National Prayer & Fast Day 9-10 : Cooperation

Anita Ruis, Jan 21, 2022, 3:55 AM
Anita Ruis National Director
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Day 9-10: Co-operation

"Find where God is and get behind whatever He is doing, He always wins."
John Wimber

During this time of fasting and prayer there has been a percolating and tangible sense of hope and anticipation that is at work in us as a movement.

1. Hope in our heritage. There has been a keen sense of a reawakening to who we are as a Vineyard, particularly in regards to healing. A clear call to be those who are to carry the Spirit's ministry of the healing of mind, soul, body and spirit walked out in compassion, mercy and justice.

2. Hope in the midst of mess. God is at work dispelling fear and filling us with a sense of his presence. A prophetic picture came of us under an umbrella, but water was pouring down underneath the umbrella. A paradox, but a beautiful way to capture the beauty of being sheltered and sustained by the Lord.

3. Hope in creativity and a sense of newness. As challenging as the times are that we find ourselves in, the Spirit will grace us with fresh ideas, strategies and wisdom to take our next step.

Guiding Text: Acts 13:2

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."

What a remarkable moment captured in the biblical narrative. Our expectation is that this will parallel our experience. As we lean into this space of worshiping and fasting these last two days, we are anticipating the Spirit's direction, guidance and empowering. It is the Spirit who sets us apart for service. It is the Spirit who enables us to carry out the work we are called to. Partnering with Him. Partnering with each other. Step by step.

Common Prayer:

Franciscan Benediction

May God bless you with discomfort
At easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships,
So that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger
At injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people,
So that you may work for justice, freedom, and peace.

May God bless you with tears
To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger, and war,
So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain to joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness
To believe that you can make a difference in the world,
So that you can do what others claim cannot be done,
To bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.

Amen