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Mar
31
Tue
Prayer and Fasting @ Everywhere
Mar 31 – Apr 1 all-day
Prayer and Fasting @ Everywhere

WHY ARE WE PRAYING AND FASTING?

Fasting is something we see throughout the Bible, both in the New and the Old Testament, and yet it is a spiritual discipline that we don’t see a lot of in this day and age. There are a couple of things we need to take note of as we get ready to fast:

1. Fasting is not so much about not eating food, as it is about feasting on God and his Word.
The Bible teaches that “People shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God”(Matthew 4:4). The reason we fast from time to time is that it provides a focused time of reminding ourselves that though food nourishes us physically, it is God and his Word that nourishes our souls.

One of the main purposes of fasting is to take our eyes off the things of this world, and that which can so easily consume our thought space, in order to focus our eyes on Christ and his amazing story of grace. So we’re calling you to be in prayer and Scriptures more than usual and to seek God’s face.

2. Fasting is not so much about seeking God’s hand, as it is about seeking God’s face.
The Bible is clear that it is not our efforts and self-denial that pleases God. God knows our hearts and it’s our hearts’ attitude towards him that brings him pleasure.

So we don’t fast to try force God’s hand to do what we want: rather fasting is a period of time of drawing closer to God – not relying on other means to satisfy our desires but relying on him. It’s a time of closer dependence on who God is, not only on what God can give. The result of biblical fasting is not so much that we change God’s mind, but that God changes our hearts.

HOW DO WE FAST?

There are no prescribed ways that you have to fast. You may want to consume liquids only (like water or juice for that time) or you may want to fast from all or certain foods. Certainly, if you have any health complications, or you’re pregnant, then don’t put yourself in danger. Remember God looks at the heart, so there is no pressure or law for you. Even if you don’t fast from food, please don’t feel like you’re excluded from joining your heart with us in prayer.

HOW DO WE PRAY?

There are many ways for us to pray over this time of fasting, and there is much to pray for. In considering how best to unite our efforts in prayer, we felt that the following would serve to guide us through the day and bring us together in prayer and worship in the evening.

THE DAY BEGINS: As you get up in the morning and prepare for the day ahead, pray for our nation and the world. Practical tip: Read a newspaper (or browse a news website) and pray for the many issues facing our world today.

THE MORNING COMMUTE: On your way to your employment, study or your children’s school, pray for our city and the many beautiful people in it. Practical tip: Pray for the flourishing of our city and for its leaders. Pray also for the many challenges of poverty and injustice facing our city.

AT WORK: However you spend the active hours of your day, pray for the people with whom you share your time and energies on a daily basis, and pray for the very work you are doing. Practical tip: Consider finding another Christ follower where you are and asking them for just 5 minutes to pray with you for your work place and the people there.

LUNCHTIME: Take a moment to pray for your family. Thank God for your relationships and pray into any conflict situations that may exist. Practical tip: Consider praying for each member of your family and even extended family by name.

AT THE END OF THE DAY: Reflect on God’s goodness to you, and presence with you, over the course of the day. Find some time to pray for our church. Pray that God would continue to guide and grow us as a gospel community. Pray for our leaders and the many ministries and missional strategies in reaching and serving our city. Practical tip: Which aspect of Common Ground most frequently and/or easily comes to mind when you think of the church (even now!). Pray for that as a starting point and see where you go.

AT SOME POINT DURING THE EXPERIENCE: Ask God to impress upon your heart, or guide your thoughts, towards 3 people in your relational circles – ask him to use you to encourage them in some way. Then respond to what you feel by getting hold of them on the phone, or social media, to convey your encouragement in a way that will be relevant, understandable and meaningful to them.

We trust this journey will create a fresh heart of humility in all of us as we look to God together and some space to hear his heart for you and some whispers for our future together as a church.

We encourage you to write down what you feel God might be saying on a piece of paper. We’d love you to hand it in on the Sunday after our time of fasting.

Prayer and Fasting @ Everywhere
Mar 31 – Apr 1 all-day
Prayer and Fasting @ Everywhere

WHY ARE WE PRAYING AND FASTING?

Fasting is something we see throughout the Bible, both in the New and the Old Testament, and yet it is a spiritual discipline that we don’t see a lot of in this day and age. There are a couple of things we need to take note of as we get ready to fast:

1. Fasting is not so much about not eating food, as it is about feasting on God and his Word.
The Bible teaches that “People shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God”(Matthew 4:4). The reason we fast from time to time is that it provides a focused time of reminding ourselves that though food nourishes us physically, it is God and his Word that nourishes our souls.

One of the main purposes of fasting is to take our eyes off the things of this world, and that which can so easily consume our thought space, in order to focus our eyes on Christ and his amazing story of grace. So we’re calling you to be in prayer and Scriptures more than usual and to seek God’s face.

2. Fasting is not so much about seeking God’s hand, as it is about seeking God’s face.
The Bible is clear that it is not our efforts and self-denial that pleases God. God knows our hearts and it’s our hearts’ attitude towards him that brings him pleasure.

So we don’t fast to try force God’s hand to do what we want: rather fasting is a period of time of drawing closer to God – not relying on other means to satisfy our desires but relying on him. It’s a time of closer dependence on who God is, not only on what God can give. The result of biblical fasting is not so much that we change God’s mind, but that God changes our hearts.

HOW DO WE FAST?

There are no prescribed ways that you have to fast. You may want to consume liquids only (like water or juice for that time) or you may want to fast from all or certain foods. Certainly, if you have any health complications, or you’re pregnant, then don’t put yourself in danger. Remember God looks at the heart, so there is no pressure or law for you. Even if you don’t fast from food, please don’t feel like you’re excluded from joining your heart with us in prayer.

WHAT ARE WE PRAYING FOR?

We would like to encourage you to look at some of the prayers that are recorded in the Bible to guide and lead your time of prayer and fasting. There are many Scriptures but here are some that I would suggest you read and echo in your time of prayers:

Ephesians 1:15-23
Ephesians 3:14-21
Philemon 4-7
1 Timothy 2:1-7
Philippians 1:9-11
Philippians 4:6-7
Ephesians 6: 19-20

You will see that these prayers cover many spheres such as praying for government (the well-being of our city and nation), praying for the message of Jesus Christ to be effectively proclaimed (praying for people to come to faith in Christ and for us to be used to bring others into the family of God) and praying for the ongoing maturing of already Christ-followers.

Of course, this is a guideline so feel free to also pray as you feel God leads you.

We trust this journey will create some space to hear God’s whispers for our future together as a church, as well as for you to hear God speak to you personally.

Make sure you record these prophetic whispers and share them with your leaders where appropriate.

HOW DO WE CELEBRATE?

This time of prayer and fasting as a community will culminate in us gathering togethering to break the fast and pray together on Wed 31 March from 7 – 9pm. We will gather at the Miller’s spot (5 Clunie Road, Bergvliet) to break the fast with a bring and share supper, so please bring along a plate of eats to share. This will be followed by a time of corporate prayer and some worship. All are welcome – we are looking forward to it!

Apr
1
Wed
Worship Night @ Miller's Spot
Apr 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Worship Night @ Miller's Spot | Cape Town | Western Cape | South Africa

This time of prayer and fasting as a community will culminate in us gathering together to break the fast and pray together.

We will gather at the Miller’s spot to break the fast with a bring and share supper, so please bring along a plate of eats to share.

This will be followed by a time of corporate prayer and some worship. All are welcome – we are looking forward to it!

Apr
8
Wed
Prayer and Fasting @ Everywhere
Apr 8 all-day
Prayer and Fasting @ Everywhere

WHY ARE WE PRAYING AND FASTING?

Fasting is something we see throughout the Bible, both in the New and the Old Testament, and yet it is a spiritual discipline that we don’t see a lot of in this day and age. There are a couple of things we need to take note of as we get ready to fast:

1. Fasting is not so much about not eating food, as it is about feasting on God and his Word.
The Bible teaches that “People shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God”(Matthew 4:4). The reason we fast from time to time is that it provides a focused time of reminding ourselves that though food nourishes us physically, it is God and his Word that nourishes our souls.

One of the main purposes of fasting is to take our eyes off the things of this world, and that which can so easily consume our thought space, in order to focus our eyes on Christ and his amazing story of grace. So we’re calling you to be in prayer and Scriptures more than usual and to seek God’s face.

2. Fasting is not so much about seeking God’s hand, as it is about seeking God’s face.
The Bible is clear that it is not our efforts and self-denial that pleases God. God knows our hearts and it’s our hearts’ attitude towards him that brings him pleasure.

So we don’t fast to try force God’s hand to do what we want: rather fasting is a period of time of drawing closer to God – not relying on other means to satisfy our desires but relying on him. It’s a time of closer dependence on who God is, not only on what God can give. The result of biblical fasting is not so much that we change God’s mind, but that God changes our hearts.

HOW DO WE FAST?

There are no prescribed ways that you have to fast. You may want to consume liquids only (like water or juice for that time) or you may want to fast from all or certain foods. Certainly, if you have any health complications, or you’re pregnant, then don’t put yourself in danger. Remember God looks at the heart, so there is no pressure or law for you. Even if you don’t fast from food, please don’t feel like you’re excluded from joining your heart with us in prayer.

WHAT ARE WE PRAYING FOR?

  • That as people and a congregation we would grow in our  knowledge of Jesus.

  • That we would be a people who are courageous because of Jesus.

  • For all our ministry leaders.

We trust this journey will create some space to hear God’s whispers for our future together as a church, as well as for you to hear God speak to you personally.

Make sure you record these prophetic whispers and share them with your leaders where appropriate.

HOW DO WE CELEBRATE?

This time of prayer and fasting will culminate in a corporate gathering at our venue on Wednesday 8 April 2015. We will meet at 6:30pm to break the fast together, so please bring a plate of eats to share. This will be followed by a time of extended worship. All are welcome!

Worship Night @ Common Ground Rondebosch
Apr 8 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Worship Night @ Common Ground Rondebosch | Cape Town | Western Cape | South Africa

Our time of prayer and fasting will culminate in a corporate gathering at our venue on Wednesday 8 April 2015.

We will meet at 6:30pm to break the fast together, so please bring a plate of eats to share. This will be followed by a time of extended worship. All are welcome!

Apr
16
Thu
Music Team Auditions @ Common Ground Rondebosch
Apr 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Music Team Auditions @ Common Ground Rondebosch | Cape Town | Western Cape | South Africa

If you’ve completed DNA, are in a small group and would like to serve in one of music teams on Sunday, you’re invited to come to an audition on 16 April 2015.