What do we pray for?
During 3 weeks of fasting we encourage you to focus on prayer. Every week will have it’s own focus. We believe that 21 days of fasting will influence lives of each of us, our families, our church, our city and country.
Week 1: “My life and my family”
Week 2: “My church”
Week 3: “My city and my country”
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus said that blessed are the “pure in heart”, for they will see God (Matthew 5:8). Only a pure heart makes it possible to see, hear and understand God, Who wants to talk to you, have close relationships and be with you at any time – the time of victories and defeat, in the season of excess and the season of lack. Whatever period of life you have now, God loves you and wants to lead You to the best, give an excess and bless you!
We are unable to make our hearts pure ourselves. We can come to God in prayer and ask Him for it. We go to the shower to wash off all the dirt. We just step in, turn the faucet tap and turn on the water. In the same way the Holy Spirit purifies our hearts in His presence. We need Him, we also come to Him in prayer and just ask for it (“turn the faucet tap”), as David asked in Psalm 51.
Because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ – your sins are washed away and forgiven. In today’s prayer, thank Jesus for this and rely on the Holy Spirit, who will wash and purify your heart. God loves you and wants to be with you, He will speak to you through the word and in prayer during 21 days of fasting.
Matthew 5:6 NIV
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Our relationship with the Lord depends on our desire to seek Him, our “hunger and thirst” for The Holy Spirit, our passion to follow Christ. The same way our bodies need water and food, our soul and spirit needs Jesus, who is spiritual Bread and Water that gives life and fulfills more than anything else.
You don’t blame yourself for being hungry or thirsty, you just go where you can eat and drink. Don’t blame yourself if your relationship with the Lord is not “healthy” right now or because you only want them to be better. For such a time as this you have fast and prayer. Just come to Him in prayer – He is the One who loves you and will fill your spirit with overwhelming joy and supernatural peace. He is your righteousness. That is why seek the Lord more than anything and you will notice how sin, bad thoughts, fear and condemnation will disappear.
Come to Him as you are with a desire to know Him more and feel His presence. Tell Him about your desire to be closer. Set some time aside to let God fill your heart with what it needs.
Proverbs 4:7 NIV
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
God wants everyone to seek wisdom. He says that wisdom is the main thing. We are not eager for wealth. But when you have wisdom everything you need comes into your life, including respect and a long life. That’s why don’t make wealth your purpose!
If you need God’s wisdom just ask Him. And He gives “generously to all without finding fault” (James 1:5). But the truth is that God has already given us wisdom, in giving us Jesus “ who has become for us wisdom from God” (1 Cor. 1:30).
That’s why if you are up against problems and difficult obstacles at work and you don’t know how to resolve it, say: “Jesus You are my wisdom. I thank You for the best decision You will give me”. That’s the same when you have an issue and challenges with bringing up your children, say: “Jesus thank You for wisdom in love and good raising of my children.”
Just remember, that you are the happiest person, when you have Jesus, in Whom there are all treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Pray today about wisdom and everything else will be alright!
I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great and you will be a blessing
Think today about what God said to Abraham. You can have the same revelation as Abraham’s, that God blesses you because He loves you, and He gives you the privilege in your daily life to show His love to people around you, to your church and society. God’s financial provision for the purposes of the kingdom of God.
Do not use people and do not love money. On the contrary, use money to love people! When it concerns relationships with people, it is always much better to give than to take. Look around, if someone is in need – help him as much as you can. May your life be a bright light for people around for the sake of Jesus Christ!
Pray today for supernatural provision from God in your life and your family, so that you always have an excess for various good deeds!
“He will tell you the words by which you and your whole house will be saved.”
Sometimes someone close to you or a family member goes through a difficult time, needs prayer support, healing or wisdom. In the Gospels, we read that parents often came to Jesus and asked for their children, and people also came to Him asking for their friends. Jesus healed or gave answers by the faith of parents or friends, although the people they asked for at that moment could be in a completely different place.
You can come to God in prayer for your loved ones and your family. Be assured that God has grace and mercy that is enough to make a miracle in the lives of those you pray for. If you pray for the salvation of someone dear to you, continue to pray with confidence that they will find out, like you once did, and will receive a revelation about God’s love.
Your prayer and gratitude for each family member, for people close to you will be heard by God, who loves them and will bless them because you ask for it with faith.
And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.
Do you believe that God can heal a sick person, fully restore body, soul and heart? Even if you have sinned, in prayer offered in faith Lord will forgive those sins. What is a prayer offered in faith? It is faith in Jesus Christ, sinless Son of God, who took your place at the cross, and suffered consequence of sin, condemnation, humiliation, physical agony and death. But God raised Him in the third day and with the same power, that God raised Christ, He heals and restores you when you need it and come to Him in the prayer offered in faith.
In the Old Testament, people went to a priest to pray for their sin or healing. They brought a pure animal to the priest to sacrifice. The priest didn’t look at the sin of people (all of them were sinners), but he inspected an animal to see if it was good for sacrifice – without blemish or flaw, perfect. Jesus became this kind of sacrifice for us, all of humanity. God looks at Him, He has inspected and tested Him instead of us. That is why Jesus became the sacrifice for our sin and sickness.
Pray today with faith believing that Jesus paid in full for your forgiveness, healing and restoration. Accept this as a gift from the Lord who loves you!
Psalm 23:4 NIV
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Jesus, your good Shepherd, leads you and with you always to guide you for the better in your life! Even if you walk through “the valley of the shadow of death” where we feel cold, alone, scared. Even at that time Jesus is with us. He’s not here to say ” I told you…” He’s not standing with his arms crossed, waiting for us to help ourselves. He is with us to protect us and deliver us from evil and temptation.
Jesus guides you when you ask Him and trust Him. Expect Him to guide you when you read His Word, when you’re in a congregation of believers in the Church. He will guide you and show you the direction for the next step in your calling, work, business, or relationship.
Pray and expect Jesus to show and help you understand what your next step is.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel
Apostle Paul, one of the most strong and influential of the apostles, asked the church to pray for him. That shows us that our pastors need the church as much as the church needs them. When we look at pastors we may think that they are always fine and spiritually strong, but in reality they are regular people with their own spiritual battles. It is a great responsibility and pressure to lead and shepherd people.
We can strengthen our church by “strengthening” our pastors through fast and prayer, so that they would have wisdom in shepherding the church openly and boldly by preaching the Gospel.
Today, we pray in unity for God’s protection over the families of Hillsong’s senior pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston and for the family of Hillsong Moscow pastors Vadim and Anna Feschenko.
1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.
When the New Testament church began to grow, the apostles appointed other leaders so that they could help care for the health of the church (Acts 6). For better management, health and growth of the church, pastors appointed leaders in our church, who voluntarily took responsibility, they help each person find their calling in Christ and reveal the potential inherent in them.
Thanks to leadership, our church has a certain culture, excellence and constant growth. We honor and bless leaders who often pass the “second mile” while serving others.
We pray today for every leader in our church so that God will strengthen and give wisdom and bless their homes and families. And also that God would raise even more young leaders who will influence people in every area of life, not only in the church, but also in society.
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. (NIV)
Jesus said, “Love one another, as I have loved you” (John 13:34). We incredibly appreciate and thank God for every person who, on a volunteering basis, has made the decision to serve others with his gifts and talents, showing God’s love in action. Thanks to the many people who hold their gifts on an open hand and have a servant’s heart, our church is constantly improving and having more and more influence in Moscow.
This year we dream to see even more people in our volunteer teams who love God and people who are ready to build a church with excellence and do everything possible so that everyone can hear and feel the meaning of the simple phrase “Welcome Home”.
We pray today for all the volunteer teams in our church: the creative team, the pastoral team, and the management and organization team. We proclaim God’s protection and blessings on their families and homes, and that each volunteer with the heart of a servant grows in God and moves in his appointment.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
We love next generation and we invest in it. That’s why we have gatherings for Young & Free, Teens and Hillsong Kids. We believe in a big potential in each child and young man. We want to help each of them to fulfil this potential with God and walk with faith towards the life God prepared for them.
Young generation faces huge challenges and temptations, deals with modern world’s culture which uses them and depreciate them. That’s why we as church will support and encourage next generations to live a holy life, to be brave and free in Christ. Also we will believe and proclaim the best future for them from God!
Let’s pray in unity for Young & Free movement, Teens and kids! Let’s pray for their protection, calling from God. Let’s pray for them to become leaders which will influence millions of people, to become pastors and leaders, which will continue the work we are doing with even bigger power and impact.
Luke 15:32 NIV
But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ ”
We want to be a church that welcomes every man, woman and child with the words “Welcome home”. A church that accepts people as they are. But at the same time boldly and openly proclaiming salvation through Jesus Christ.
We are so thankful to the Lord that every Sunday Hillsong Church hosts hundreds of people and every year several hundred make a brave decision to proclaim Jesus as their Lord and Savior. This is a great joy and celebration to see people trusting their lives to the Lord.
We pray today that as a church we would stay open to people in the world, the ones called lost in the Bible, but the ones that would be found by the grace of Jesus! Also we pray for our maturity and ability to accept, serve and help even more people to grow in this journey with God in the year 2019!
1 Corinthians 1:10 (NIV)
I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.
Apostle Paul encourages church in Corinth to be in agreement and don’t let any situation to divide the church. The same is true for our families. Christian families are not perfect, but because we apply Biblical truths in our daily lives we can have and enjoy healthy relationships in our homes.
Culture around us says that marriage is just a formality, a union of two people that can be is broken or you can even live together without it. But we believe that christian marriage is a covenant between man and wife before God. Bible says ‘A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. ‘ (Ecclesiastes 4:12) That is why christian marriages can be strong and stand in the midst of hard times.
Today we pray for all our families, for God’s protection, blessings and peace. For every family to see this year more of God’s generosity and provision and to be a bright light for the society in which we live.
Jeremiah 17: 7-8
But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
We believe that God will give us a place where we can take root, grow and make changes in the society around us. We hope for God and believe that we will have a “physical place” of our own or church building, where we will continue to build a healthy Church that will reach the world and influence the city, changing people’s thinking and equipping them for leadership and influence in every sphere of life.
One of the objectives of the Hillsong Foundation and the annual Hillsong donations “Heart for the House” is buying its own premises for the church. For several years we have been sowing our seeds of faith and expect to see the fruits soon.
Let us pray for God’s supernatural provision in the life of every person in the Church and for the incredible generosity of Jesus Christ for the Hillsong Church in Moscow this year. We believe that because of this, we can serve people even more and preach about Jesus!
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.
КWhen we live in imperfect and fallen world, where people act unjust for their personal gain, we may falsely think that God hates people who has power and those who oppress others. But our God loves all people and gave His only Son for everyone. God hates sin and paid same price for a simple worker with small role in society and for the ones who has a high position.
God tells us to obey authorities and governments, and this is what we must do (first christians were persecuted by authorities but still obeyed them). This does not mean that we need to agree with injustice or corruption. We need to fight this with the most powerful weapon Lord gave us: fast and prayer.
There is nothing impossible for God. He is the maker of everything! We will pray in unity for God’s influence on the leaders and authorities in our country. For their hearts to be open to the Lord who created everyone of them. We will pray for their wisdom in making decisions and passing laws in Russia that will help people to live better lives and for church to keep preaching the Gospel!
1 John 3:17
If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?
Jesus called us to take care of others as we take care of ourselves.
When Jesus was asked “who is my neighbor”, He replied that this is a person in need and the one next to us right now. We take care of our family and close ones. But often we are surrounded by different people (some of them we don’t even know) who need help, kindness and encouragement. Sometimes those random encounters are not “random”. Sometimes God sends unfamiliar people in our live to help us. Sometimes God sends people our way so we can help them.
While we do our day-to-day things or routine let’s pay attention to people around us who might need us. For some of them simple act of kindness, a smile or even just a word may play a crucial role in their lives or even open up their hearts to God.
Let’s pray for God to focus our attention on people who need help. God loves us and blesses us in abundance so we “may abound to every good work” (2 Cor 9:8)
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.
We believe that God called us to have an impact to each area of our life because of the light that God ignites in us with His love. Each of us is a part of a community and a city.
Some of us use public transport everyday, some work in big companies, some of us have the subordinates, some of us studies in one group with dozens of young people who have never heard about God’s love.
Each of us has an area of influence and we can’t even imagine how big this influence can be.
Let’s pray together for each of us to be the light for people around us, for people to experience God’s presence because of Christ who lives in our hearts. Let’s pray for people to see the difference in our words, deeds, attitude, culture and even in our appearance.
We pray in unity so while we study, do our business or even relax in a cafe – we still have an impact on our community because of God’s grace and mercy in our lives!
We pray that the Holy Spirit would give us strength and wisdom to be in this world but not of this world (John 17:15-16)
Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
As a church, we serve the community and those families who need simple physical help through “City Care” ministry. Every year we have charity projects that unite hundreds of caring people who serve hundreds of families in difficult life circumstances. We believe it is our honor and privilege to show compassion and illustrate the Gospel in simple acts of help.
Let’s always be open to help people in need, because by doing this, we serve not only people, but also God. “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me”. (Matthew 25:40)
Let’s pray that our hearts will always be open to generosity, that our eyes notice people in need, and that through “City Care” projects we will serve even to more people!
So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers. (NIV)
In Moscow and Russia there are many wonderful local churches. We see how our pastors maintain good relationships with other pastors and churches. Unity and support between local churches will be a blessing to people and will help fulfill our great common mission – the Mission of Jesus Christ (Matt.28: 18-20)!
It is our honor and privilege to pray for other churches in our city and country. Let’s pray for the churches to become champions in what God called them to, for the churches to be healthy and strong, as well as grow and influence the society around.
Let’s pray for the churches that are under pressure now, for the young churches, as well as for the new ones that will be opened this year! So that God’s protection and peace would be upon their leadership and pastors, and God’s grace would raise and strengthen them even more.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (NIV)
Our world belongs to God and He gave us power over it when Jesus Christ died on the cross. He also gave us spiritual weapons (faith, prayer, fasting, the Word of God) to conquer the world with its temptations and sin. We are not called to hide and fear what is happening around and wait for Jesus to return for us. He gave us the Holy Spirit to restore our land, protecting it from evil.
The prayer of the local church for peace and God’s protection in our city and country has power. This is something that no state or government will do. Let’s pray today in unity about this.
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert. (NIV)
Let’s believe that God’s revival is already here! It’s not out there, far from us. It is in the Church. It is in us. It is what Jesus does in us when we open our heart to Him and let Him lead our lives. Expect awakening in your personal life. In areas that are right now empty or dry. Proclaim God’s grace, protection, mercy, love in your life, because you’re His child and you know who you are in Him.
Let’s pray for a revival in the Church, so we can see more grace and God’s generosity through our service to society, Sunday services and how many people this year will return to God and entrust their lives to Jesus Christ!
Let’s also pray for the awakening in
our city and country! Let’s proclaim and expect that the Kingdom of God will spread even further and wider, while millions of
people will be saved and changed through the Gospel.
Why are we going to fast?
Maybe you’ve done a lot of fasting or this is the first time you’ve ever heard about it. Whatever your experience, we hope it would be beneficial for everyone to understand WHY we do this.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Matthew 6:33 NIV
Life is filled with worries, responsibility and needs, and at the same time – dreams, plans and goals. We are looking for ways to live a better year, with greater efficiency, or simply to complete what we have outlined. In the verse above, Jesus designated all of the above with the words “all these things” comparing it with seeking the Kingdom of God and the righteousness of Jesus. We “find” them through personal relationships with God, when we devote our time and attention to this, and also make them a priority. We are convinced that when we make a decision to seek God in fasting and prayer, “everything else” will take place in the best way possible and will bring joy and peace.
As a church, at the beginning of the year, we decided to spend 21 days in prayer and fasting just before the annual Vision Sunday*.
We truly believe this is very significant and we have faith to see God move in fresh and extraordinary ways leading up to Easter. Do you believe that God has more for us? I am convinced that we’ll only see that MORE when the church (which is you) has a serious commitment to prayer, fasting and seeking Jesus like never before. And so, we thought it would be good to teach a little about fasting.
*Vision Sunday is a great opportunity for everyone to learn more about the Hillsong church vision, to hear the message from the senior pastor of the Hillsong church Brian Houston, and also to watch a vivid video presentation that reveals more the
heart and soul of the church. The 1st part of the Vision Sunday will take place at the service on February 17 at 11:30, the 2nd part on Friday, February 22 at 19:30 at the meeting “Heart And Soul”.
What can help you to make fasting effective?
“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.”
Galatians 5:16-17 NIV
So we can’t just do whatever we want. We can’t allow our flesh to rule and one of the ways to discipline our flesh is to fast. Cornelius Platinga, an American theologian said this about fasting, “The early Christians believed that a person’s appetites are linked; full stomachs and jaded palates take the edge from our hunger and thirst for righteousness. They spoil the appetite for God.”
The biblical definition of fasting is that it’s a christian’s voluntary abstinence from food for spiritual reasons. In the bible fasting was always with food but if you can’t fast food for some reason, maybe you’re diabetic or pregnant, or you really feel lead to fast something else that you think takes your attention away from God like TV or social media, then you can fast that but there is something about food that REALLY effects us physically.
All through the Bible it’s very clear that doing something in the physical is a catalyst to seeing breakthrough in the spiritual. What we do in the physical gets the attention of heaven and mobilises the angel armies like when the Israelites fled from Egypt in Exodus 14. When they reached the Red Sea, God told Moses to lift up his staff and stretch out his hand. His OBEDIENCE to do the physical action resulted in a supernatural miracle.
Here are three things that fasting is not and six things that fasting is. This is not a comprehensive list but things I hope can help us for now.
FASTING IS NOT:
1. Not to earn God’s favour or acceptance or to impress Him (God accepts us only by the finished work of Jesus on the cross.)
2. Not to get God to do what you want Him to do. The point of fasting is for it to change you.
3. Not be a burden or a duty, but rather a voluntary decision. For the rest of your life, you can chose to do it or not do it because the bible doesn’t command us to fast but it does tell us how beneficial it can be. It won’t affect your SALVATION, but it will affect your SITUATION.
In Matthew 6:16, Jesus doesn’t say “if,” but “when you fast…”, so it’s safe to say that He just assumed that His followers would fast.
1. To seek God’s guidance. In Acts 14:23, the early church fasted and prayed when they appointed new leaders. If you’re at a point in your life where you really need guidance in your business, career or relationships, now could be a good time to fast.
2. To seek deliverance or protection. If you read the stories of Ezra, Esther and King Jehoshaphat, they fasted and God intervened. We can fast for ourselves or others to be delivered from sickness, fear, anxiety, depression, addiction, poverty, you name it.
3. To express our passion for the work of God. Nehemiah’s passion to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem caused him to fast for help from God. We fast because of our passion to build God’s house in order to build this nation so people will call it a delightful land.
4. To overcome our flesh and draw closer to Jesus. Fasting teaches us to hunger for Jesus MORE than food or luxuries. This physical awareness of emptiness is the reminder to turn to Jesus who is the only one who can satisfy. He is the Bread of Life and Living Water. Jesus himself said: “Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ – Matt 4:4 NIV
The word IS actually Jesus, so he’s saying we cannot live on food alone, but on Jesus who satisfies. When Jesus meets the woman at the well He tells her that what HE has to give is far greater than the natural water she is drawing from the well. Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. – John 4:13 NIV
You see, intimacy with Jesus will satisfy your thirst far more than any natural water, Coca-cola, coffee or even Castle Lager for that matter.
5. To express love and worship to God. You can read about Anna the prophet in Luke 2 who literally just lived in the temple worshipping God constantly with fasting and prayer. That’s how she expressed her love for Him and fasting is one of the ways we can express our love for Jesus.
6. To strengthen your prayers. When Ezra, Daniel, Esther, Nehemiah and the apostles in the New Testament fasted, they always prayed. Fasting and praying always go hand in hand. Fasting without praying has a very common name. It’s called a diet. Fasting is not a diet. It’s more than just NOT eating. Prayer is a weapon and fasting helps to remind us to pray. So the idea isn’t to be dramatic about how much you want the food and constantly think about how much you miss it and need it but to be moved to fill the lack in your physical body with and abundance of prayer.
We truly believe that now we are called to be stronger in prayers for our church, society, country, families, and ourselves. Therefore, we would like to invite you to join our 21-day of fasting before the Vision weekend. Below you can read about what kind of fasting we will have.
How will we fast?
As a church we will be doing a Daniel’s fast for 21 days. The concept for Daniel’s fast is taken out of the Bible from the book of Daniel:
“I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.”
Daniel 10:3 NIV
Daniel made the decision to fast three weeks for his nation. In his fast Daniel excluded certain foods: delicacies, meat and wine.
Traditionally Daniel’s Fast means to refrain from meat, fish, dairy products, sweets and alcohol. Foods that you can eat and drink are: fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, foods made out of seeds, water, fruit juices.
It’s possible your fast will be different. What would you not fast from, in the end is what is important to you. This is what you are doing. Overall we want our church to be inspired and encouraged to passionately wait on Jesus.
What will we be praying for?
Каждый день поста на сайте церкви и в наших социальных сетях ты сможешь прочитать несколько стихов из Библии и фокус для молитвы.
Мы будем молиться о разных сферах жизни и верим, что предстоящий 21-дневный пост и молитва повлияют на наши семьи, церковь и общество!