I have to admit that I love food and the whole social aspect of eating, so it's with some trepidation that I contemplate the forthcoming week of prayer and fasting! However, I know that this is going to be a great week for helping me to be planted in a good place in terms of faith and in a place to prosper this year. And that if I really want to see my dreams becoming reality the disciplines of prayer and fasting are somehow key to all of that.
So here's my encouragement. Join me in the adventure, join me in feeling hungry and join me in the expectation of hearing from God and getting planted in a better place.
Sola has been helping me put the week together. Here's the current plan:
Monday 18th - 8.00-9.30 pm - Oakwood Youth Challenge
We're going to be praying for us as individuals, and for individual needs - led by Tess Osunkoya. Note the change of venue as K2 & The Kerith Centre are being used that evening - this will be held in the hall on the Oakwood site itself, not at Tony and Liz's house.
Tuesday 19th - 8.00-9.30 pm - K2
Praying for the prophetic vision of the church reminding ourselves what God has said in the past and wait on him for the future - led by Ken Bothamley.
Wednesday 20th - 8.00-9.30 pm - K2
Praying for all levels of leadership in the Kerith - led by Ben Davies. I'm sure Ben will have us praying for other things too!
Thursday 21st - 8.00-9.30 pm - K2
Sola has called this "The Senior Pastor's Night of Prayer". I'll be sharing some of the vision I have for 2010 and beyond and then we'll pray into those things.
Friday 22nd - Noon-5.00 pm - K2
Friday 22nd - 6.00 pm - midnight - Oakwood Youth Challenge
This will be split into one hour slots with a different leader for each - I'll send out details on what we're doing in each hour later in the week. Note that the evening session will be a Oakwood due to the youth Life event taking over K2 and the Kerith car parks.
Please plan to make it to as much of the week as you can, and to make space not only to pray at these times but also find time to pray on your own.