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In this message, Pastor Scott concludes his teaching on the importance fasting and prayer. Follow along with the outline below. Please help us spread the good news by sharing it with others!
Blow the trumpet in Jerusalem! Announce a time of fasting; call the people together for a solemn meeting. 16 Bring everyone--the elders, the children, and even the babies. Call the bridegroom from his quarters and the bride from her private room.
~ Joel 2:15-16
That is why the LORD says, "Turn to me now, while there is time! Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. 13 Don't tear your clothing in your grief; instead, tear your hearts." Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and merciful. He is not easily angered. He is filled with kindness and is eager not to punish you. 14 Who knows? Perhaps even yet he will give you a reprieve, sending you a blessing instead of this terrible curse. Perhaps he will give you so much that you will be able to offer grain and wine to the LORD your God as before!
15 Blow the trumpet in Jerusalem! Announce a time of fasting; call the people together for a solemn meeting. 16 Bring everyone--the elders, the children, and even the babies. Call the bridegroom from his quarters and the bride from her private room.
17 The priests, who minister in the LORD's presence, will stand between the people and the altar, weeping. Let them pray, "Spare your people, LORD! They belong to you, so don't let them become an object of mockery. Don't let their name become a proverb of unbelieving foreigners who say, `Where is the God of Israel? He must be helpless!' " 18 Then the LORD will pity his people and be indignant for the honor of his land!
~ Joel 2:12-18
pity = have compassion indignant = provoked into action
19 He will reply, "Look! I am sending you grain and wine and olive oil, enough to satisfy your needs. You will no longer be an object of mockery among the surrounding nations. 20 I will remove these armies from the north and send them far away. I will drive them back into the parched wastelands, where they will die. Those in the rear will go into the Dead Sea; those at the front will go into the Mediterranean. The stench of their rotting bodies will rise over the land." Surely the LORD has done great things! 21 Don't be afraid, my people! Be glad now and rejoice because the LORD has done great things.
~ Joel 2:19-21
Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; 18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
~ Matthew 6:16-18
Things we should be focused on in prayer:
1. Is there a friend or loved one that needs Salvation?
2. Do you desire a deeper, more intimate and powerful relationship with the Lord?
3. Are you in need of a fresh encounter with God?
4. Are you ready to have heightened sensitivity to the desires of God?
5. Are you in need of healing or a miracle?
6. Do you desire to know God's will for your life?
7. Do you need to break away from bondages that have been holding you hostage?
8. Is there a dream inside you that only He can make possible?
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