MYGEN Church Fasting & Prayer – 9-20-17

Pray without ceasing

MYGEN Church
Fasting & Prayer

When the devil tempts you, what is your response? Do you rationalize the temptation giving you an excuse to commit the sin? What do you do when the devil whispers in your ear? Do you entertain the thoughts? Rebuke them? Where are you spiritually weak? How can God’s promises stated in His word encourage you when you need it most?

Today, Wednesday from 12:00AM to 11:59PM we will be fasting from entertaining the devil’s thoughts and falling into temptations by responding with a passage of scripture. (i.e. when the devil tries to tell you that you aren’t loved by God, your response would be “My Father said because He loved me so much, He sent His only Son to die for me” John 3:16) It’s harder for us to resist the devil and flee from him, if we don’t know how he is attacking us individually. By identifying where he’s attacking you, you can prepare a strategic defense that is God divined and Biblically supported. This is a great opportunity to develop an escape plan. Whatever we learn in this fast will be how we’ll deal with our temptations in the future. Even if we wind up in a different scenario, this time we will have acquired ammunition.

My Father Said

To DO

  • Post on your social media:
    Today, I am fasting from entertaining the devil’s attacks and temptations by responding with “My Father said …”
  • Write down what you spiritually struggle with .Then write down the verses that are in the Bible that are designed to encourage you through your struggle. (i.e. If you struggle with depression, write down verses that allow you to be reminded of God’s peace, love, and joy.)
  • Take these promises foundin God’s word and put them in your plainview. Claim them when you need them.
  • When the devil tries to tempt, discourage, or distract you, respond with “My Father said – insert Bible Verse Here – ”
  • Play worship music throughout the day to reset your state of mind.
  • Avoid people and places designed to lure you into temptation and note when you are more susceptible to attacks.

Do Not

  • Entertain the devil’s attacks
  • Attempt to rationalize a temptation. This is where the devil wins. Doing this allows him toconfuse you. YOU WILL LOSE!
  • Believe a word the enemy says. It is a lie. In order to know lie from truth, you have to study theword of God for yourself and commit it to memory.

Verses for Meditation

  • No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not
    allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of
    escape, that you may be able to bear it. 1 Cor. 10:13
  • And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
    Philippians 4:19 NKJV
  • By which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be
    partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
    2 Peter 1:4 NKJV
  • For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
    2 Corinthians 1:20 NKJV
  • I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
    Philippians 4:13 NKJV
  • Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and
    spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
    2 Corinthians 7:1 NKJV
  • He gives power to the weak, And to t hose who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths
    shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the Lord shall
    renew t heir strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They
    shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:29-31
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About the Author

Hannah Love

While I am a born and raised Seventh-day Adventist (I was baptized at the age of 8, and then again at 21), I am not a product of Adventist Education. As a matter of fact, it is my public school education, both at DeWitt Clinton HS, and the University at Albany that has strengthened my relationship with. High School reignited my love for singing in choirs, and led me to join the Angelic Voices of Praise, the only gospel choir on campus. It was at corporate prayer before choir rehearsal one Thursday evening in Albany that my prayer life was brought under a microscope. You see, up until that point, I was praying these little Baby Prayers, the Patty Cake Prayers, the rehearsed Prayers, the One Liners. There wasn’t any conviction, and it almost appeared that I was afraid to talk to God in a very real way. That night a seasoned member saw something that I didn’t see in myself, and because she allowed the Holy Spirit to use her, took me to the back of the LC during corporate prayer and taught me how to pray. I mean Really Pray! That night not only changed my life, but changed my Prayer Life forever. My prayer life translated well as I served as a Pathfinder Leader and an Assistant AY Leader and Praise and Worship leader. It was my constant communication with God that allowed Him to use me to lead Teens and Young Adult closer to God, and many more into Praise and Worship. While I understand that our life experiences have differed, I believe that our God is the same. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He is the God that desires to have a deeper communication with us, who longs to chat with us, and craves quiet moments that we can offer as sacrifice to Him Do not for a moment think that I am perfect. In fact I am far from it. I mess up and mistakes, but my relationship with God is just as real as this letter you are reading. It is my relationship, and my prayer life, that restores me each and every time I fall. It is my prayer life with God that has allowed Him to use me for His work, and the furtherance of His Gospel! I charge each and everyone of you to explore a genuine and real relationship with God! Sit at His feet, talk to Him, worship him, Praise Him! Ask God to show Himself to you in a very “You Specific Way” Just in case you don’t know where to start, I encourage each and everyone of you who are able to join in with us on our Weekly Prayer and Fasts that meet each Wednesday. It is in these Fasts, that God reveals our character flaws to us, in hopes of not only correcting our Spiritual Cancers that seek to draw us away from God’s divine love, but pull us closer to the feet of Jesus! I pray that each and everyone of you experience God in a very real and “You Specific Way”. I Love you and God Loves you more!

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