Please Pray for Our Church

After more 40 years of existence our church is again the midst of transition.  Our desire is that we become an even greater reflection of Jesus to our community than we have in the past.  That can only happen through the blessing of God and the work of the Holy Spirit.  For this reason I’m inviting the entire church to join me in a week of prayer and fasting.

Beginning Sunday, Dec. 3 I will begin my annual prayer retreat after our congregational lunch honoring our missionaries to Kenya, the Drs. Brockington.  As I have done for the past 18 years I will pray for every person in our church directory by name and pray daily for all requests given to me in writing.  The prayer I would like for you to pray with me during this week concerns the future of our church.  What direction is the Holy Spirit calling us to pursue?  What sacrifices are we needing to make to fulfill the mission God has given us?  What idols need to be removed from our hearts that all of our praise might be given only to the Lord Jesus?  What resources do we need God to provide to accomplish his purposes?

In our recent studies in the book of Daniel we noted how he and his young friends developed a unique fast enabling them to resist the pull of the Empire while devoting themselves to the one true God.  Specifically, they restricted their diet to eating only foods that came from seeds and drinking water (Daniel 1:12).  Today we call this the Daniel Fast.  There are many variations to how one might follow this fast and I encourage you to determine before hand what you will allow yourself to eat and what you will deny yourself.  (Click here for further guidelines.)

I will follow the fast from Sunday after lunch to noon on Friday.  Determine beforehand what days you would like to fast and then stick to your plan.  The beauty of the Daniel Fast is that you don’t really get hungry (as one does in a normal fast), you just don’t eat everything you desire.  Your fast is a way of saying, “I want to know the will of God more than I want steak and cake and everything else I’m not eating.”  

Make sure to plan some special times of prayer, meditation and reflection.  I’d be interesting in hearing whatever insights you believe the Holy Spirit is communicating to you.  Discerning the will of God for the future of our church is not just for those in position of leadership.  It is a whole church effort.  I’m inspired by the church in Antioch.  “While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off” (Acts 13:2-3).  Thus began what later came to be called “Paul’s First Missionary Journey.”  It was not the product of human planning but God’s leading.

What wonderful works does God want to do through the Clear Lake Church of Christ?  Let’s ask him and open our hearts to receive His leading.  Please send me an email ( to let me know you will be joining me for this fast.

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.

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