O Give Thanks 2017

BUILDING A SPIRIT OF PRAYER IN THE HOME

During the week of O Give Thanks, each member of MFM should select 30 minutes that they will dedicate to prayer and quiet time in the home.

With all members participating, there will be many people praying every hour of the day for strength and development of individual families as well as the Body of Christ.

VETERANS OF FASTING & PRAYER

For those of you who are seasoned in fasting and prayer, you may want to fast two or more days continuously.   This is fine, just exercise wisdom

CORPORATE PRAYER

Together, we will lift our voices in prayer for the following:

Pastor & First Family Church               Family     The Body of Christ     Children/Youth The Vision of MFM

Ministry Leaders   City, Country, Nation     Community   President & First Family       Government

Law Enforcement   Firefighters           Mayor    Peace      Freedom                 Incarcerated          Sick

Bereaved                Missions                 Armed Forces        Veterans

We are asking each family to adopt one or two other families to carry in prayer during the week of O’ Give Thanks. Pray that the Lord bless, keep and shine His face upon them, gives them grace, keeps His face before them, gives them peace, that His name shall be theirs. (Numbers 6:24-27).

1) THE NORMAL FAST: Luke 4:2 (To abstain from eating)

2) THE ABSOLUTE FAST: Acts 9:9 (To abstain from eating & drinking)

3) THE PARTIAL FAST: Daniel 10:3 (To abstain from certain foods)

Benefits to Fasting

  • Develops humility
  • Strengthens the inner man
  • Looses the bands of wickedness
  • Releases heavy burdens and freedom from oppression
  • Manifestation of God’s power
  • Brings the church family into greater unity and growth
  • Opens the door for you to receive God’s anointing and fresh revelation
  • Increases faith
  • Gives you the power to gain victory over the sins of the flesh
  • Breaks addictions (food, alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, gambling, etc.)

Prayer

Prayer is an important part of your Spiritual growth. It is two-way communication with God. We can talk to the Lord any time and any place. In prayer, God reveals His plans and purpose for our lives. It is in prayer where we receive direction, spiritual warfare strategies, and wisdom.

Types of Prayer

Personal Prayer: Taking your petitions and supplications before God.
Be careful with nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplications with thanksgiving let your requests be known unto God. Philippians 4:6

Intercessory: Praying on behalf of others as the Spirit of God leads.

Corporate: Praying together collectively as a church for the Body of Christ, the nation and it’s leaders, kingdom advancement.
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. II Chronicles 7:14

 

How to Pray
Learning to pray begins by making the choice to be alone with God. You must set aside time each day to meet with Him. Find a place where you won’t be distracted or interrupted.
O God, thou are my God; early will I seek thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; Psalm 63:1

 

Home /Work/  School

At home, work, or school do the following when  appropriate:

  1. Read your Bible
  2. Stay prayerful.
  3. Maintain a quiet, spiritual state of mind
  4. Refrain from unnecessary talking.
  5. Encourage someone with words of love or kindness.
  6. Refrain from watching television, reading newspapers, and Internet activities. (During the week of consecration, knowledge of world events can weigh you down).
  7. Plan in-the-home activities for the family.
  8. Read the Bible together, as well as interesting fun books
  9. Play Bible games.
  10. Abstain from game consoles, internet gaming, and computer-based games.
  11. Develop a family hobby or individual hobbies.
  12. Write letters or notes to loved ones and friends.
  13. Enjoy the Word on audio and video recordings.
  14. Go to bed at a reasonable hour and get plenty of rest.

 

May God continue to bless your faithfulness to this Church. Your dedication, commitment, and love for God are the key to the success of this ministry. Without a true love for Him, we could not achieve the ultimate goal and purpose of God. Your individual blessings lie in your commitment to Jesus Christ, and our corporate blessings will be accomplished because we love Him and have made the choice to follow His will.

 

FASTING SCHEDULE

The time of fasting will commence Sunday at 12:00 midnight and conclude at 4:00p.m.on Friday.

The Daniel (Partial)  Fast Monday, Wednesday and Friday (fruit, vegetables, water, juice).

The Total Fast: Tuesday and Thursday. You should have nothing to eat or drink during fasting hours on Tuesday and Thursday.

Eat only one meal after 4:00p.m.each day of fasting schedule. Feel free to have a healthy snack with juice and water following your meal. 

Fasting Schedule 2017

11-13 through 11-17

Fast begins when you go to bed Sunday night  (Mon 12 am) Nov 13th and concludes Friday, Nov 17th at 4 pm.  On Monday, Wednesday and Friday you should only have water, fruit & vegetables if you are doing Daniel Fast after 4 pm you may have a light meal and a snack before bed. On Tuesday and    Thursday (Total Fast) you should have nothing to eat or drink until 4 pm. After 4 pm you may have a light meal and a snack before bed.

Tap Into the Power of Prayer “POP”!!!
Now Jesus was telling the disciples a parable to make the point that at all times they ought to pray and not give up and lose heart (Luke 18:1 AMP).
Prayer, by far is one of the most powerful tools God has given every believer; however, with all the power that is found in prayer, it is still one of the most neglected areas in the believer’s life.  Why is that?  It is because the believer has not learned the significance of P.O.P!  The Power of Prayer!!!  Prayer is a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God.  Prayer is able to go further than we can imagine, high as the heavens, and deeper than the depths of the sea.  Prayer penetrates the impenetrable, shakes up prisons, and sets captives free!  Prayer possesses the ability to encourage the discouraged, lift the fallen, and strengthen the weak. Wow!  It is through prayer that we learn the voice of God, the mind of God, and movement of God.
Tap into the powerful blessing of the Power of Prayer, P.O.P!!!
Let Us Pray

From childhood, we have heard those words.  Most of the time we had no idea what it meant.  Jesus loves us so much, He left us a blueprint on how to pray.  In the book of John, Chapter 17, Jesus taught his disciples how to pray; what we now call “The Lord’s Prayer”. He wants more than anything to hear from us.  Whether our prayers are for healing, direction, needs, or wants; He delights to hear from us. He told us to seek His face and ALL other things will be added.  He so desires a relationship with us and that starts with prayer.  Whether you are driving in your car, kneeling, laying on your face, or in your prayer closet, He hears you.  Don’t compare your prayer life or relationship with Him to anyone else. He has chosen you uniquely.
Regardless of where you are and what you are doing, He is always pleased to hear from you.
Build your relationship with God. He wants you more than you know!
Prayer truly changes things, most importantly it changes you!

Mother Janet Farmer

Let Him Be Your Guiding Light
During dark and gloomy days, sometimes it can feel as if it is impossible to feel God, or even to see Him. Because we are human, pain and emotions feel all so real when the stresses and woes of life surround us like a depressive cloud. However, I am reminded that dark clouds don’t last always. Let us learn from the season we are in, so that we can believe God even when we may not see Him, hear Him, or feel Him. The story in Matthew 14:24-31 reminds us that boisterous storms will come to rock our ship, but we have a God we can go to, and even in the midst of the sea, he allows us to come. He is a God who will walk through the waters with us and even when we are afraid, we can cry out, and He hears us. He will stretch forth his hand and catch us.
Let Him Be Your Guide
-Elder Robert Allen
When Was the Last Time
When was the last time you spent intimate time with God and requested your true heart’s desires, and included His will?
 
Mark 11:24 says, Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
 
God is exceedingly able to grant us the desires of our hearts, according to His will. When we ask, we must also remember to ask Him, what He desires of us. The blessings of God are transactional. What we bring to Him in Jesus name, according to His will, He blesses; including our prayers.
 
As you ask Him for what you desire, be sure to ask Him, what He desires of you. 
You want the blessings of His will over your life.
 
Everything goes better with Jesus!
Minister Rashieda Shabazz
Rest In the Lord

The Bible declares in Matthew 11:28,

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

 

Often times we become so overwhelmed with business, stresses of family, work, bills, and other life issues that we become wearied and exhausted. It is imperative that we center ourselves in Christ; practically, physically, mentally, and emotionally. When we operate out of balance, we operate in a fashion which is not our best. Operating in a state of imbalance causes our health to fail, relationships to suffer, and ultimately we lose more than we gain. We must humble ourselves enough to seek God; not only in times of travail, but also in times of great joy and peace. As life throws curve balls and we have ups and downs we must ask ourselves, “What is in my spiritual bank account?” You have to stir up the blessings of God, the favor of God, and the mercy of God, so that when the storm hits you can reach back into your reserve praise and declare victory in the midst of the trial.

 

Revive yourself by going back to the source which is Jesus Christ. Recharge yourself like a cell phone in His Love. We Believe God!!!