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Our First and Best

Our First and Best

I want to see us give God our first and our best in 2010. I believe this is the year where we connect the fruitful mission of our past to an even more fruitful future. It is the year of our 25th Anniversary at Indian Creek and I can’t wait to see what great things God will do through us in the Next 25 yrs!

 

I’ve prayed about how to start this year with a Godward focus and I’ve talked with our Prayer Ministry leaders and Leadership Team.  I’ve come to believe that starting the year with 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting is God's plan. I am convicted that dedicating ourselves to Him and dedicating this year of ministry to His plan and purposes at the beginning is vital. I think God is delighted we would seek His face in this manner. He stands ready to hear and answer our prayers. And I'm sure He has plenty to say to us too.

 

I will invite the whole congregation to participate in Prayer and Fasting on both campuses this coming Sunday, January 10. To make the organizing part Prayer simple I will recruit 21 captains who will recruit 24 people to pray for an hour on their day. I ask every captain to do their best to fill all 24 hours on the day they choose. For example, I will take the first day, Monday January 11. I will recruit people to pray that day from Midnight to Midnight in one hour shifts. Anyone ready to sign up now either as a Captain to fill a day or a pray-er to cover an hour in the next 21 days?

 

The hours do not have to be offered at the Olathe campus Prayer Room. They can be offered anywhere. And it is okay to have multiple people praying on the same hour (and it might happen that there are some gaps). Sign-up boards will be available on each campus so the congregation can participate. You can sign up here in the Comment section and I will transfer your name to the board.

 

There will be a Prayer Focus for each day centered around scripture. People can pray on multiple days and there might even be some Captains that lead on multiple days. We are doing it this way this time to simplify the organizing part and allow us to focus our time and energy on prayer.

 

For the Fasting part I’m encouraging you to ask God how He would like you to fast. He will guide you. If you don’t feel led a particular way I invite you to join me and Belinda in a Daniel Fast where you fast from meat, fine foods, alcohol and locations (read Daniel 10:2) and use these days to humble yourself before God in repentance and dedication to Him.

 

This is a great way for a Community Group to start the year together. Pick a day and work together to cover that whole day.

 

I believe God has great things for us. Daniel said this in Daniel 11:32, the people who know their God will be strong, and they will resist him. (the enemy). God wants to strength us in our spirits and fuel a move of His Spirit among us. It will result in greater obedience to Him, blessing, freedom from the enemy and ultimately it will HONOR God which is our primary motive.

 

Let me hear from you. Tell me what day you will captain or what hour you will pray. I’m also curious how God will lead you in your fasting. Let’s start the year off right!

 

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