Prayer & Fasting 2015

June 30-July 2, 2015

We are calling on everyone to join our prayer and fasting. This is the time of year when we corporately consecrate ourselves, our families, and ministries to God. Believe God for victories and breakthroughs in every area of your life this year.

Fasting breaks demonic strongholds.

Steve Murrell

As you fast, think about your destiny, and that of the generations after you.

Joey Bonifacio

It is the wisest thing to trust the plan of the One who knows your past, your present and your future.

Juray Mora

Sometimes, it’s not adversity but prosperity that makes us forget God.

Nixon Ng

If we align our prayers with God’s kingdom purposes, then we have the assurance that our prayers will be answered.

Manny Carlos

Practical Guide

To Prayer & Fasting

“Consecrate a fast; call a solemn assembly. Gather the elders and all the inhabitants
of the land to the house of the LORD your God, and cry out to the LORD.”

Joel 1:14


Why Fast?
  1. As we begin the second half of 2015, let us take time to thank God for His faithfulness and seek Him in prayer.
  2. Fasting is a time to humble ourselves before God, listen to His voice, and realign ourselves to His will. As we consecrate ourselves as a church, we can expect God to move mightily in our midst.
  3. Let’s continue to believe God for breakthrough and that we will honor Him in everything we do this year.
Prepare for the Fast
  1. Maintain a thankful heart throughout the fast. Be prepared and open to receive direction from God.

  2. Prayerfully and thoughtfully fill out the prayer points page. Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance.

Practical Tips
  1. Commit to a type of fast. Do not decide on a day-to-day basis. Commit before the fast and be determined.
  2. Gradually prepare your body for the fast. Start eating smaller portions and meals before you begin your fast. Avoid food that is high in sugar and fat. Two days prior to the fast, eat raw fruit and vegetables only. Consult a physician if you need to.

DEVOTIONALS

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3

Honor God in our Work

"Whatever you do, work heartly, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ".

Colossians 3:23,24


We can honor God in our work when we serve diligently and heartily. God does not want us to be careless, lazy, or apathetic in what we do—our work, studies, business, career, or in our service to other people.

To work heartily means to work with enthusiasm, diligence, and cheerfulness. It means to work from our soul, so that whatever we do, we do it with a genuine attitude coming from our character. We do not serve to make a good impression on others or to put on a show.

Though our jobs may be boring or mundane at times, God wants us to look at our work as an opportunity to honor and glorify Him. Since we are working for the Lord, not for people, we should always serve with eagerness and excellence. What a difference from trying to get by with as little effort as possible! With this perspective, no work is a heavy burden.

Whatever job God has called us to, He wants us to serve Him with it. Serving the Lord at work gives dignity to what we do. We may be studying, preparing a report, doing a sales call, or leading a business meeting; our Master, our President, our God, whom we ultimately serve, sees what we do and how we work. Therefore, we put our whole heart into our work so we can honor Him.

We should always serve with eagerness and excellence.


Reflect

How does the Bible compare the slothful and the sluggard with the diligent? What are the benefits of being diligent?
•Proverbs 12:24

•Proverbs 13:4
How should we work and aspire to live?

•Ephesians 6:5-9

•1 Thessalonians 4:11,12

Respond

What’s one specific way you can honor God through your work? How can you work heartily and with excellence? Share this with your Victory group.
Write one of your faith goals for your studies, work, career, or business. Pray that when you accomplish this goal, God would be glorified.

Honor God with our Relationship

"Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor."

Romans 12:10


The Greek word for “love” (philadelphia) in this verse means the mutual, brotherly, and familial love. Christians are to love members of the family of God like they would their own physical families. And how should we show that reciprocal love to others? By outdoing one another in showing honor, respect, and kindness. This attitude stands in contrast to the world’s way of putting and promoting one’s self and advancement before others.

As followers of Christ, we should give due recognition to other people instead of seeking glory for ourselves. We should not be envious or jealous of other people when they receive praise or recognition. Instead of outdoing others in selfish and self-promoting ways, the Apostle Paul says we should outdo one another in honoring fellow believers.

The Bible exhorts us to think of other people as better than ourselves. So whether it is our family, friends, classmates, officemates, or fellow believers, we can honor God in our relationships as we treat people with love, respect, kindness, and concern.


We should outdo one another in honoring fellow believers.

Reflect

What attitude should we forsake and what attitude should we have with regard to our relationships with others, according to Philippians 2:1-5?
In what way should we treat others according to the Scriptures, so that we will bring honor and praise to God?
Ephesians 4:32
Colossians 3:12-17
Hebrews 13:1-4

Respond

    Make a decision to honor your parents whether at home or in public. What can you start doing to honor them this week?
    How can you speak encouraging and kind words to those in your family, Victory group, and workplace this week? How can you outdo someone in showing honor?

Honor God with our Good Deeds

11Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. 12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

Peter 2:11,12


We are to honor God through our lifestyle because God is as concerned about our conduct as our conversation, and about our behavior as much as our beliefs.

The Apostle Peter identifies Christians as sojourners—temporary residents and foreigners in this world. People who have a different faith from ours normally observe how Christians behave. Because of our faith, we will be persecuted and spoken against. So Peter exhorts us to live properly among unbelievers so that even if they bring false accusations and do ill against us, they will see our exemplary lifestyle, which will honor God—and we can lead them to God.

We have heard the popular saying, “Actions speak louder than words.” This saying is especially true in our conduct as we live with non-Christians. We can’t preach to them if they do not see that we practice what we believe in. But if our conduct matches our faith, it will be easier to win others over.


If our conduct matches our faith, it will be easier to win others over.

Peter’s advice sounds like what Jesus said to His disciples in Matthew 5:16: “. . . let your light shine before people, so that they can see your good deeds and give honor to your Father in heaven.”


Reflect

Read Matthew 5:14-16. To what are Christ’s followers compared? Why should we let our light shine before others?
Why should we keep on doing good to other people?
•Hebrews 13:16
•Galatians 6:9
•Titus 3:14

Respond

Who are you praying to preach the gospel to? What can you do to show him or her kindness this week?
In what ways can you set a good example in your home, campus, office, or neighborhood so that other people can see the light and the love of Christ in your life?

Honor God with our Service

10As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: 11whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. . . .

1 Peter 4:10,11


It is said that the Romans minted a coin that had a picture of an ox on both sides. On one side, the ox stood by an altar with the inscription: “for sacrifice”; on the other side, the ox was yoked to a plough with the inscription: “for service.” The coin was a reminder that Rome gave every citizen the unique privilege to give themselves either for sacrifice or for service.

As Christians, we have the privilege of being used by God every single day of our lives by serving one another in a way that honors God.

We do this by first using the gifts God has given us by His grace. Like a gifted piano player who brings joy to the audience by playing, every time we use God’s gift to serve one another, people are edified and God is glorified.

We also honor God as we use the strength He has given us to serve others. If we rely just on our own power and strength, we will not serve others. How often have we said, “I’ll serve Him as long as He gives me strength”? The Bible says, “Your days shall equal your strength.” God will give you the strength to serve Him by serving others and, in so doing, God will be praised and glorified.


We honor God as we use the strength He has given us to serve others.

Reflect

What were the Apostle Peter’s instructions in (1 Peter 4:7-11)?
How are we to serve God?
•1 Samuel 12:24

•Joshua 22:1-5

•Psalm 100:2

Respond

Do you rely on your own strength to accomplish things? How can you rely on the strength God has given you to do the tasks He has called you to do?
What gifts do you have that you can use to serve God and others? How can you serve a family member, classmate, officemate, friend, or neighbor this week?

Downloads

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TIMES & LOCATIONS

Victory Alabang

7PM

4F Festival Supermall Filinvest Corporate City Alabang, Muntinlupa City

Victory Caloocan

7:30PM

Valenzuela City Center for the Performing Arts

Victory Fort

12NN 7pm

2F Every Nation Building 32nd Street corner University Parkway Bonifacio Global City Taguig City

Victory Greenhills

7PM

4F V-Mall Greenhills Shopping Center Greenhills, San Juan 1503 Philippines

Victory Makati

7PM

Makati Sports Club L.P. Leviste corner Gallardo Streets Salcedo Village, Makati City

Victory Malate

12NN 6:30PM

LifeBox Malate Center 3/F University Mall 2507 Taft Avenue Malate

6:30 PM: Village Square Harrison Plaza Pablo Ocampo corner Mabini Street Malate

Victory Metro East

6PM 7:30PM

Level 4, West Wing Robinsons Metro East Marcos Highway corner Felix Avenue Brgy. Dela Paz, Pasig City

Victory Muntinlupa

TBA

Victory Nova

7PM

Level 3, Robinsons Place Novaliches Baranggay Pasong-Putik, Quirino Highway Novaliches, Quezon City

Victory Ortigas

June 30: 12NN July 1-2: 12 NN 6:30 PM

4F West Wing Robinsons Galleria EDSA corner Ortigas Avenue Quezon City

Victory Pasig

7PM

Yakal Street, Brgy. Kapasigan, Pasig City

Victory Pioneer

12NN 7PM

3F Robinsons Pioneer 30 EDSA corner Pioneer Street Mandaluyong City

Victory Santa Rosa

7PM

The Monochrome Evozone cor. Venado Street Nuvali Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Rd. City of Santa Rosa

Victory Quezon City

7PM

5F Regis Center 327 Katipunan Avenue Loyola Heights Quezon City

Victory U-Belt

7PM

Unit 302 Saint Thomas Square España Boulevard corner P. Campa Street Sampaloc, Manila

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