The Church of God is being called to unite in a time of prayer and fasting during the forty days leading up to Easter 2012. 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 the writers personal experiences in the Word, prayer, and fasting, the Focus 40 Devotions for Adults have been prepared by Church of God people across the nation. Gods promise is still true, If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray (2 Chron 7:14).
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, chairman of the Strategic Values Transformation Team Cultivate and Refresh. As Gods 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).
Imagine if the church came together in the next forty days, in prayer and fastingpraying for Gods 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.
The Transformation Team Connect/Refresh: Dr. Sam Bruce, Editor; and Rev. Randy Montgomery, Chair; Rev. Joseph D. Allison, Co-Chair; Rev. Barb Ferraro; Dr. Steve Birch; Dr. James Johnman; Dr. Andy Stephenson; Dr. Melissa Pratt; Dr. Sam Bruce; Rev. Gary Moore; Rebecca Hodges