“Focus 40” Devotions for Lent 2011

Focus 40For the Lenten Season, Community Bible Fellowship is joining Church of God Ministries in daily devotions from “Focus 40”, a program for the forty days leading up to Easter 2011 (beginning March 9).  Each day’s devotion will be online at the here or you may download the full booklet for free on our homepage www.AustinCBF.com.

The Church is being called to unite in a time of prayer and fasting during the forty days leading up to Easter. Imagine the transformative power that could be unleashed if the church united in a time of deliberate prayer and fasting. How many lives could be changed? How many congregations could be healed and empowered for the sharing of the Good News of Christ? Imagine what could happen if we Christians humbled ourselves in submission,
sacrifice and prayer? Focus 40 is a call for the church to join together for just such a period of worship and obedience. Growing out of their personal experiences in the Word, prayer and fasting,the Focus 40 Devotionals have been prepared by people across the nation. God’s promise is still true, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray…” ( 2 Chron 7:14 NIV).

“We are convinced that through the spiritual disciplines of prayer and fasting we refresh and connect in our relationship with God and others around us,” said Rev. Randy Montgomery, area administrator for Kentucky and chairman of the Strategic Values Transformation Team Cultivate and Refresh. “As God’s children, we need to pull away from all the voices and noises in our lives and focus and reconnect with our Father.”

“Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning” (Joel 2:12 NIV).  Imagine if the church came together in the next forty days, in prayer and fasting—praying for God’s awesome outpouring of anointing, blessing, and life-transforming power upon his people. Do you suppose anything memorable could happen? Would God show up in our midst in ways yet not experienced by us? Would any lasting positive change happen in our lives, families, churches, and other relationships? We the Cultivate/Refresh Team believe all of this and more can happen as we come together in this time of prayer and fasting, and we are delighted to offer these Focus 40 Devotionals as helpful resources. We invite you to join us in this life transforming experience and to encourage your family and friends to participate also.

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