Day 21, February 22, 2019
Prayers for Our Community
FOCUS: to continue to seek God first
Those who know your name trust in You, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
1 Chronicles 29:13:
Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the Lord your God.
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
I remember when I first met my husband and was interested in him. I looked for opportunities to run into him. I deliberately sought out ways I could have a conversation with him. I was curious about him and wanted to learn more about him, and I confess that I chased after him. We laugh about it now because he was more shy than I was, and I was determined to get to know him. And it worked. We will be celebrating our 30th anniversary this year.
For the last 21 days, we have been chasing after God as we pray and fast. We have deliberately chosen to focus on Him and seek His presence. We have deliberately chosen to take time to read His Word and listen to His voice. For some of us, we can honestly say we didn’t really ‘hear’ from God in a profound way during this time. For others, this has been an amazing time of growth, and we have felt His guidance and direction about something we were seeking. Regardless of what we have learned through this time or if we have ‘cheated’ on something we were going to fast from, these past 21 days have been crucial to us because we have obeyed God’s command to seek His presence. It is always a beautiful thing when we chase after God and we put Him first because we desire to know Him more. And He promises us that when we seek Him, He will be found.
As we conclude our 21 days of prayer and fasting, it is important to ask, “Now what?” How can you remain committed to seeking Him? Very simply, decide to love God and seek Him. That’s right, decide. Look for opportunities to spend time with Him and to learn from Him. Daily. Decide to chase after Him and not the things of this life that quickly distract us from Him. Daily. Give Him your whole heart. Daily.
Look for Him in each day, through people, circumstances, the Bible, and creation.
Daily. It will take intention, effort, desire, and time. But it will be so worth it as your relationship with Him grows, develops, and you fall more and more in love with Him. Hebrews 11:6 says that God will reward those who earnestly seek Him. Will you continue to earnestly seek after the God of this universe who loves you completely and desires to walk with you daily? The reward will be great because God is great!
• How will you continue to pray daily and seek God through Scripture now that our 21 days of prayer and fasting are ending?
• Will you pray daily for a hunger and a thirst to chase after God and seek His presence?
• What will you commit to intentionally doing so that you are seeking God daily?
• Please pray for the worship service tomorrow, February 2. Pray that this time of prayer and fasting will accumulate into a beautiful time of worship as we conclude with communion at our campus, and Spirit Break-Out at Faith Builders Church during both services.
Father God, thank You for these last 21 days of focusing on You. Thank You for the promise that You will be found when I seek You. Thank you that You don’t hide from me but that You constantly draw me near to You. Please put a hunger and a thirst in my life for You Lord. You are so beautiful. So amazing. So forgiving. So good. And I am deciding to chase after You with all of my heart from this day on. Daily. Lord, may I put You first and seek Your face. Daily. I love you, Lord and I want to love and know You more. Amen.