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Mt. Oak’s Vision and Mission – 21-Day Prayer and Fast

Our Vision and Mission at Mt. Oak

The Problem: Families are under attack.

The Solution: Reaching the whole family for Christ

The Process: Bring in, Build up, Send out

The Win: A changed life or family for Christ

Today begins our 21-Day fast.  It is part of our build them up approach to growing as disciples of Christ our Lord.  Our Children’s Director has taken the lead in our 21-days of prayer and fasting.  This is an article she wrote recently in our E-News.

2011 Mount Oak Fast: Starting the New Year with Focus – by Babette Phillips

For the past few weeks I have been writing about fasting in order to prepare us for the Church Wide Mount Oak Fast. At the beginning of 2010 we fasted and prayed for a variety of things concerning Mt Oak Fellowship for 21 days, and many shared their testimonies of how they were blessed. This year we would like to add the second component to fasting by offering three 24 hour prayer vigils’ and two services.

Last year we had the church open in the morning for prayer, this year we are praying that everyone will sign up for one or more time slots as the Lord leads us to, for the 24 hours of uninterrupted prayer.

We will begin our 21 day fast on January 11th, 2011 but to kick off the 21 day fast we will have a prayer vigil beginning January 10th at 7pm and end it on January 11th. (The prayer vigil will be in your prayer closet) This first 24 hour prayer is for us to focus on our personal relationship with God. As stated in last week’s article *“The importance of any fast is to abstain from food for spiritual purposes. Fasting is also often linked with prayer, it should be considered a spiritual exercise all its own. In fact, fasting can be called prayer without words” *quoted from footnotes from NIV Full Life Study Bible.

So to begin our fast let’s begin by focusing our need to humble ourselves so we can enter into the presence of God and hear His voice. (2 Chronicles 7:14, James 4:10) We will then have a second 24 hour prayer vigil starting January 19th at 7pm and ending January 20th at 7pm. (The prayer vigil will be in your prayer closet). The focus during this 24 hour prayer vigil will be on Mt Oak Fellowship and how we each fit in the body at Mt Oak Fellowship. During this second week we should focus on what God has been showing us over the past week and now start focusing on what God would like us to do for His body. Mt Oak Fellowship is not a building but a body that has many parts and if you are here you are part of that body.

As stated in 1 Corinthians 12:14 through 1 Corinthians 13-13 we need to work as one unit not just for ourselves but for the whole body in order to be the hands and feet of Christ to a hurting world. If we abuse our own body how can we reach out to others as Christ has instructed us? This segment of Scripture ends with: “But the greatest of these is love.” Let us focus during this 24-hour pray where we fit in the body, healing for the whole body and what God is expecting us to do in the coming year. To finish off this 24 hour vigil we would love for the body to come together for praise, worship and corporate prayer. We will hold a praise and worship service in the sanctuary Thursday January 20th 7pm to 8:30pm. Come be encouraged as we seek God together as we reach the mid-point in our pray and fasting. (Ps 84:10, Ps 26:8, Ps 27:4, Ps 96:9, John 4:24, Rev 14:7)

Our third 24 hours pray vigil will be our last day January 30th 7 pm to January 31st to 7 pm. During this 24 hour prayer we would like everyone to focus on the lost. (1 Peter 3:9) Many of us have family, friends and even enemies that need the love of Jesus and if His people don’t pray for them who will? (Mark 16:15-18, John 15:27, Acts 5:20, Acts 22:15)

At the end of this final prayer vigil we will hold a Praise and Worship Communion Service at 7 Pm. This will be a great time of coming before the Lord breaking our fast with the Lord’s Supper and sharing with each other the blessing God has shared with you over the 21 days. (1 Corinthians 10:16-17)

One last thing we suggest is for each of us to head out to the dollar store and pick up a new notebook 5 to begin a journal. I personally don’t remember everything I sense God saying during my prayer time and a journal will not only help you remember it will also give you a record to look back and see how God moved during the fast. When God moves in our lives it is also our responsibility to not only give Him the praise and glory but also to share with the body in order to encourage them with their walk with God. If anyone would like to share about last year’s fast please send Dione an email at dione@mtoak.org. Testimonies from last year would be a great way to begin the 2011 fast and encourage the body to fast.

Fast Schedule:

  • First 24-hour prayer vigil: January 10th 7pm to January 11th 7 pm, location – your prayer closet
  • Fast begins January 11th
  • Second 24-hour prayer vigil: January 19th 7 pm to January 20th 7 pm, location – your prayer closet
  • Praise, Prayer and Worship Service: January 20th 7pm to 8:30pm, location – Mt Oak Sanctuary
  • Third 24-hour prayer vigil: January 30th 7pm to January 31st 7 pm, location – your prayer closet
  • Praise, Worship and Communion Service: January 31st 7pm to 8:30pm, Location – Mt Oak Sanctuary

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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January 11, 2011 - Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Fast |

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