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Prayer & Fasting

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

“Is this not the fast which I choose, to loosen the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, and to let the oppressed go free and break every yoke?” Isaiah 58:6

I’m dedicating this week, October 21-25, to prayer and fasting for our church and for our country. We’ll be praying together in the Worship Center every night this week: Sunday-Thursday 6:30-8 p.m.

WHY WE FAST. Fasting is one of the biblical ways to seek breakthrough. In fasting, we break sin patterns in our lives. Fasting is sowing to your spirit. When you fast, you’re saying, “Flesh, you’re not the boss.” It humbles the soul (Psalm 35:13b) and addresses the pride we all think we don’t have. Paul wrote: “I discipline my body and make it my slave” (1 Corinthians 9:27a).

WHAT TO FAST. Approach fasting prayerfully. Don’t get legalistic. God may be calling you to fast just one meal. Daniel in the Bible fasted everything but vegetables (Daniel 1:12-18). Or you might fast media: King Darius fasted entertainment while Daniel was in the lions’ den (Daniel 6:18). Use wisdom; if you have blood sugar or medication issues, don’t just stop eating. The point is to ask God what kind of fast He is calling you to.

THE RESULT OF FASTING. Ninety-nine percent of fasting isn’t all that exciting. It sows seeds that may not be visible immediately but will yield amazing fruit. You may not sense the breakthrough at the time of your fast, but know that you will walk into blessing and clarity. God has some significant things up ahead. As we fast and pray, we will see breakthrough and we will receive direction.

God bless you,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
Thank You, God, that this is a year of fruitfulness. I dedicate this week to prayer and fasting. I thank You for strength, fulfillment, achievement, prosperity, and abundance in my life, in our church, and for our country, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

PRAY:
• For the removal of obstacles.
• For increased love.
• For God’s perfect will.
• For spiritual growth.
• With the end in mind.

TRIUMPH

Friday, April 14th, 2017

But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. 2 Corinthians 2:14

LIFE TRIUMPHS OVER DEATH. When Jesus died on the Cross, everything looked like a failure. But when He rose from the dead, it turned into victory over death and sin! Whatever you have been through, however you have messed up, Jesus wants to forgive your sins, give you a fresh start, and lead you in triumph.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved). Ephesians 2:4-5

MERCY TRIUMPHS OVER JUDGMENT. God loves you not on the basis of your good deeds, but because of His mercy (Titus 3:5). He loves you completely, and nothing can separate you from His love (Romans 8:38-39). Let this become a year of triumph for you. If you’ve let your heart grow cold, draw near to God and He’ll give you a fresh hunger for truth. If you’ve never asked Jesus to be your Savior, call out to Him now.

When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him. Colossians 2:13-15

PRAYER TRIUMPHS OVER OUR CIRCUMSTANCES. God, thank You for sending Jesus to set me free. I know He is Your Son and that He died for me and rose from the dead. Forgive me for all my sins. I receive Jesus into my life right now. God, I give my life to You. Amen.

TRIUMPH!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®
HAPPY EASTER!

tri·umph, noun
A significant success or noteworthy achievement; instance or occasion of victory. Exultation resulting from victory; joy over success.

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Let’s Get Ready for Easter

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road. The crowds going ahead of Him [Jesus], and those who followed, were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest!” Matthew 21:8-9

1. HONOR JESUS. Jesus is the Messiah and He fulfilled every prophecy about Himself, and someday soon Jesus is going to come back. In the meantime, we are to exalt and acknowledge Him. And just like the crowds cried out “Hosanna!” (“Save us!”) when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, we are also coming into a time when our city, our nation, and our world will be stirred to ask for God’s salvation.

2. PREPARE IN PRAYER. As we approach Easter, let’s spend some time in prayer. Pray for the thousands of people who will come to our campus on Good Friday, on Saturday for the Easter Egg Hunt, and on Easter Sunday. Pray for people you know and for the opportunity to invite them to church for Easter weekend. We are believing that people will get saved, rededicated to the Lord, delivered from oppression, and on fire for God!

WHAT WE ARE PRAYING FOR AS A CHURCH:
• The leadership of our nation.
• God’s strategy for our church to be revealed.
• Our church to be strong, obedient, and on fire.
• The children of the church—to succeed in life.
• Everyone’s needs to be met abundantly.

Get Ready!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Get Equipped

Friday, November 11th, 2016

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Acts 1:8

1. WALK IN GOD’S POWER. God has called us to go out and change the world but only when we are clothed with His power (Luke 24:49). Though we live an earthly life, we do not fight an earthly war (2 Corinthians 10:3). God has made available spiritual weapons to believers—like the Name of Jesus, the Blood of Jesus, and the Word of God.

2. KNOW YOUR BATTLEGROUND. If you have been in a protracted battle, you can have a turning point today. There is a war for your mind. Fear will try to seize your thought life and fill it with all kinds of terrible images. The devil will try to tempt you and get you off track so that you stay stuck in chronic guilt. But you can overcome! The Bible tells us to take “every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven. Matthew 16:19

3. PRAYER CHANGES THINGS. We pray to bind the devil’s plan and to loose God’s plan for our lives—over our families, our nation, and the world. This is not a futile exercise. Using one of God’s amazing power tools truly changes things. No prayer is too big. So throw your shoulders back, get your head up, and know that the Lord has given you the authority of His Word, and in the Name of Jesus, things must change.

Press on!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION
Jesus is the Lord of my life. God is not weak toward me, but mighty in me (2 Corinthians 13:3). He is pushing me past any oppression or barrier that tries to hold me back. I am free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2) and God has blessed me with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3).

bat·tle·ground, noun
The piece of ground on which a battle is or was fought. A place or situation of strife or conflict.

Copyright © 2016 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Footnote: “battlefield.” Oxford Dictionaries. Web. 8 Nov 2016 .

Knowing God

Friday, July 15th, 2016

In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there. Mark 1:35

1. CONNECTION. Christianity is a relationship—not just knowing about God, but knowing Him personally. We’ve all drifted at times and gotten into routine, but when we take time to connect with God—through prayer, times of worship, and getting in the Word—it makes all the difference.

It was at this time that He [Jesus] went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God. And when day came, He called His disciples to Him and chose twelve of them, whom He also named as apostles. Luke 6:12-13

2. WISDOM. After Jesus had gone to the mountain to pray, He chose the twelve disciples. When we seek the Lord, we will get wisdom. Our spirits grow and develop when we get into prayer, go to church, and—most important—spend time with God in the secret place (Psalm 91:1 NKJV).

Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus. Acts 4:13

3. IMPACT. Lingering in the presence of God translates into impacting others. When you know your God, then good fruit will come of it. Personal, political and societal issues are all resolved in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus—the Head of the Church and the hope for America.

God bless you,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Pray this prayer:
Jesus, I love You. I choose today to reconnect in my fellowship with You. You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11). Thank You for Your wisdom operating in my daily life. I know my God and I am strong and will carry out great exploits (Daniel 11:32b). In Jesus’ Name, amen!

Know, verb
To have a practical understanding of, as through experience. To have fixed in the mind.
To perceive as familiar; recognize. To discern the character or nature of.

Copyright © 2016 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. “Know.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright © 2016 by Houghton.

How to Be Ready in Every Season

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season. 2 Timothy 4:2a

1. PREPARE. God uses people who get ready. Preparation is a statement to your future that you are available. It’s a statement that you trust God with your future. We are called to be poised – not wound up or nervous, but ready. And preparation will set you up to be at peace and available for opportunity.

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

2. GET FUELED IN THE WORD AND PRAYER. Let your sufficiency come from the Word of God which equips you for every good work. When we pray, it changes things. As we consistently repent and keep our hearts clean, we can be ready to be used by God for every good work.

3. STAY AVAILABLE TO THE HOLY SPIRIT. Realize you matter to God and take your life seriously. Develop the gifts God gave you. You are on assignment. As you keep yourself available to the Holy Spirit, signs and wonders will follow you.

GET READY!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION
My steps are ordered of the Lord and He delights in my way (Psalm 37:23). As I prepare and develop the gifts God gave me, I’ll have increased effectiveness in my daily life.

Copyright © 2016 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. “Ready.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. 19 April 2016.

Pray for Easter!

Friday, March 18th, 2016

Easter is the New Year’s Day of the Church! It’s a weekend when we have an opportunity to reach many people and tell them about Jesus – on Good Friday, at the Saturday Egg Hunt, and on Easter Morning. Use the points below to pray over the church this next week as we believe God for a great harvest!

PRAY THAT:

1. VOLUNTEERS ARE COVERED. Those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed (Proverbs 11:25b NLT). God, I pray that You bless those who are taking time to help others. I pray that they will have a fantastic weekend and that they will be safe and protected in Jesus’ Name!

2. IN-REACH AND OUTREACH ARE EQUALLY POWERFUL. I pray the anointing of the Holy Spirit will cover the entire weekend and that as soon as people step onto our church campus they will feel God’s love. I pray that everyone – from first-time visitors to those who have been here for decades – is reached with the life-giving power of Jesus.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14:6

3. PEOPLE’S HEARTS ARE OPEN TO RECEIVE. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. God, I pray that the hearts of entire families will turn toward You and that You will add daily to the number of those who are being saved (Acts 2:47).

As you pray for Easter weekend, also believe God for opportunities to invite people to attend. It’s going to be a great weekend!

God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2016 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.

Becoming Spiritually Strong

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

You are a spirit, you have a soul, and you live in a body. God wants you to be spiritually strong—to learn to hear from Him and be led by Him. Here are two practical ways to help you develop your spirit and grow stronger in your walk with God.

GET IN THE WORD. God’s Word is life and it changes us. God doesn’t ask that we turn our brains off but that we get our minds renewed (Ephesians 4:23). The Bible will change the way we think—and help us to be led by the Spirit and not the flesh (Galatians 5:16). When you need to make big life decisions, turn off the TV and spend some time in the Word of God.

PRAY IN THE SPIRIT. Every day pray in the Holy Spirit. When you do, you are speaking mysteries to God (1 Corinthians 14:2) and strengthening your spirit (Jude 1:20). It will also help you to become more sensitive to God’s leading. You don’t have to flip a coin or look around for popular opinion. The Spirit of God will guide you and help you.

Our Christian experience should not make us weird. In fact, God is the one who takes us out of dysfunction and makes us functional. As we commit to developing ourselves through prayer, studying the Word, and obeying the Holy Spirit, we will see victory as we face life’s battles. We’ll be less carnal and more spiritual, less irritable and more loving, less selfish and more giving. We’ll take definitive steps into greater effectiveness, people will respond to the truth of the Gospel, and we will see revival in our generation.

Press on,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Real Help Comes From God

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence. Psalm 42:5

The psalmist works through the struggles of his heart by asking the right questions and then concluding the answer—Hope in God.

GOD HAS A HOPEFUL PROPOSITION FOR EVERY SITUATION. O my God, my soul is in despair within me; therefore I remember You from the land of the Jordan and the peaks of Hermon, from Mount Mizar (Psalm 42:6). Like the psalmist remembered God’s faithfulness, we can look back and remember how God rescued people from desperate situations. Jonah was about to be digested in the belly of a fish but got put back on track. Daniel survived a long night with hungry lions without one scratch or bite. The people of Israel got attacked by Pharaoh’s army right in the middle of their miracle as they were walking across the parted Red Sea. But God used the moment to bury the enemy for good, never to be seen again.

FAITH BRINGS EVERYTHING TO GOD IN PRAYER WITH THE EXPECTATION OF RESULTS. Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval (Hebrews 11:1-2). The malady of despair is epidemic right now. That’s why we need to get really serious about articulating the good news. We identify what the concrete substance of the Word of God says and we take our stand on those promises.

FILL YOUR HEART WITH GOD’S WORD. Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (Psalm 119:105). There are answers corresponding to every challenge you face, and they are found in the Word of God. Find scriptures that pertain to your situation, write them down, and meditate on them. Then, take your stand and use the Word of God like a two-edged sword to cut through each despair-producing issue in your life. Faithful is God who calls you, and He will bring His plan to pass (1 Thessalonians 5:24).

Press on,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Real help comes from God. Your blessing clothes your people!
Psalm 3:8 The Message.

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How to Sharpen Your Edge

Monday, October 29th, 2012

If the axe is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must exert more strength. Wisdom has the advantage of giving success. Ecclesiastes 10:10

We have the capacity to be led by the Holy Spirit. But if your edge has been worn down in life, you have to exert more energy to get things done. God has given us ways to get sharp so we can make the big and little decisions, so we can have answers, and so we can advance.

CAST YOUR CARES IN PRAYER. But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God (Jude 1:20-21a). Worries and cares choke the Word and make it unfruitful (Matthew 13:22), but praying in the Spirit and walking in love will sharpen us. Whenever you have a situation, don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything (Philippians 4:6).

ASK FOR WISDOM. But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him (James 1:5). God wants to fortify and strengthen you. If you lack wisdom, ask God—He will never reprimand you for asking. He desires to lead us both in vital areas and in the minor issues of our lives.

MEDITATE ON THE WORD. For the Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit (Hebrews 4:12a). The Word of God is sharper than the sharpest instrument known to man. Meditating on Scriptures will completely change and sharpen areas of your thinking. Our world is filled with weapons of mass distraction, but when you meditate on the Word, you are slowing down and taking time to contemplate.

God’s Word on your lips—the good news message of Jesus—can change somebody’s whole eternal track. Sharpen your edge by praying in the Spirit, by seeking God, and by meditating on the Scriptures. As you listen and obey the voice of the Holy Spirit, dullness will be replaced by razor sharp effectiveness.

God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2012 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.