The Reality LA pastors invite you to join them in fasting and praying for our church and city on the first Tuesday of every month. Though there will be no official Reality LA gathering that day, we welcome you to partner with us as we pray for holiness, power, and direction for our church!
Fasting involves abstaining from food for a set period of time. There are various lengths and reasons to fast, but the overarching goal is to seek spiritual nourishment and focus. The time we would normally use to prepare and enjoy a meal can be spent in prayer. The physical hunger we experience while fasting should remind us of our spiritual need for Christ and drive us to seek him as our sustenance and strength.
To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
June: Jesus, Our Sanctification
The gospel is not just a message. The gospel is a person. Our being rooted in Christ is what makes our united life as a church and generative presence in our city possible. We are using our 2019 First Tuesday fasts to meditate on a few of the many dimensions of the person of Jesus.
This month, we look at Jesus as our sanctification. One of our deacons, Jeffrey Burnell, has written a reflection on and some specific ways to pray through this theme:
The First Tuesday Fast of the month provides another opportunity to continue our rhythm of fasting and praying corporately as a church. Each month we unite around a specific topic or cause and petition for God to show more of his glory in that area. As we abstain from something that we regularly consume throughout the day (food, media, etc) we align our physical bodies and heart’s desires, hungering after Jesus. This month our fast will be centered on sanctification.
To be sanctified is to be set apart for a sacred purpose. A great area in Scripture regarding sanctification is found in Romans 6:
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.
The Apostle Paul places the fact that we were slaves of sin in the past tense. Because we have been freed from our slavery to sin. Paul also states that we have been set free by faith, which he describes as obedience from the heart. The point is clear, you put your faith in God and his Word, and now you are set free. To live every day consistent with that freedom.
- As I obey you, Lord, please help me to stay away from the things that can cause me harm.
- Help me, Lord, to be focused upon you for all things in my daily life.
- May I be consecrated to you, Lord.
- Help me to be a great example of you at home, in the workplace, and in my community.