Tuesday, June 7, is Venture’s First Tuesday Prayer 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.)

 

DEVOTION

There is something about consistency that is built into nature. Beautiful things happen when you keep watering a seed day after day; It grows, blooms and becomes a garden. For humans, exercising once does not change us, but a little workout every day will change the entire body, soul and mind. Likewise, praying the same prayer over time imprints a deep and lasting change in our soul, in our communities, and on earth. 

I’ve prayed the prayers in Ephesians 1 and 3 almost every day of my life for over a decade. This simple practice has not just changed my prayer life, it has changed my entire life. I challenge you to try this habit. You can write a prayer, find one in scripture, or find an ancient prayer of the saints. Here is a link to morning and evening prayers of the Puritans: http://www.oldlandmarks.com/puritan.htm

 

PSALM 84

How lovely is your dwelling place,
    O Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
2
I long, yes, I faint with longing
    to enter the courts of the Lord.
With my whole being, body and soul,
    I will shout joyfully to the living God.
3
Even the sparrow finds a home,
    and the swallow builds her nest and raises her young
at a place near your altar,
    O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, my King and my God!
4
What joy for those who can live in your house,
    always singing your praises. Interlude
5
What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord,
    who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
6
When they walk through the Valley of Weeping,[b]
    it will become a place of refreshing springs.
    The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings.
7
They will continue to grow stronger,
    and each of them will appear before God in Jerusalem.[c]
8
O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, hear my prayer.
    Listen, O God of Jacob. Interlude
9
O God, look with favor upon the king, our shield!
    Show favor to the one you have anointed.
10
A single day in your courts
    is better than a thousand anywhere else!
I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God
    than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.
11
For the Lord God is our sun and our shield.
    He gives us grace and glory.
The Lord will withhold no good thing
    from those who do what is right.
12
O Lord of Heaven’s Armies,
    what joy for those who trust in you.
PRAYER REQUESTS
  • Venture has a key document en route to the Thai consulate that will continue to allow our containers of food to get through customs. Please pray for continued favor as we work to ship Feed My Starving Children meals to those who desperately need them.
  • The Venture tour season has begun! Please pray that the participants and tour leaders will be safe, enjoy their trips and have encounters with God that will leave them forever changed.
  • Please pray for those who are serving in Thailand. God is opening up new doors and bringing new structure to our projects. Please pray for easy, peaceful transitions, wisdom, and renewed strength.

 

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