Prayer and Fasting at PCC

“To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world.” – Karl Barth

 

For the remainder of 2021, PCC will hold monthly days of prayer and fasting, engaging the ancient rhythms of regular times of prayer and fasting as a congregation, much like the early church practiced. (Acts 13:1ff.) These are not mandated by Scripture or by your church leaders here. Fasting should be freely engaged, as the Spirit leads you, not in any way to earn God’s favor or gain his attention, but because you have these things already, and because you want to know and enjoy him more deeply and find his wisdom and direction more clearly. Join in as the Lord leads you! These monthly spaces can connect us with God and each other as members of Christ’s body in beautiful, lasting ways, and can lead to renewed faith and repentance in Christ and new outbreaks of his kingdom blessing.


Recommendations for Prayer and Fasting

  • consuming only water for the full day
  • abstaining from one meal
  • abstaining from a particular indulgence (eg. social media, television) and redeeming that time and energy for the purposes of prayer
  • consider keeping a journal of the day, as a way to process your thoughts, and as a way to memorialize the things that God may teach you
  • please, finally, consider inviting a partnership for accountability and reflection with another person, perhaps a fellow member of your Community Group 


Scripture Themes – October 7th

 

Worship and Adoration

Pray together this week that we would see our work and placement in this city as an expression of God’s story in our
lives. May the labors of our hands, the meditations of our hearts, and the thoughts and words of our minds and lips
overflow with worship and testimony about all the good and perfect plans of God to place us where he has.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared
beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord,
my rock and my redeemer.


Confession and Repentance

Confess this week for the ways we’ve turned away from our neighbor and our city, abandoning our post in the city
and in our community; those times we’ve perhaps been disobedient to the call because it asks us to step out of our
own comforts and conveniences. As we repent, may God stir our imaginations afresh again for what this city can be.

Galatians 6:1-3 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him
in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and
so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.

Matthew 7:13-14 Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction,
and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those
who find it are few.


Thanksgiving and Praise

Thank God this week for the people he’s placed you into direct contact with at work, in the city, and in your local
communities. Praise the Lord that he’s chosen to use us, his children, as part of his plan to seek the welfare of the
city, to help restore the walls which are broken and speak life and hope to those who need to hear them most.

Jeremiah 29:7 But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the L ORD on its
behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.

1 Peter 2:12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as
evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.


Supplication and Intercession

We pray together this week indeed for our city and community, and our place within it. May we embrace where God
has placed us, helping our fellow believers and neighbors alike in sharing a social identity and engaging in restorative
work which builds up a healthy community and uses our gifts and work to prepare the soil to receive the good word
of the gospel.

1st Peter 4:10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied
grace.

Romans 12: 13-17 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Bless those who
persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
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.

 

Forthcoming Days of Prayer and Fasting

  • Nov 4
  • Dec 2