Join me in my annual consecration. Beginning Easter (Resurrection) Sunday until June 4, 2017 (Pentecost Sunday) we are fasting and praying 50 days for 50 couples. The first day is dedicated to praying for the wife of my dear friend, The Reverend Malcolm Stephens of Atlanta, Georgia. Malcolm suddenly passed away yesterday, the day before Easter, leaving behind a wife and children.
When my mother passed away in February, Malcolm drove 12 ours from Atlanta to South Bend, Indiana to help me celebrate her life. According to his wife, Malcolm said he needed to help with the funeral because I was an only child and alone. He arrived Friday, served at the services Saturday, and after packing up my car drove 12 hours back to Atlanta to preach Sunday morning. Malcolm is remembered as a man of God and a devoted and loyal friend.
Easter Sunday we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Fifty days following the celebration of Resurrection Sunday, including Sunday, April 16, Christians around the world celebrate Pentecost or Pentecost Sunday. Pentecost is a religious holiday that celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit on the early followers of Jesus Christ and also recognizes the day that the church was established.
Christianity Today writes, “Christians celebrate Pentecost Sunday by giving praise to God for blessing them with the Holy Spirit. This helped them preach the miracles of God and gave them the courage to spread His word even without the guidance of Jesus Christ.” This year Pentecost Sunday falls on June 4, approximately 3 and a half months from the first official worship service of our church, Empowered Living Church. We will spend the next seven weeks fasting and praying for 49 couples in Charlotte. Each Charlotte couple will be confidentially partnered with another couple from the first 100 Days of Prayer in 2016.
We will spend the next seven weeks fasting and praying for 49 couples in Charlotte. Each Charlotte couple, confidentially partnered with another couple from the first 100 Days of Prayer in 2016, will be asked to submit one to three prayer requests. Everyone who reads this message is invited to fast and pray along with us.
As for me, I will fast between 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM. In addition, men are invited to join The Power Movement’s morning prayer line at 6:30 AM every weekday. To join the prayer line call (605) 475-6006 and enter code 119862#. For over a decade men from around the country have met via conference call for prayer, accountability, and inspiration on The Power Movement’s prayer line. Challenge yourself to rise early in the morning for prayer and spend at least one day a week fasting and praying for a couple and/or your spouse or significant other.