1PM | Wisdom and guidance for our nation's government

Romans 13:1

“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.”

2PM | Beyond Us

Romans 8:32

He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?”

3PM | We would show the love of Christ to our neighbors 

Matthew 22:36-40

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

4PM | First responders and health care workers

Psalm 20:1-2

“May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble!

May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!

May he send you help from the sanctuary

and give you support from Zion!”

5PM | Missions in our community

Ephesians 2:8-10

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

6PM | Race reconciliation 

Galatians 3:26-29

“for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.”

7PM | Guidance/direction for our ministries

John 14:25-26

“These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”

8PM | Unity in our nation

Romans 12:16-18

“Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all”

9PM | Elders and Staff of the Fellowship 

Hebrews 13:18

“Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things.”

10PM | Salvation in our community and beyond

Isaiah 53:4-5

“Surely he has borne our griefs

and carried our sorrows;

yet we esteemed him stricken,

smitten by God, and afflicted.

But he was pierced for our transgressions;

he was crushed for our iniquities;

upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,

and with his wounds we are healed.”