Tuesday, April 5, is Venture’s First Tuesday Payer and Fasting. We invite you to join us.

Here are a few ways you can pray:

  • Pray that you would be more grateful so that your heart is ready to respond to the needs of others.
  • Pray for the refugees who receive meals every day and for thousands more who need food.
  • Pray for the meals that are sent to SE Asia. It is a long journey and the Gospel is shared with each delivery.

Here are a few ways you can fast:

  • Abstain from food during one meal time or for the whole day.
  • Abstain from sweets, soda or coffee.
  • Fast from technology (TV, iPad, iPhone, social media, gaming systems, etc.)

Scripture compares prayer to exercise, and rightly so. You won’t notice a huge difference if you exercise for one day, or if you miss a workout one day. But over a month, consistent exercise will change you in many ways. It’s the same for a life of prayer. If you start a daily prayer regimen, after a month you will notice many changes in your life.

But there is one big difference between exercise and prayer. Exercise only changes you, prayer changes everything. If you spend time praying big bold prayers for other people, not only do you change, but individuals, families, situations, neighborhoods and even nations are changed. Imagine what would happen if an entire community committed to praying, just a bit more each day, for hurting people around the world to see the love of Jesus. I get excited just thinking about it.

Let’s try it.

PSALM 130

Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.

If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.

Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.

MORNING PRAYER

May God the Father bless us,

May Christ take care of us,

the Holy Ghost enlighten us all the days of our life.

The Lord be our defender and keeper of body and soul,

both now and forever, to the ages of ages.

– St. Ethelwold

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