Fasting reorders our affections and creates an even deeper hunger and thirst for King Jesus. Join your Refuge Family as we fast the first Tuesday of each month in the year 2019. Each month there will be a new theme and verse for which we will be fasting.
MAY 7: Embracing your identity in Christ and utilizing your gifts
"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." - Ephesians 2:10
- You are God’s workmanship! Reflect on the unique gifts, talents, passions, personality, etc. that He’s given you.
- Thank God for how he created you.
- Ask God for wisdom on how He wants to use your gifts, talents, passions, and personality to bring glory to His name and encourage others.
march 5: Fasting for our pastors and their families
“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” - Romans 15:5–6
The Brodersens, Bretzkes, and Pedersens all serve our community faithfully. Here are some specific prayer points to reflect on as you engage in prayer for each of these families:
Spirit filled energy + vision
Wisdom + clarity in leading
Protection + flourishing in marriage
Parenting with grace + wisdom
february 5: Fasting for Freedom and Endurance in your Walk with the Lord
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.” - Hebrews 12:1-3
Ask God to help you identify weights, sins, strongholds etc. in your life. Lay them aside and throw them off in repentance, then turn to Jesus and walk in freedom.
Run with endurance, being reminded that our walks with the Lord are not sprints, but marathons. Run with joy, just as Jesus was able to endure the cross because of the joy that was beyond it - let us run with endurance and with deep-seated joy, knowing that ultimate victory is ours in Christ Jesus and that eternal life awaits.
January 8: Your Personal Walk with Jesus
“Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” - Psalm 139:23-24
Ask God to examine your heart and point out any sins, distractions, lies that might hinder you in