From September 7-20 we will pray, worship, and fast together more intentionally as we enter the next season. These two weeks are designed to prioritize what matters most as we cultivate greater hunger for God and seek His wisdom, strength, and direction for our lives, church, and city.
To sign up for daily prayer prompts and other updates sent to your phone, TEXT “firstseek” to 72345.
OWN YOUR BLOCK SUNDAY
On Sunday, September 13th at 11am, we are taking to the streets of Providence to walk our neighborhoods, engaging our physical surroundings to inspire prayer for our city and love for our neighbors
We are inviting every person in our church to set aside 10 minutes each day to pray around a united set of directions. Starting Monday, see daily prompts on the front page of inourtime.co or text “firstseek” to 72345 to have them sent straight to your phone.
Fasting is sacrificing something in order to focus our attention and increase our appetite for God. We are encouraging everyone to pair their prayer with fasting in some form during these two weeks. Click here for more on why and how to fast.
Each Tuesday, we will have prayer meetings online at 8am, 12pm, and 8pm. Whatever your schedule, we want to provide an opportunity for you to get facetime with church family to seek God together.
WHY FIRST SEEK?
When we began our journey together as Sanctuary Church we started with a season of fasting and prayer. Prayer and fasting are not our last resort, they are always our first response. #FirstSeek is designed to prioritize the eternal and seek God’s wisdom, strength, and direction for our lives, church, and city. This year we are focusing our energy on seeking God for an awakening/revival in our city and beyond.
Whether you can’t imagine your life without prayer or you can’t imagine where to begin, the power of prayer isn’t determined by the presentation. It’s not the strength of our faith, it’s the object of our faith that changes things.
Throughout history incredible seasons of prayer and fasting have been recorded. Of course, in the eyes of those who prayed they may not have been remarkable at all. They sought God in simple and honest ways. They touched the heart of God in one way or another and changed environments, cities, nations and history itself.
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. – 1 John 5:14
What if the greater Providence area continued to be transformed by the good news of Jesus and became known as a place where God is alive and at work? God placed us in one of the least churched cities in America, and through us the God of the miraculous is on the move. Our prayers aren’t as ordinary or unremarkable as we think.
Prayer and fasting touches the heart of God and reorders our values.
Prayer and fasting are critical disciplines in joining God in the renewal of all things.
“History is the story of God giving away power. After entrusting the human species with the gift of free choice, God invited its representatives to act as partners, even to argue and wrestle with the One who created them. Yet, virtually everyone God picked to lead a new venture – Adam, Abraham, Moses, David – proved disappointing in part. Apparently God committed to work with human partners no matter how inept. Jesus stayed on earth barely long enough to assemble a dozen followers (no less flawed), to whom he handed the keys of the kingdom of God. Against all odds the movement took off, and the human partnership has not stopped since. We are “God’s fellow workers,” the apostle Paul said. We collaborate with God’s actions in the world. And as God’s coworkers we are encouraged to submit our requests, our desires, and our petitions in prayer.” + Yancey
There is a place to post thoughts, requests, and most importantly – how you have seen God at work, at the bottom of this page. Please share and check back, it encourages us all.
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